Spring has finally sprung! For some, this means beautiful days full of blooming flowers and sunny skies. For others, the days may be reminiscent of winter gloom and doom. Out here in Oregon, we have been having non-stop rain and grey cloudy days. When I’m out and about, I hear tons of people talking about how the weather is dragging them down and making them feel tired, sad, and generally bummed out. SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons. If you are like most people, you experience this primarily during the winter months. When the sun comes out your mood improves and you feel back to your normal self. Unfortunately, some of us are still stuck in a springtime rain cloud. Fortunately, there are some natural ways to help boost your mood. Here are five of my favorite ways to lift your spirits and promote wellness throughout your body.
- DHEA: DHEA is a natural steroid that has been linked to improving various issues including mood disorders. Dr. Owen Wolkowitz authored a study that found DHEA possessed significant anti-depressive benefits to aid in relieving depression. Other studies have found that DHEA can help to improve mood and increase energy levels. DHEA has also been shown to support brain function while improving sex drive. Superior Labs Supplements DHEA contains 100mg of pure DHEA without any magnesium stearate, dioxides, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. Try taking one capsule twice daily or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. I recommend taking these supplements with a meal.
- Berries: Do you have a sweet tooth? Satisfy it with delicious organic berries. Berries are rich in antioxidants that help fight off damaging free radicals in our body. These antioxidants also combat cell damage and help to protect our neurons. When it comes to eating berries to boost your mood, the darker the color the better they are! Try eating organic blueberries, raspberries, açai berries, and blackberries. Put them on top of your yogurt, oatmeal, or add some to your favorite smoothie recipe.
- Leafy Greens: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the nutritional benefits of eating leafy green vegetables. Kale was so popular you could not log onto Facebook without somebody posting about it’s amazing benefits! Believe it or not, leafy greens can aid in improving your mood. Low levels of B vitamins have been associated with learning and memory dysfunction. Leafy greens like spinach and Kayle are rich in B vitamins to not only boost your brain power but to help improve your mood. They’re also contain many vitamins minerals and antioxidants to help you feel your absolute best. Try eating a salad with various greens, juice some Swiss chard, or sauté some spinach in coconut oil.
- Nuts: A recent study published in the ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research found that just 1 ounce of mixed nuts was linked to higher levels of serotonin in the bodies of the people being studied. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to boost our mood.When it comes to eating nuts, make sure you are purchasing ones that are raw and organic, not processed, or heated because a lot of the important nutrients that can help us look and feel are best have been damaged. Try eating raw walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds. Eat a handful of nuts for a healthy snack, add them to your salad, or mixed some up in a smoothie. You can also use various types of nut butter on your favorite sandwich!
- Water: Believe it or not, fatigue and irritability is a symptom of dehydration. When we start to feel depressed and tired, it’s important to reach for a glass of water. Our bodies need water in order to thrive on a daily basis. This is especially important when we drink diuretic beverages like alcohol, coffee, and tea. How much water should we drink? Take your bodyweight and divided in half. The number you get is the total amount of water you need to drink in ounces every day.
Disclaimer: Always consult with your local health care provider before engaging in a new supplement regimen. This article is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a licensed physician.