Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Sometimes, mental health is overlooked or dismissed as less important because it can be hard to physically see when there is an issue, and it’s also difficult to observe a positive change. It’s vital to not overlook your emotional well-being as an intricate part of your overall health and wellness because they overlap much more than you probably realize!

Studies show a clear connection between mental and physical health, and there is a surprising amount of research to support mental health impacting the physical health and vice versa (physical health impacting mental health). Of course, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to learn, then use that knowledge to be better each day.

It can be difficult to make changes for the better because some changes are truly challenging to keep up with. However, one of the easiest things to do regularly is to eat delicious food. What if we told you that adding just four tasty foods to your diet could have a positive impact on your mental health and wellness? Get excited, this positive change is going to be a piece of cake!

Feed Your Senses

You’re almost certainly expecting us to include broccoli, brussels sprouts, and other traditionally healthy food on our list. Yes, those foods are great, and they will certainly make your body happy! But, to be honest, we all need a little bit of good news these days. So today, we are going to share some surprising foods that truly evoke joy at a chemical level when they enter the body. If you are wondering how that’s possible, one dietitian explains it as the “gut-brain axis,” where essentially, the gut talks to the brain – and if the gut is happy, it sends positive signals to the brain.

You’re probably getting hungry, so let’s get started. Here are four yummy foods to treat your tastebuds and your mind:

1. Dark Chocolate

Yes, that’s right! A trial study conducted by the American Chemical Society found that dark chocolate actually helps minimize emotional fatigue. Dark chocolate, especially containing 70% cacao and higher, enhances the mood because it triggers higher levels of endorphins – the happy hormone – leaving you feeling happier and overall more satisfied. No more feeling like chocolate is a “guilty pleasure!” If it’s tasty dark chocolate, it’s helping your health!

2. Fruit Smoothies

Imagine elevating your mood by tossing some bananas and berries in the blender! It almost sounds too good to be true. But there is science behind it, we promise! Bananas contain tryptophan, a brain chemical that helps to regulate mood as well as other beneficial properties.  Berries are bright-colored, sweet, and delicious, but behind those bold colors are some serious mood-boosting properties. So mix your favorites in the blender and drink up! Your mind and body will thank you.

3. Coffee

Okay, it’s technically not a “food,” but coffee is something many people love, and they may not realize the benefits of it. Caffeinated coffee actually has many health properties, including being linked to elevating the mood and reducing your inclination to feel low. It also increases serotonin levels, making you feel uplifted and energetic.

4. Red Wine

Yes, it’s another beverage, but it deserves to be on this list. Of course, we have to tread lightly when it comes to promoting increased alcohol consumption. However, if you are of legal drinking age, an occasional glass of red wine is known to have numerous health benefits! Research has found red wine to be good for the heart, and it is linked to a reduced risk of depression. So, instead of a sugary cocktail, sometimes, have a little red wine – your heart and mind will thank you!

Incorporating these yummy things into your diet doesn’t seem too bad, does it? Remember, everything in moderation. And of course, you know that increasing your fruit, vegetable, and whole-grain intake is good for you and your waistline, too. Balance is everything!

CBD: Providing Natural Support

In addition to the tasty suggestions above, another increasingly popular wellness trend is hemp-derived CBD. This all-natural wellness product offers prompt, consistent relief from head to toe, making it a preferred option for individuals who want to feel more balanced and relaxed without fear of mind-altering side effects.

CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it is a compound derived from hemp, then used in several wellness products on the market today. From topical body creams and gels to sugary edibles of just about every shape and flavor, CBD delivers results when you need it most. CBD is currently used to:

– help promote general peace of mind

– support fatigued joints

– provide topical relief to overworked muscles

– enhance one’s daily sleep routine

– promote clarity

– elevate one’s skincare routine

– and much more

Because CBD is completely legal, all-natural, and plant-derived, it has quickly become one of the fastest-growing health trends the U.S. has ever seen.

The Hemp Doctor: Delivering Quality

When you’re ready to add CBD into your routine, you don’t want to settle for a mediocre gas station CBD product. You want quality because that’s what you deserve! And that’s exactly what you’ll find at The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary. We only offer the highest quality hemp, CBD, and CBG products on the market, because we truly care about the welfare of our family of customers.

We are highly-detailed and diligent at every step – from growing healthy, robust hemp plants in nutritious, organic U.S. soil to purifying, processing, and quality-checking every product. We don’t cut corners because we aim to meet, then exceed, industry standards for quality. When you shop our wide inventory, you’ll be thrilled to have so many premier products to choose from. We have something that fits into just about anyone’s lifestyle.

If you’re ready to have some of the best CBD on the market delivered straight to your door, shop online at The Hemp Doctor today! And if you have any questions or if you’d like us to recommend a product for you, you can always contact us or find us on social media.

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