Great Cures for the Winter Blues

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As the days grow shorter and darker, getting a few hours of sunshine can become quite a daunting challenge. If winter is taking a toll on you, there are foods and activities which can help elevate your mood, provide you with an energy boost, and ensure your entire winter seems a whole lot cheerier.


Choosing the Right Carbs
Not all carbs are the enemy – in fact, they’re a crucial component for maintaining a healthy energy level, as well as assisting the brain with regulating an important chemical called serotonin. The trick is to stay away from the sweets – they cause spikes in blood sugar, which eventually causes both your energy and alertness to drop substantially.

These undesirable effects can be largely avoided by choosing to get your carbs via whole grains found in breads, cereals and brown rice. Absorbed by your body at a much lower rate than their sugary counterparts, whole grains offer a nutritious, intelligent way to give your moods a well-deserved boost.

Getting Enough Magnesium
Almonds and hazelnuts are high in magnesium – an essential mineral that plays a key role in converting sugar into energy. Brazil nuts also boast the added benefit of containing the mood-boosting mineral selenium.Neglecting your magnesium intake could cause you to feel drained, which may result in increasing your levels of day-to-day anxiety.

If you have a food allergy to certain peanuts, fear not – halibut, squash, pumpkin, and tahini are also excellent sources of magnesium. Make sure to ask a health care professional for a nutritional guide which cates specifically to your age group – it’s the best way to be confident that you’re receiving a well balanced diet, each and every day.

Lean Meats
Protein is an absolutely essential component of any healthy diet. Skinless chicken and turkey both taste great and have relatively low fat content. Make sure the meat you’re eating contains a reasonable quantity of Vitamin B12. Able to diminish some of the symptoms of depression, Vitamin B12 can also help contribute to a better night’s sleep.

Fruits, veggies, greens and fish!

Fresh vegetables and fruits offer you a healthy, easy way for you to stay energized. Like salmon, dark leafy greens also contain important Omega-3 fatty acids – an essential component in maintaining a balanced diet.

Coffee and tea
Caffeine is the most popular pick-me-up on the planet! Rather than one or two big cups in the morning, try drinking frequent mini-servings over a prolonged period of time. Be cautious about sipping caffeine too close to bedtime – it can disrupt your body’s sleeping schedule, which can interfere with your energy and mood throughout the week.

Exercise
One of the best remedies for the winter doldrums is a visit to a fitness center. Retirement communities are placing greater emphasis than ever before on the importance of physical fitness. Be sure to inquire with you resident dietician, and start designing your new exercise routine today.

This is a guest post, written by Alice Lucette, a Canadian blogger.

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