With Winter on the way, the next few months can leave many of us with a bad case of the winter blues. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s believed to be caused by the changing seasons. Feelings of fatigue, withdrawal and lack of concentration are common with SAD, but luckily there are some key ingredients that may help boost your mood!
When looking at ingredients on food labels, you may notice various forms of sugar. They may appear as syrups or words that end in ‘-ose’. Sugar may give you a happy boost at first, but a 2019 study indicated that sugary treats have no positive effect on mood over time. The study found that regular consumption of added sugars was related to higher feeling of anxiety in adults. However, research on how the brain works is always ongoing, but it’s a safe bet to stay away from sugar as best you can. The crash after a sugar high can make you feel worse than before!
Several studies have linked higher rates of depression in people with lower levels of folic acid. Folic acid is used by the body to create serotonin, a feel-good chemical that helps you feel calm and relaxed. You can find folic acid in foods like beans, whole grains and dark leafy greens like kale and spinach. Lucky for you we have Force Field, a lean and green juice packed with spinach, kale and iceberg lettuce. Check it out here!
Also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because your body can make it by absorbing natural sunshine! Your mood can improve with as little as 10 minutes in the sun. This is why light therapy is used as a treatment for SAD. This can involve sitting by a special light for around 30 mins to an hour each morning. This may encourage the brain to reduce melatonin, which makes you sleepy and improves serotonin, which affects your mood! You can also get your vitamin D fix through foods such as milk, mushrooms and fish. Our King Kale shot is brimming with spinach, kale and watercress. Ginger gives an eye-opening boost and the Vitamin B6 is there to rescue and revive, check it out here.
If you still can’t seem to kick the winter blues, you may find it helpful to reach out to someone, whether that be a family member, a friend or your GP. Making positive changes can seem difficult, especially through uncertain times, but take the opportunity this World Mental Health Day to find out more about how you can start to make positive changes in your life. If you’re living with a mental health problem or know someone who is, having access to the right information is key. Mind is a UK charity that provide advice to empower anyone experiencing a mental health battle. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
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