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7 Winter Superfoods For Depression
7 Winter Superfoods For Depression
Sunshine is in short supply in the cold winter months. Depending on where you live, your days might be very dark and gray. High Holiday anxiety makes the winter season especially stressful and depressing for many people. Fortunately, you can still eat your way to a better mood and avoid depression this season. Filling your plate with nutrition-dense super foods will help lift your mood, and will also help with weight management.
Foods that help boost mood and fight depression
Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, swiss chard, and collard greens are at their nutritional peak during the winter. Super greens such as spirulina, hemp, chlorella, blue-green algae’s and green grasses are a great whole-food source of highly absorbable nutrients. In fact, greens are so nutritious that they have been shown to increase energy levels, improve sleep, regulate stress, support healthy weight loss, improve digestion and detoxification, boost immune system, and other important body functions including healthy liver, kidney, bone, blood, colon, muscle and brain function. Greens are high in potassium, magnesium, and calcium which are all crucial for a good mood.
Eat at least 2 cups of fresh dark leafy greens every day, or a couple of tablespoons of green powder mixed in water or a smoothie. Greens work really well in almost any savory dish! Try adding them to soups, breakfast hash, salads, pasta dishes, sauces and more. Fresh spinach tastes amazing blending with bananas and other fruits in a smoothie, add in your favorite superfood powders for that extra nutritional punch! Learn more about our best selling green powders here.
Cacao (Raw Chocolate)
Cacao or Theobroma cacao is an incredible whole food, jam packed with nutrition! Raw chocolate contains many important minerals and vitamins including calcium, zinc, iron, protein, fiber, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C and E, and the list goes on!
The Theobromine found in cacao is a naturally mild, non-addictive, stimulant that can boost mood and even treat depression. It may cause the brain to produce more of a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which would account for the euphoric sensation some feel when indulging in chocolate. Learn more about raw cacao here.
A mushrooms peak season is in the winter. They are packed with the B Vitamins – niacin and riboflavin, which can boost mood and brain function. Mushrooms also contain Vitamin D, which is great since most of us are lacking vitamin D this time of year. Plus, they are delicious! Most people prefer mushrooms cooked so try adding them to soup, sautés, sauces, gravy, and more.
Raw pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium, zinc, plant-based omega-3 fats and iron. They are great for the immune system, prostate health, the heart and the liver. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties and tryptophan for a restful night’s sleep! Pumpkin seeds are one of the riches sources of tryptophan, which is needed to produce serotonin, which makes us feel relaxed and happy. The body can’t make tryptophan, so the body has to get it from food! Purchase pumpkin seeds here.
Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that can boost mood and brain function. The serving size for nuts it an ounce and a half, which is not even a handful. So just a couple of nibbles on this incredible nut everyday should help keep the mood up!
Citrus fruits are in season in the winter and they are a great source of Vitamin c and folate. They are also affordable this time of year, so stock up and get eating! The vitamin C in citrus fruits will keep you healthy and energized as well, which is a healthy aspect of feeling happy. Enjoy citrus fruits raw for optimal health benefit since the Vitamin C reduces when heating in cooking.
Eggs contain Vitamins D and B12, which are essential for a healthy mood. The yolks also contain the essential nutrient choline, which is important for the development of healthy brain cells.