Seasonal depression is a real thing, but light therapy doesn't have to be your only option for easing symptoms. According to Annie B. Kay, lead nutritionist at the Kripalu Center of Yoga & Health, what you're eating can help beat the winter blues, too.
"There's very strong data that a whole-food, plant-based diet that's low in refined foods and rich in fruits and vegetables is inversely associated with depression," says Kay. "This information is not only backed by science, but also aligns with the nature-based wisdom of Ayurveda. For thousands of years, they've talked about how whole and high-quality food keep us in balance and help us feel well."
Here are eight mood-boosting foods to incorporate into your diet this winter:More
Adding a tropical fruit into your diet is a great way to forget about chilly winter weather. "Healthy fats like coconuts are a beautiful place to begin. They're full of anti-inflammatories," says Kay.
Another anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense food, seeds are a great way to add vitamins and protein into your meals. Check out our guide to find out which type of seed is best for you!