Bananas really pack a punch when it comes to battling winter blues. Bananas are loaded with tryptophan and B6. In addition, stress will deplete your body’s potassium reserves, and the potassium found in a banana can provide a boost that can actually lower stress.
Avocados are full of mood-enhancing folate, calming tryptophan, and as an added bonus energy-boosting B6.
A healthy salad can go a long way in terms of easing seasonal depression, since dark leafy greens such as spinach, cake, chard, and broccoli are rich sources of folate and vitamin B12, which have also been found to boost serotonin levels. Oranges are also a great source of folate!
Eggs contain high levels of zinc, a mineral that is effective in moderating blood sugar levels and regulating the metabolism, which can combat seasonal feelings of fatigue by increasing energy.
Studies have shown that eating an ounce-and-a-half of dark chocolate each day, for a two-month period can cause a reduction in stress-causing hormones thanks to antioxidants called flavonoids. For best results look for dark chocolate that has at least 75% cocoa.
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