Erin, Bart & Nathaniel discuss mental health while sharing some Chocolate, we banter and download what's on our radar.
Erin explains it can be hard what to believe when it comes to what foods we should incorporate more of in our diet and there’s always the latest fad/tread that people are talking about. Erin recently heard that pistachios could help you sleep at night and then there’s a whole green juice bandwagon that’s now turned into celery juice, also what about chocolate being good for your mental health? Then there are activities like mediation and yoga. Do they really help with your mental health or is it that our lives are so busy that when we finally get a chance to do nothing, we get this sense of relief?
**Pistachios** who would’ve thought that a one-ounce (28 grams) serving of these nuts could contain 6mg of melatonin the hormone that helps your body to relax. When your mental health is bad you often don’t sleep which can further impact your mental health, so if you’re struggling to sleep it may be worth enjoying a serving of these nuts. However, more research needs to be done on whether the body absorbs melatonin from food differently compared to supplements (which were mentioned in this article). These nuts may not directly impact your mental health however they may help with some anxiety side effects.
**Chocolate** often when we’re going through a tough period we reach for chocolate, and this may have benefits on our mood and mental health. Chocolate, specifically dark chocolate has been proven to lower the risks of depressive symptoms. This is because chocolate contains the following: Flavanols (brain-protecting nutrients that improve mood and cognition), caffeine and theobromine (these deliver rapid effects on energy and cognition), N-acylethanolamines (this is a fatty acid that has euphoric effects and has shown promise in treating bacterial, fungal, and viral infections) and Phenylethylamine (which increases the release of dopamine) all which can have positive impacts on your brain and mental health. You don’t need much chocolate only 1 or 2 ounces (30-60 grams) and to see any major effects it ideally needs to be dark chocolate (70% solids or more) but enjoyed regularly it can help.
To read the full article Erin wrote a week ago, Mental Health Myths: Do Particular Lifestyle Changes Really Make That Much of an Impact on Your Mental Health? Looking at: Celery Juice, Nuts, Chocolate, Meditation, Yoga and Sunshine
Nathaniel and Bart shout the launch of a **NEW** cupping series which we'll shoot on Friday's where we'll taste and share a no-*bull*shit opinion & guide to some local and regional coffee's, as well as milk-based & plant-based alternatives. And, we also discussed instant speciality coffee.
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