During winter, most people think of sunshine, and cannot wait for the spring. Winter may have detrimental effects similar to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Even though a complete reversal of the low spirits is not always possible, several home remedies may help cope with SAD symptoms.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week to benefit your heart, but an additional effect is an improved spirit. Fish is famous for mood improving properties, next to walnuts, sunflower, hemp seeds, vegetable/canola oils, and many foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Consider including these foods in your diet, especially in the winter season.
No meat on Monday
Improving our sleep and mood is tryptophan, an essential amino acid that our bodies cannot produce, and consequently we must consume. Thanksgiving turkey dinner is typically associated with a huge infusion of tryptophan, but other foods contain it, making a great choice for a meatless Monday, including cheese, eggs, soy, seeds, and nuts. Tryptophan converts into niacin and serotonin in the presence of iron and vitamin B complex, which are easily found in dairy, eggs, legumes, and green leafy vegetables.
Take vitamin B seriously
Vitamins B have several positive effects, including an elevated mood. Because they are water-soluble, vitamins B must be replenished every day, so make them part of your diet. Of particular interest for SAD is one specific B vitamin, riboflavin (B2), that goes well with processing tryptophan. Experts agree on the benefits of consuming foods rich in riboflavin such as dairy, eggs, lean meats, green leafy vegetables, legumes, and nuts.