Thursday, March 26, 2015

[Yakson House] fight your spring depression

Spring's arrival puts most people in a pleasant mood, but there are some who 

experience the opposite feeling. 

For those of you who experience feeling down and depressed, the longer days and 

warmer weather in the spring can actually send their bodies and emotions into a 


In general, as the seasons change, so do our behavior, energy levels, desire to 

socialize and sometimes sleeping patterns. 

Spring based depression can be particularly troublesome because while most people 

are enjoying the increased amount of sunlight and higher temperatures, those 

suffering from it are feeling overwhelmed.

You might feel anxious and sad, trouble sleeping at night, lose interest in normal 

activities and even lose interest in normal activities and even lose appetite. 

Healthy diet and regular exercise are known to help you with depression. 

Let me tell you what kind of food are really helpful to fight depression. 

1. soy products, fish, meat

Protein contains a good source of the mood enhancing trpytophan, an essential 

amino acid which is converted into serotonin, which is a brain chemical. Protein foods 

include meat, fish, beans, lentils, eggs and cheese. 

2. Sunlight

Simply step outside on sunny days and walk around for an half and hour. 

A team of researchers noted that the only factor that affected participants' moods 

was the amount of sunlight they were exposed to on any given day. 

More sunlight meant better moods; less sunlight lead to symptoms of depression. 

The study suggests that low levels of serotonin directly correlate with seasonal 

effective disorder, which most often occurs during winter months. 

3. Walnuts, Kale, Spinach

Omega-3 fatty acids relieve inflammation and facilitate communication between nerve 

cells in the brain. Individuals who are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, or who lack 

the proper balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, are more susceptible to 

mood instability. Nuts such as walnuts, flaxseeds and pecans and leafy greens such as 

spinach, kale and collard greens are good source of Omega 3 and 6.

4. Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency and depression are found to be linked together. 

Filling up the vitamin D tank may help relieve some of the symptoms. 

Fish such as Cod, tuna, herring, salmon and Mackerel and dairy such as eggs, 

Margarine and fortified butters, are all good sources of vitamin D. 

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