These three mood-lifting foods will help you keep winter depression at bay
Being SAD or seasonal affective disorder is an actual condition.
Winters mean pakode and chai, isn't it? I mean for some, it could also be tandoori chicken and buttery naan. We all have our favourite winter food mostly because it keeps us warm and happy.But there are actually foods that have been scientifically proven to lift your mood out of winter blues.In fact, SAD may also be an acronym for seasonal affective disorder, which is again, winter blues. Our mood gets affected by the cold all around, and especially, the lack of sunlight.Don't believe me?
"People suffering from SAD, or other types of depression, often have a craving for carbohydrate-rich foods because these foods stimulate production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects mood," says Gennady Musher, MD, a clinical instructor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.
Here are some of them:
This cheerful yellow fruit may just make you feel happy. And if we are to believe Biswa Kalyan Rath, the stand-up comedian,it is also bachelor friendly, too. "Bananas are a great source of potassium and vitamin B6, and provide the mood-regulating amino acid, tryptophan," says Musher.Stress can deplete your levels of potassium, deficiencies of which have been linked to depressive symptoms. So, bananas can help you be happy.
Also, you can try experimenting with the plain ol' banana by adding it to toast with banana slices, chopped nut, and a drizzle of honey.
Yes, of course. This one has been drilled in your head by nani, dadi and literally everyone in the family. Winter and nuts go hand in hand. And it also makes for a healthy snack instead of the packet of namkeen that you reach for while working for long hours.Nuts, especially pistachios help in lifting your mood as well.
3. Leafy greens
I know, who would want to eat green leafy vegetables when you can have samosa and pakodas? Also, adding spinach to pakodas isn't how you are supposed to them. But can you forget makki ki roti and sarson da saag?
Even though it's difficult to resist, say spicy and greasy food in winter, at least fill half of your plate with leafy greens at every meal.
"Leafy greens such as spinach, lentils, and broccoli are rich in folate, which plays a role in the functioning of the nervous system, especially in the formation of neurotransmitters," says Tracy Oliver, RDN, an associate professor of nutrition at Villanova College of Nursing. Folate also aids in the production of dopamine, which enhances activity in the positive reward center of the brain.