We are all well aware that with the onset of winter, come the blues. You start feeling unwell, and simply do not feel like getting out of bed. Your nose starts running, your body gets stiff, and a myriad of maladies start coming your way. However, there is a way to beat the blues and boost your immunity, if you make simple but effective changes to the way you eat and what you eat.
With the right diet which encompasses healthy vitamins, minerals and nutrients, you can well on your way to a sunny disposition.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are known to combat signs of depression. They are also great for metabolic function, as they are healthy fats that the body can synthesize on its own very easily. Inflammation in the body can make you sick, and these fats help in its reduction, therefore, making you less prone to get sick.
The best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids include sardines, salmon, anchovies, chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds (flax oil) and hemp seeds. Spinach too is a great source of these.
Vitamin D, much like Omega 3 Fatty Acids, help in combatting depression and boost immunity as well. In fact a number of seasonal disorders are treated with high doses of Vitamin D. However, there are hardly any food sources that offer Vitamin D, the best way to get it is through the sun.
However, during the winter, when the sun is playing hide and seek, there are some foods that you can rely on for your fill of Vitamin D, they are: fatty fish and egg yolks.
B Vitamins are responsible for neurological health, Folate – Folic Acid and Vitamin B3 manufacture neurotransmitters like that of serotonin. They also help boost immunity as they increase the production of white blood cells that are responsible for fighting infections.
Avocados, oats, Brazil nuts and eggs are all very high in B Vitamins.
You are probably already well aware of Vitamin C and its immunity boosting effects, however, what you should know that it also helps you achieve lower anxiety levels and also increases your energy levels.
While most people think that only citrus fruits offer you high doses of Vitamin C, even leafy greens are a great source for the same.
Magnesium can help reduce stress, increase immunity levels and reduce depression. Nuts, fish and leafy greens are a great source for magnesium.
Speak with a registered Holistic Nutritionist to learn how you can include these amazing vitamins, minerals and foods in your diet for great health in the winter months. You can also speak with a Homeopath so as to understand, which natural methods for great health will suit you best!