Healthy Foods to Fight the January Blues!
Welcome to January; a cold month that’s considered to be one of the gloomiest months out there after all the fun and sparkle of Christmas has passed. There’s many people who suffer from those ‘January Blues’ which can result in a low mood, but here at Hen Heaven, we believe that January is just the start to an amazing year and that there’s plenty of potential ahead.
For starters, you might be getting married, or you might have been chosen to plan the hen party, however if you still find yourself suffering from the January Blues or low mood, then the first step is to consider your diet. There’s plenty of fantastic mood boosting foods out there to incorporate into your diet which have been scientifically proven to send those happy vibes your way!
Avocados just happen to one of the happiest fats out there, as they contain Choline, which boosts serotonin levels (a type of feel good neurotransmitter in the brain). They’re also filled with vitamin E which is amazing for your skin! Avocado is the perfect accompaniment to many other foods such as salmon, or simply enjoy it on its own as a snack and enjoy a nice boost of endorphins!
Oily fish is a great food that’s filled with Omega-3 fats and protein. There’s two main fats in oily fish; eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are known to assist in nerve function and mood regulation. Proteins contain amino acids which make up the chemicals in your brain which help to control thoughts and feelings and also regulates your blood sugar levels.
Just like avocados, brazil nuts are high in fat, so you don’t need too many. They’re high in selenium which is a type of feel good endorphin, so these little wonders of joy are bound to bring you the boost that you need! Perfect to nibble upon or how about creating your own nut butter to spread on toast?
Keep Hydrated with Water
Did you know that by the time you’re thirsty that your body is already dehydrated? Drinking water at regular intervals helps us to concentrate and to think clearer – it’s recommended that you drink around two pints of water a day to keep your mind and body feeling tip-top!
There was a reason why your parents always told you to eat your greens as a kid, because they’re filled with vitamins! Greens such as kale, spinach, greens and cabbage contain vitamin B6 which is useful in fighting stress and anxiety – more particularly the stress hormone cortisol. If you don’t like or the enjoy the taste of greens with dinner, then how about blending them into a delicious smoothie with other fruits for a fantastic endorphin kick?
You’re probably surprised to see that chocolate made it onto the list of healthy mood boosting foods, but the secret is to eating the purest and darkest form of chocolate that you can find as this contains a product called cacao which is full of theobromine, a healthy stimulant. It’s also a powerful source of anti-oxidants and have been thought to lower blood pressure.