Five Foods to Fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

The season changes can wreak havoc on our moods.

In terms of seasonal weather, we are approaching the darkest night. January and February tend to be the months where we start to really feel the winter affect us.

We have endured months of cold weather, and we honestly don’t know when it is going to change. We like to be optimistic and think it will warm up in March, but will it?

The answer is almost always no.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is especially rampant during this time of the year because we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In case you don’t know, SAD is a form of depression that occurs during the changing of the seasons, especially during winter months. It can be caused by lack of sunlight, cramped quarters, poor sleep, and lack of exercise. It can be treated with Vitamin D, outdoor activities, and exercise.

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However, it can also be treated in the kitchen.

Here are five foods that help fight Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Kale. I know we all hate it, but dark leafy greens have lots of B12, which boosts serotonin. If you really hate leafy greens, try making kale chips. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Fish. Omega-3 rich fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring help boost the production of dopamine and serotonin. If you’re not a fish fan, take cod liver oil daily (at night, so you don’t personally victimize anyone with your breath).

Dark Chocolate- Eating an ounce and a half of dark chocolate each day can help reduce stress, specifically because they contain antioxidants called flavonoids that affect hormone levels.

Bananas- Bananas contain both B6 vitamins, and tryptophan. Also, potassium has been found to lower stress levels.

Avocados- As if you needed another reason to love avocados, they are chock full of b6 vitamins, tryptophan, and folate. Avocados are my favorite superfood, so if you haven’t gotten into them, just sprinkle a little sea salt and pepper on one and eat it with a spoon.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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