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Jen McDaniel: Winter Blues Foods

(STLMoms) – The shot of snow over the weekend and cold temperatures lately may have you feeling a bit down.  How about some food pick me ups?
Jen McDaniel, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietitics has some tips on beating with ‘winter blues’ with food.

1) fruits & veggies

2) omega-3s (supplements) — Research continues to mound regarding omega-3 fat’s and their ability to combat depression and optimize mental health. This relationship makes good sense as our brain and nervous system is largely made up of fats. Omega-3’s are referred to as “essential” because they cannot be made by our body and must be obtained through the diet.

3) Vitamin D rich foods (supplements) — Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because our body can make vitamin D from sunlight. Vitamin D levels often dip during the wintertime due to the less daylight, indoor activity, and challenge in obtaining enough vitamin D through foods such as fatty fish, milk, eggs and fortified foods. Low levels of vitamin D are often associated with mood disorders such as depression and seasonal affective disorder.

Read Jen’s full blog at McDaniel Nutrition.com.


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