Winter blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D. Is seasonal depression, see previous blog post) are common problems in the winter, here in the North East. While diet can’t cure winter blues or S.A.D., your nutrition does have a significant impact on your overall health, and in particular the health of your brain and immune system health. S.A.D. may be linked to low vitamin D and serotonin, so eating vitamin D rich foods and serotonin enhancing foods, may be beneficial.
At any time of year, your diet may have a major effect on your health. Ever had brain fog after eating bread, too much candy or just a large, rich meal? I know I have! To improve your overall nutrition I recommend following five simple steps:
- Most of the food on your plate should be fresh food: Raw or cooked. Fresh foods include: Fruit, vegetables, plant based proteins like lentils or chickpeas, grains, seeds or nuts. Different foods contain different nutrients, so aim for variety.
- Limit processed food, such as any food with a long list of ingredients that sound like they were made in a lab.
- Limit alcohol, coffee and refined sugar.
- Avoid any food that makes you feel unwell or tired. Listen to your body: It’s trying to tell you what not to eat.
- Keep well hydrated.
Here are 10 foods that can help you ward off the winter blues:
So what are you waiting for, take responsibility for your health and grab some brain healthy food today, not only will you potentially stabilize your mood, but you may look and feel fabulous this winter!
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