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Rachelle's Take on Happiness Boosting Supplements | for Well+Good

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… “These are all exciting products, but herbalist and certified holistic health coach Rachelle Robinett wants people to keep things in perspective. “If only we could stop looking for our magic bullet,” she says. “Something I always tell people is that if they are going to spend all their money on herbs or supplements, their diet and lifestyle need to be in a good place. You have to check those boxes first,” she says.

“There also many potential reasons why a person could be unhappy, Robinett says—undiagnosed health conditions like gut or hormonal imbalances, mental health issues, external stimuli, etc. Herbs can only help with some of those conditions, and certain underlying conditions require more help from a trusted practitioner. “This is why it’s important to work with a trained professional if you are truly hoping to change your mood using herbs,” she says. She adds that some herbs, like St. John’s wort, can also interfere with prescription meds, so it’s important to fill your doctor in, too.

“That’s not to say that Robinett thinks the above-mentioned products have no purpose—au contraire! But it’s about understanding that they can be one aspect of an overall healthy lifestyle, not a quick fix. And be patient about seeing results. For example, adaptogens can take up to eight to 10 weeks of daily dosage to truly take effect, she says. “If you do plan on using a product in this way, it’s especially important to look into the sourcing of their herbs, especially with supplements,” she says. With patience, you might see a little extra joy in your future, too.”

Read the full story, here.

VIDEO: Mood-Boosting Snack Delivers Happiness in Every Bite | Plant Based on YouTube

Snacking should make you feel good. (Take that, sugar crash!) But what if I told you that you could make your 3 p.m. snack break even better with a treat that can literally improve your mood in just one bite? Intrigued, right?

In the latest episode of Plant Based, herbalist, health coach, and Supernatural founder Rachelle Robinett shares her recipe for “Dopamine Bliss Balls,” (a.k.a. souped up energy balls) which she says are the perfect pick-me-up for any time you’re feeling a bit sluggish.

The main ingredient in these bliss balls is mucuna pruriens, a.k.a. the “dopamine bean,” which is a legume native to tropical Asia and Africa. They’re dark brown and covered with stiff hairs that contain serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes calmness and satisfaction, Robinett explains. The plant is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine, and has been touted as a possible way to help manage depression.

Once dried and ground, the bean produces a powder that contains L-dopa, a direct precursor to dopamine. This helps our bodies naturally produce dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter that the brain releases when you’re happy.

“It can raise your mood a little bit, it can give us a little bit of energy,” Robinett says of mucuna pruriens benefits. “But it feels quite different than caffeine—it’s not quite as high and, for some people, mucuna pruriens can actually help with sleep.” Translation: It can be as good for a bedtime snack as it is in the afternoon.

Thankfully, it’s not super hard to reap mucuna pruriens benefits. You can buy the powder online (SunPotion makes it, as does Banyan Botanicals) or at your favorite health food store. Then, use it to make Robinett’s Dopamine Bliss Balls—which you can get if you watch the full video above. You’re that much closer to a happy-making snack.

Podcast: Supernatural Herbalism, Adaptogens, Trends, Productivity, Change + with Rachelle Robinett Herbalist and founder of Supernatural

“This was one of those conversations where I really got to know the guest during out chat. Rachelle and I met last summer at her cafe (Supernatural) where she gave me an energy ball to try. I liked her vibe and wanted to learn more about her, so I did what I always do –I asked her on the podcast! Months passed, we rescheduled about 1 million times, and then on a cold February evening I went to her amazing apartment in Brooklyn and we talked for over 2 hours. We covered her path to herbalism, her thoughts on kava, current wellness trends and dangers with that, her style (which I love), anxiety and herbs that help it, body image, heartbreak (and the ideal herbs that can help), and at the end we talk about a productivity tip that’s been extremely useful to me in the past few weeks since the episode. Hope you enjoy!”

Episode notes and more from Katie Dalebout, here.