5 food and diet swaps to help you beat the January blues
FOR MANY PEOPLE, JANUARY IS A DIFFICULT MONTH.
It’s easy to feel down with the cold weather, returning to work after the holidays, and feeling the pinch after all the fun of December.
Could these foods help boost your happiness and improve your mood?
Including these five foods in your diet may help to boost your mood naturally.
Even when the skies are grey, making sure you’re getting plenty of brain-friendly nutrients from delicious and healthy foods will make you feel happier.
Many Britons may have recently pledged to change their diet in order to lose weight or improve their health, but what about eating a diet that will help you feel better during this cold and dark month?
Some foods have been shown to improve your mood, giving you the boost you need to get through the bleakest month of the year.
“For many people, grey January brings grey moods,” Suzie Sawyer, clinical nutritionist for www.feelaliveuk.com, said.
“Putting the right nutritional goodness into your body, on the other hand, can completely change how you feel.”
Here are five foods to help you feel better in January.
Salmon, for example, is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help your brain function.
Salmon contains two types of omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), both of which have been linked to reduced depression.
Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is abundant in fish, which all Britons require at this time of year.
Low vitamin D levels have been linked to depression and anxiety, so eating fish or taking a vitamin D supplement could help you beat the blues.
For a brain boost, eat salmon two or three times per week.
It goes without saying that a little chocolate will put a smile on your face.
Dark chocolate, on the other hand, is the best because it has less sugar and fat than other types of chocolate.
While sugar may provide a temporary high, dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa solids contains natural mood-enhancing compounds.
Caffeine, theobromine, and N-acylethanolamine are examples.
Flavonoids in dark chocolate increase blood flow to the brain, reduce inflammation, and improve brain health.
Snacking on a large yellow banana could make your day a lot better.
Bananas are high in vitamin B6, which aids in the production of feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
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