Have the dreary mornings and nippy weather left you feeling like you need a one-way ticket back to summer? Fear not. If you’re feeling a like you’re starting to develop a case of the winter blues, step away from those comfort foods and try the following:
According to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the docosahexaenoic (DHA) acid found in fish oil could help to prevent suicide in men by topping up DHA in those who naturally have below average levels.
While coffee has long since been considered a guilty party in the cause of depression (if consumed in excess), a study by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that drinking between two and three cups each day could help to reduce the risk of male and female suicide by 50 per cent.
According to the study, caffeine stimulates serotonin neurotransmitters in the brain – working like a mild antidepressant.
Whilst consuming a tonne of dark chocolate in one sitting won’t do you much good, indulging in a small amount does have benefits. The cocoa in chocolate (particularly the darker varieties) actually promotes the production of antidepressant neurochemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. The cocoa will also help to relax the blood vessels in the brain, allowing the goodness to circulate more freely in your cerebellum.
This variety of mushroom is absolutely packed to the rafters with vitamin D, with just half an ounce providing your daily requirement of this essential nutrient.
Low levels of vitamin D within the body are linked to depression, so regularly incorporating this tasty veg into your diet might just help to lift your spirits.
If you are feeling particularly low during this transitional period, your diet could be contributing to feelings of lethargy and sluggishness. If you’d like to make some changes to your diet but aren’t sure where to start, consult a professional nutritionist for some sound advice and motivation.
If you do suspect you may be suffering from depression, please visit your GP as soon as possible to discuss your concerns.
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