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7 Fun Foods That Promote Inner Body Balance

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Balance is something that we all need in order to feel our very best. Nutrition plays an essential role in achieving that goal because we become what we eat, and the quality of the food we pick helps stabilize our emotions, and ultimately our mood.


A good way to start moving towards the right direction is to include alkaline foods in your diet. Why? Because the alkaline minerals we have inside our body are used to level up acidic conditions created by the environment we cohabit with. When the pH of our blood is between the numeric fringes that oscillate from 7.35 to 7.45, it is considered alkaline. Generally, acidic conditions start to drop below 7.35, and that´s an ideal environment for disease to develop. Above 7.45, our organisms will enter in an excessive alkaline zone, which is not good either.

The foods we eat are transformed into acid or alkaline product once they have been digested and later broken down. As a matter of fact, the actual pH of a particular food does not at all influence the final process by which the body turns that item into an acidic or alkaline material. This means that when you chew a lemon, it may taste acidic in your mouth but it will be turned into an alkaline product in your stomach.

Among the considered alkaline-forming foods, we have meat, eggs, dairy, and refined carbs. On the contrary, the majority of fruits and vegetables are alkaline forming foods. Cooked foods are much more acidic than raw foods; the reason being that live foods have enzymes that detox our bodies and help it to absorb nutrients while "dead foods" are lacking those enzymes.

The magic combination to getting a balanced and healthy mood is formed by whole foods, veggies, and fruits that foster the production of serotonin, which is a chemical that balances our mood.

To Put The Science Into Practice, Here Are 7 Foods To Help You Reach An Optimal Mood:

1.Coconut

Water, meat, or oil - coconut is a great mood-boosting food. It has triglycerides that are used in our organisms in the form of ready to use brain petrol. It is proven that coconut scent helps to reduce stress and lowers blood pressure. Try to drink coconut water after an intense activity to recover energy, or enrich your breakfast with coconut shreds and feel the positive energy.

2.Avocado

Avocado is a fruit that provides healthy fats and is also rich in nutrients that are needed for serotonin to develop and reach stable levels in the brain. Guacamole or avocado toast with whole bread would be a great snack to raise your mood.

3.Broccoli

This green leafy vegetable has as much protein as meats, and like other vegetables of its kind, is a great source of alkaline minerals and fibers. In addition to this, it also has anti-stress properties. A tasteful broccoli pesto can be a great idea to enjoy this green veggie.

4.Chickpeas

Apart from being a good source of serotonin, this pulse is a great source of protein, potassium, and iron, and is fully packed with antioxidants and folates (3 times more than kale). You can combine it in a colourful salad or you can even taste the sweet version of it by making some easy raw chick energy balls.

5.Spirulina

This blue-green algae has "the world's highest source of protein (65%)." It also contains tryptophan, an amino necessary for the production of serotonin. This seaweed has plenty of minerals, trace elements, phytonutrients and enzymes. You can add it in your herbal tea, juice or smoothie.

6.Raw Chocolate

Cacao is the number one source of antioxidants, and it has magnesium, iron, manganese and chromium. Raw chocolate enhances both mood and energy. If you love chocolate, the best option for a guilt-free bite is to eat dark chocolate with a mínimum of 70% of cacao.

7.Walnuts

Considered the King of nuts, this food is indeed a health booster. They contain an amino called I-arginine which offers health benefits to your heart. Moreover, they have vitamin E, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants, which makes them ideal for not just feeding the brain, but controlling diabetes and combating weight gain.

A nutritive and happy meal equates to a happy and stable mood, so feed yourself wisely and you will benefit from vibrant health and overall general wellness.

*Originally published on Black Girl In Om

Rian De La Torre is a Holistic Heath coach and writer. She contributes to Om because I feel happy to become part of the holistic black sisterhood. For now, she spends half of the year in Uruguay in the countryside and the other half in Formentera (Spain) which is the last paradise of the mediterranean sea. Rian's go-to self-love practice consist of eating healthy (vegetarian) and hiking, yoga and journaling.

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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