Does winter give you the blues? Maybe not literally, but do you seem to feel a little more sad during the winter months? If so, you’re not alone. Every winter, millions of Americans are affected by what is called Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that is triggered by the changing seasons. Symptoms of SAD are similar to other forms of depression, with symptom severity heightened when it’s the gloomiest outside.
If this is the case for you, there are treatments within reach. Experts agree that regular exercise, limiting sugar intake and getting a daily dose of sunshine help relieve SAD symptoms. What many don’t know is that you can also fight off SAD with a fork.
The same experts agree that Vitamins C, D and B (especially B12 and folate), along with magnesium and omega 3’s, will help battle SAD. And in addition to your daily multivitamin, you can make sure you’re getting enough of these vitamins through whole foods. Here is a list of some of the best foods you can eat to show SAD who’s boss.
Salmon – Salmon is a warrior in the fight against SAD. Rich in lean protein, salmon is also full of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 has proven helpful against depression. Tyrosine and dopamine are amino acids, which are abundant in salmon and beneficial for mood stability. Salmon is also a good source of B12, which has been linked to the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, which has a huge impact on how we feel. Here’s one of our favorite salmon recipes: Miso-glazed Salmon with Green Tea rice.
Leafy greens - Leafy greens, like spinach, kale, collard greens, and chard are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, folate, iron, and calcium. They are also an excellent source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll cleans the blood and also energizes. Livonia Glatt market recommends Boskovich brand greens. Here are a few of our favorite leafy greens recipes.
Nuts and seeds – Walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, hemp, pumpkin, flax and chia seeds are rich in magnesium. Magnesium is a champ at reducing depression and stress, and boosting immunity. Dark chocolate is also magnesium-rich. They are also full of omega-3 fatty acids, B-vitamins, protein and minerals. Have a look at this recipe for Super Seedy Granola Bars.Berries and Citrus – Berries are abundant in antioxidants, B-vitamins and minerals. Berries may also help prevent the release of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland during stressful situations. Let’s just call berries, “stress busters”. Citrus is full of vitamin C, which gives the immune system a boost and also lowers cortisol levels. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron, a powerful fatigue fighter. Livonia Glatt is proud to offer Driscoll’s Berries. Here’s an easy recipe: Omega Overture Mixed Berry Smoothie.