The shorter days, lack of sunlight and elevated Christmas stress levels can contribute to us feeling a little SAD.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects many of us, whether we know it or not. Common symptoms are lower mood, increased irritability and feeling more tired.
SAD is believed to be bought on by the lack of sunlight we’re exposed to in the winter months. The essential Vitamin D our bodies need to stimulate serotonin production is reduced, then the consequent lower levels of the hormone serotonin leads to a dip in our moods.
So how can we combat SAD and boost our moods this winter? SAD can be serious and if you find yourself feeling very low it’s best to see a professional. However, upping your intake of vitamin D and other nutrients through your diet can help.
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It’s commonly known that fish is a great source for Omega-3, and provides our bodies with essential amino acids we needs to help elevate our mood and increase our energy levels.
Salmon and (fresh) tuna are brilliant examples of bony fish for both Omega-3 and lean protein.