Feeling Down Lately?
You are not alone. I wanted to send a post on this because I am personally affected by SAD. I do not like to take pills to answer my problem, I believe using food and activities to increase endorphin release are the answers. I thought that this may help others.
It can be tough to maintain your normally sunny disposition during the winter months. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that's caused by lack of exposure to sunlight and drop in serotonin, affects up to 20% of the population and is four times more common in women.
If you've noticed a dip in your mood and energy levels, don't head to the vending machine for an instant sugar dose. Instead, reach for nutrient-packed snacks that studies suggest could boost your mood, naturally. From folate-rich walnuts to omega-3 snacks like avocado toast, add these foods to your diet to stay healthy and happy throughout the day.
According to Health, walnuts are "a top dietary source of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps you feel content. Studies have found that young, healthy men who consumed half a cup of walnuts a day saw a significant improvement in their mood.
A Harvard study found that coffee could reduce the risk of depression. Researchers analyzed 200,000 men and women and discovered that 2 to 4 cups has shown to be effective.
Omega-3 foods like salmon, avocado, and tuna have been found to protect against mood disorders. So could loading your plate with these foods reduce the risk of depression? Many experts think that among people who don't have a genetic predisposition for mood disorders, they might.
-Cynthia Williams, Founder at 502FitPass.com and proponent of healthy living no matter what.