B-EAT THE BLUES
B-EAT THE BLUES

With 12+ sunlight hours per day and plenty of sunshine in Singapore, most of us are unlikely to experience SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a type of depression affecting some people in countries with reduced sunlight hours during the autumn/winter months.

However, there may still be days when you wake up, look at the blazing sunshine outside and feel a bit down in the dumps and ‘blue’. Take heart – whilst there are many things that can influence the balance of your brain chemicals, below are three quick fixes that can help with the mild blues:

woman-grocery-shopping1. B-Vitamins Increasing your B-vitamin intake from food or supplements with good quality, active B’s is likely to have a beneficial effect on the production of the brain chemicals serotonin, dopamine and GABA. These three affect feelings of happiness, motivation and tranquillity respectively.

Tip: Remember your mother nagging you to eat your greens? Well, it turns out, as always, she knows best. Eat foods rich in B-vitamins e.g. dark leafy greens for folate (B9), spinach for B6 etc. If possible, avoid foods fortified with B-vitamins and folate such as flours, bread and cereals.

2.Binaural Beats: Listening to music can influence brain chemical balance by influencing our brainwaves (electrical circuitry), as different frequencies can trigger or speed up the production of different brain chemicals e.g. 10 Hz (alpha) waves boost serotonin and stimulate beta-endorphin release.

Tip: Try listening to binaural beats, which can induce alpha frequencies to uplift your mood or join us to find out more about the healing power of sound.

Pregnant Woman Yoga3.Being present in the moment, often referred to as Mindfulness has given rise to research exploring the efficacy of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in depression.

Tip: Try exercise such as Yoga or Tai Chi, which incorporates elements of mindfulness-meditation or learn how to start applying mindfulness techniques to your daily life.

Of course, if the blues persist and progress to depression, you may want to consult a natural health practitioner to explore and test for influencing factors such as genetic variations, toxicity, food intolerance, nutrient deficiencies etc in addition to considering conventional options.

 

By Lisa McConnell, Functional Nutritional Therapist, GAPS Practitioner, Balanced Living

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