People who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues, may find themselves struggling to fight their low mood. Shorter days, freezing temperatures, lack of sunlight and cloudy skies are all associated with this disorder during the winter months.
Before you head to your doctor and start taking prescription medication to help fight off your symptoms of depression, you may want to consider other options. Believe it or not, there are certain foods that have the ability to help fight SAD.
Most of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gut, which is why probiotics and prebiotics are essential. “Probiotics are not only great for one’s immunity, but also for the brain, in that they help the production of serotonin, the feel-good chemical,” says Roshini Raj, member of the Lose It! Advisory Board and author of What the Yuck?! The Freaky & Fabulous Truth About Your Body.
Superfruits like berries and bananas have been shown to help regulate mood. Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as flaxseeds, enhance the release of endorphins, which in turn makes you happier and helps fight depression.