Wednesday, August 01 2012
Happy in Summertime?
Both your mind and body are affected by the weather but more importantly they are both affected by what you eat. Most of us feel better in the sun, however may still suffer with low moods or depression if we put the wrong 'fuel in our engines'. You need to eat a well-balanced diet high in nutrients including lean proteins, fruits, vegetable and whole grains. When your body feels healthier, your mind will follow along.
If you regularly feel low or sad, even in summer, stay away from sugars of all sorts – including alcohol and even natural types such as honey. These sugars can get into your bloodstream quicker than complex carbohydrates like whole grains. The quick shock of sugar into the bloodstream can cause a burst of energy, but may be quickly followed by a low of depression as well as fatigue. To lower the 'sugar rush' easily gained by drinking alcohol, have some protein / fat (such as 6 almonds or a cube of feta cheese) prior to drinking alcohol.
Summer is when you should spend as much time outside as is possible and ideally get exposed to more sun and boost your vitamin D. You must make sure you are getting enough as a lack of vitamin D has been linked to depression. Do not use sunscreen every time you go outside or you will block your body’s ability to produce vitamin D - you can go a little pink!
Exercise releases endorphins and can often alter your mood right away if you are feeling down. The more rigorous and energetic exercise is the more the body releases an abundance of endorphins. Even a brisk walk for 20 minutes outside will help you to feel more content as well as getting your body into shape a bit!
Put yourself first! Take more time to do what makes you happy, reduce stress and live in the present, knowing your future is positive!
If stress is an issue for you or someone you know, suggest a Health & Nutrition MOT on the NANO SRT (Stress Reduction Therapy) which will not only identify what stressors are affecting your body organs, but confirm how you should bring the equilibrium back! Change life for the better!