Today is Blue Monday, considered to be the most depressing day of the year. This may lead us to think that feeling like this is the norm and just the come down after all the Christmas revelry.
All those rich, high sugar foods we eat over the Christmas period, not to mention the alcohol consumed, can leave us feeling sluggish and lacking in the essential nutrients which affect our mood.
Don’t take this feeling for granted, there are a number of essential nutrients that can help you beat Blue Monday slump.
Most people have already failed with their new year’s resolution.
If you’re lacking in motivation, then you may need a boost of B12. Vitamin B12 is linked to cognitive health and memory, and maintaining the body’s energy levels.
B12 is mainly found in fish and meats, so if you’re doing Veganuary then you will definitely be lacking in this vitamin.
Though even if you eat a B12 rich diet you may still be lacking in this vitamin due to its difficulty to absorb.
Another important nutrient to consider is vitamin D - a nutrient that is important for healthy bones and the immune system.
Vitamin D is incredibly difficult to obtain from diet alone, in fact, only 10% comes from our food and we are expected to get the rest from the sun, which in the UK sadly doesn’t make much of an appearance for the majority of the year.
Vitamin D is only stored in the body for a short period of time and you can’t get vitamin D from sunlight during the winter months. By January you could be seriously lacking in this vitamin, leaving you feeling tired, lacking energy and with aching muscles (all signs of vitamin D deficiency).
Public Health England now advises everyone to take a vitamin D supplement through the winter months to protect bone and muscle health.
Last but not least is the powerhouse mineral… magnesium – which is needed to balance calcium and heavy metal toxicity.
Magnesium deficiency is linked with many health implications including migraines, anxiety, depression and extreme fatigue.
Over the last hundred years our average daily magnesium intake has reduced by 50 per cent. Our modern diets actively deplete magnesium; caffeine, alcohol, processed grains and sugar, all the things we consume in excess over the festive season, all prompt the kidneys to expel magnesium.