A decrease in temperature, reduced sunlight, and cold snow underneath our shoes are all great signs of winter. However, for some of us, anxiety, depression, and exhaustion are also synonymous with the change in season. About 14 percent of the US population experiences the winter blues, or a type of Seasonal Affective Disorder brought on by an absence of light during the winter. The winter blues can leave us feeling fatigued, exhausted, depressed, and moody, so that it’s sometimes hard to enjoy the holiday season. However, you can fight back against the symptoms with these delicious foods.
Typically absorbed through sunlight, Vitamin D becomes extremely depleted during cold, winter months. Therefore, you need to increase your intake of Vitamin D to increase your energy levels, promote good vibes, strengthen your immunity system, and ultimately avoid the costs of visiting a doctor. You can replenish your Vitamin D levels by eating dairy products, yolk, salmon, tuna, and oranges.
High saturated fat is not good for your mood or your body. Therefore, you should try to eat as many lean proteins as you can. Meats such as salmon and chicken breasts are packed with amino acids that can make your feel happier. Lean proteins also provide your body with energy which can prevent fatigue and make you feel positively refreshed.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a berry a day can keep stress away. Berries increase the release of cortisol, which is a hormone that promotes positive emotional responses. When released, the cortisol reaches your hippocampus, the area of our brain that stores memories and activates emotional responses, to help you respond positively to stressors.
Although some of us like to binge on sugar when we’re feeling down, sugar can actually cause our brain to slow down and make us feel depressed. Instead of binging on cookies and donuts, opt for dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenol, which is an antioxidant that works to improve our mood. You can even have some dark hot cocoa to brighten and warm up your cold wintery nights.
After a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, do you find yourself feeling sluggish and tired? This is because of the effects of turkey. Turkey contains the amino acid, tryptophan, and melatonin which are chemicals that make us calm and relaxed. If you eat turkey during times of stress or restlessness, the chemicals will work fast to make you less stressed and sleepy.
You don’t have to live the winter months in misery. Eating the right foods can improve your mood so that you can enjoy the snow.