As the days grow shorter and colder, it is extremely common to feel the effects of seasonal depression. One of the best ways to stave off the November blues is by adding specific foods to your diet.
Below are five delicious, mood-boosting items to enjoy this fall and winter.
Believe it or not, there is scientific research supporting the mood-boosting effects of drinking a bit of chocolate every day.
Not only is this a warm and comforting treat, but cocoa contains antioxidants called polyphenols that can have a positive effect on your mood. A dose of polyphenol-rich chocolate has been shown to help people feel calmer and happier.
You’ve likely heard the buzz surrounding probiotics and gut health. But did you know that researchers believe that when your gut is flourishing, your mood will improve too?
Eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir and kimchi can provide you with a large helping of probiotics.
Incorporating more fish into your diet can benefit you in a number of ways. Fish is packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, folates and other important vitamins and minerals that support your mental and physical well-being.
Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important for brain health, and science has shown that adding fish such as salmon, albacore, tuna and anchovy to your diet can reduce your risk of depression.
Chances are good that you’re not getting enough fresh fruit in your diet. Health Canada recommends eating roughly two cups of fruit per day, and it’s best to vary the types you consume.
Not only can fruit be a great way to satisfy a craving for sweets, but berries and bananas in particular are full of vitamins and nutrients that are known to lower your risk for depression.
Low-carb may be a diet trend right now, but eating the right kinds of carbs can actually help your mood. When you eat complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, legumes and vegetables, your body can better produce mood-boosting brain chemicals like serotonin and tryptophan.
Complex carbs are also digested more slowly than simple carbs, which stabilizes your blood sugar and energy levels.
Beat the Blues With Your Food
Eating the right kinds of foods this November can help you to feel happier and more positive even if the days are dark and cold. Stop by Famous Foods to stock up on these essentials!