Beat the February blues
Even though it’s the shortest month, February can seem so long: Christmas is over, spring is still weeks away, and it’s cold and grey outside. Taking care of what you eat and drink can really help you manage your mood, so here are three nutritional tips to help you beat the February blues.
- Boost your vitamin D levels, as Vitamin D deficiency has been directly linked to low mood and even depression. By February, almost everyone in the UK has some degree of vitamin D deficiency. Exposure to sun is the easiest way to increase your vitamin D levels, but if you can’t get away right now, then this could be a good time to start taking a high quality vitamin D3 supplement, as dietary sources of vitamin D are pretty limited.
- Make sure you’re eating enough protein: good quality (preferably organic) chicken and turkey, fish, eggs and beans can all help to boost serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the “good mood” neurotransmitter and low levels have been linked to depression, anxiety and insomnia.
- Increase your omega 3 levels. Omega 3’s are “good” fats that are essential for so many of the body’s key functions, including hormonal balance and brain function, both of which can directly impact your mood. The best source of omega 3 is oily fish, such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel, so try and eat some three times each week to ensure optimal levels.