The search for balance in life’s constant ebb and flow can often leave you feeling unmotivated, anxious, and stressed out.
Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Seventy percent of people recently surveyed said they feel distracted at work, and 16 percent say they’re distracted all the time. But it’s not just workplace stress that’s affecting Americans today. More than 16 million adults are also suffering from depression.
Diet and Mood
Could the food you’re eating really impact how you feel? The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a non-profit research and advocacy organization, believes it can.
PCRM writes on its website about how dietary changes can lead to improved mood and quality of life. It points to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry which looked at the eating habits and moods of 3,486 participants over a five-year period. Those who ate whole foods (plant foods that are as unprocessed and unrefined as possible) reported fewer symptoms of depression compared to people who ate mostly processed food.
Ditching meat could also have an impact. A separate study, published in Nutrition Journal, found that vegetarians generally experience more positive moods than meat-eaters. Nutritionist Geeta Sidhu-Robb spoke to Cosmopolitan about why this may be. “The elimination of long chain fatty acids, predominantly arachidonic acid which is present in meat and is associated with symptoms of depression, means you are less at risk of suffering from it,” she said. “Vegan diets also have more complex carbohydrates present which increase the feel good hormone serotonin in the brain.”
The benefits of vegan food don’t stop there. “The vitamins calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B have been linked to lower stress levels, and you will be consuming higher levels of these on a vegan diet,” Greeta explained. “Antioxidants found in vitamins A, C and E help reduce free-radical damage, which increases when we are stressed.”
Dr. Jamie Koufman — director of the Voice Institute, one of the most comprehensive voice centers in the U.S. — spoke to Elite Daily about diet’s influence on mood. Dr. Koufman said, “Yes, [a plant-based diet is] good for mood, it’s good for your heart, your circulation, including your brain circulation — which might be part of the mood effect.”
“A plant-based diet is not only a healthier diet. A meat-based diet can actually be dangerous and disease-causing,” she added.
Diet and Brain Health
As well as improvements in mood, there are even more reasons to eat your greens. A study published in 2018 found that plant-based foods could heighten brain performance. Researchers from the University of Illinois studied 116 healthy adults between the ages of 65 and 75 to see if nutrition could impact cognitive ability. The study focused on 32 nutrients found in the Mediterranean diet, which is centered around plant-based foods, healthy fats, herbs, and some fish.
The study found a connection between several nutrient biomarkers in the blood and high brain performance. Omega-3 fatty acids, alpha- and beta-carotenoids, and vitamins D and B — which the Mediterranean diet is rich in — were linked to more efficient brain function.
Harvard Medical School shares similar information on its website. It recommends plant-based foods like kale, broccoli, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, and walnuts to obtain brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K, folate, and beta carotene. “Incorporating many of these foods into a healthy diet on a regular basis can improve the health of your brain, which could translate into better mental function,” Harvard Medical School says.
Can Coffee Help You Focus?
Sixty-four percent of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day. Why? Besides the feeling of a warm mug in your hand of a morning, caffeine can give you the kick you need to get on with your day. A cup of joe contains vitamins B2, B3, and B5 as well as manganese and potassium, which can boost your energy levels and increase focus. But drinking too much coffee can have you feeling nervous, restless, and agitated. Which, let’s be honest, is not ideal.
If you’re on your third cup of coffee for the day and still not in the mental space you want to be, there may be refuge in an all-natural and science-backed alternative.
US-based wellness company Voke produces vegan superfood tablets designed for optimal brain and mood performance. The chewable tablets are made with plant-based ingredients like acerola cherry and guarana and are said to foster mental focus and a positive mood, without the downfalls of coffee.
How Does It Work?
Voke thought up the concept for its Chewable Superfood Tablets after looking into the body’s daily cycles. Have you snapped at a coworker recently? Found yourself aggravated by afternoon traffic? It might be because of something called diurnal body timing patterns, biological rhythms experienced throughout the day by humans. Experts refer to the highs and lows as Twin Peaks of Mood, attributing them to how we think and feel.
An early morning peak is followed by a decline down to a low mental space in the mid-afternoon. Our mental and emotional abilities are hindered during these lows. They can cause feelings like being unenthused, worn out, and unfocused. This is the time people often struggle to make decisions or have negative thoughts.
Research from the University of Oxford shows that the performance dip from peaks to valley points can equal that of drinking the legal limit of alcohol. Harvard researchers conducted tests during the valley point and found that academic performance was set back to the equivalent of missing two weeks of school a year, and Duke research says hospital employees are four times more likely to make an error during the mid-afternoon low.
Researchers from Cornell analyzed half a billion Tweets and found that people are generally more cynical and pessimistic during the low mental dip. Other research, involving employees from more than 2,100 companies, found that working professionals are more negative and irritable in the late afternoon.
These mood and decision declines are linked to chemical reactions in the body. Voke’s vegan tablets — which are meant to be used mid-morning and mid-afternoon — rely on a combination of superfood ingredients that may level out the ups-and-downs. Balancing body timing patterns can improve mood and short and long-term health.
Unlike the quick hit of energy you get from coffee, Voke users describe the vegan tablets as offering a more gradual incline to a focused, energized, and positive mental space. The feeling also lingers steadily throughout the day; it doesn’t just drop away once it wears off
The Voke Tabs have powered people through exploits on all seven continents, including multiple climbs in the Himalaya and a global sailboat expedition. One Voke user wrote in a testimony that the tablets deliver a “burst of energy.” Another reviewer said the Voke Tabs “are the perfect way to kick start a slow moment in the day and invigorate the brain to keep firing,” adding that the product is “way better” than coffee. Another wrote, “You could say, [Voke] makes me feel happier overall.”
Voke Tablet Ingredients
Unlike some products designed to give you a burst of energy, Voke Tabs are chemical-free and made with natural, plant-based ingredients. They also contain no gluten, sugar, or artificial sweeteners, colors, or flavors.
Each ingredient was carefully chosen based on benefits demonstrated in more than 25 peer-reviewed scientific research papers. Four superfoods work together to deliver fast results.
Raw guarana berry seed, sourced from Brazil, is a natural antioxidant. It’s included in its pure and natural form — it isn’t extracted or processed in any way. Guarana supports short and long-term cognitive performance, helps fight fatigue, and could help brighten mood and ease anxiety.
Acerola cherry, a Brazilian fruit, is what gives the Voke tablets their citrus-berry taste. Considered one of the planet’s most powerful fruits, the acerola cherry is an effective antioxidant. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps the body recover faster. It’s one of the world’s best sources of vitamin C, which is part of the reason why the Voke tablets contain 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
Voke Tabs also include red beetroot. This ingredient contains multiple bioactive agents including nitrate, which the body turns into nitrous oxide — a molecule essential to healthy cardiovascular, nervous, and immune systems. Red beetroot could assist with high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, and poor cognitive function.
Natural green tea leaf caffeine boosts memory, mood, and energy levels, and is particularly powerful for exercising.
Voke also strives to do its part for the environment as a member of 1% for the Planet. The global movement sees companies committing to donating 1 percent of their profits to environmental causes. Voke donates 1 percent of its revenue to Amazon Watch, an NGO that works with indigenous people to protect the Amazon.
You can try Voke for 30 days risk-free. For more information, see the Voke website.
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