What happens: the sun is, in principle, a rare guest in our area, and in winter the number of sunny days can be counted on the fingers (alas, one hand). And yet, it is thanks to ultraviolet that vitamin D is produced in our body, without which it is impossible to produce another important substance - serotonin (the hormone of happiness). Plus, one should not forget about off-season stress factors, such as permanent rush, frantic rhythm of work, neurosis and fears. We spend a lot of effort to keep up with everything, and we are so worried when something does not work out. As a result, instead of the hormone of happiness, the body begins to intensively produce stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline), which send a signal to the brain that a person is in danger and urgently needs energizing.
In addition, serotonin can be obtained from food - this requires products containing the amino acid tryptophan and glucose. Once in the body, these substances stimulate enhanced hormone production. But the brain quickly gets used to it and in case of depression it immediately requires carbohydrate food in order to quickly make up for the hormone deficiency. As a result, the person why he constantly wants to eat, and he "seizes" his bad mood.
How to fight: Most tryptophan is found in chicken, turkey, fish, lean meat, cheeses, eggs, grains and nuts.
By including them in your diet as often as possible, you will get rid of the feeling of hunger caused by a bad mood. But the consumption of foods high in carbohydrates is better to take control - no cakes, cakes and chocolates, try to get glucose from plant foods (fortunately, fruits and vegetables can now be bought all year round). Finally, try to discover other sources of pleasure - walking, playing sports, your favorite music and chatting with loved ones. Winter is a time when we more than ever need warmth, and not only physical, but also mental.