A Daily Dose of D
Drops in vitamin D levels are common during the winter months with shorter days and less exposure to sun which can cause depression and food cravings.
Implication: Supplement the sun. Try to take a 15 minute break at lunch to spend time outdoors. Too cold? Consider vitamin D supplements to ensure you are getting the recommended amount of 600IU according to The Institute of Medicine.
Eat for Immunity
A study published in Nature Chemical Biology found that the flu virus is more infectious in cold winter temperatures than during the warmer months.
Implication: Go for good bacteria. According to a recent study, probiotics help not only to regulate digestive health but to stimulate a strong immune system. Incorporate probiotic rich-foods into your diet by eating Soy Yogurt for breakfast or sipping on Kombucha at lunch.
Snack for Serotonin
During the winter months the “feel-good” brain chemical, serotonin starts to decline causing your cravings for carbohydrate-loaded comfort foods to skyrocket.
Implication: Turn to complex carbs. Instead of loading up on empty carb calories, choose snacks made of nutritious high-quality carbs – low on the glycemic index, full of fiber and proven to increase levels of serotonin. Try KIND Healthy Grains made with a blend of 100% whole grains including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa and gluten free oats.
8, The Magic Number
When the temperature drops, the air becomes drier meaning our bodies aren’t getting as much moisture as in warmer months.
Implication: Drink up. Whether it’s in the form of tea or plain old water, be sure to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated whether on the slopes or curling up by the fire.