The long winter season tends to depress those who feel the need to spend many hours outdoors and in the sunlight. An effect that the recent lockdown year has certainly increased, leading many people to become more easily irritable and in a bad mood.
In these cases, there are many options to consider and among them there is fruit. A simple, practical, and certainly delicious way to raise the good mood. In fact, there are several winter fruits that among the many properties also boast that of being good for the psyche and mood.
The winter fruits that help the mood
As many know by now, eating right is the key to good health. Choosing the right foods, following a balanced diet (with physical activity attached), and avoiding harmful foods is in fact what you need to always feel energetic, sleep better and ward off the onset of various diseases. Food, however, can do even more, such as promoting a good mood.
Among the many foods that are useful, there is a whole category to consider and that is fruit. Among mineral salts, vitamins, and other properties, many winter fruits are in fact able to support the mood and make the darkest months of the year a little less gray. So let’s find out which seasonal fruit it is advisable to choose to do good even for the mood.
Let’s start with probably the most famous fruit in the world. Apples are among the foods for a good mood. In particular, thanks to the contribution of magnesium, potassium, and calcium, it is a food capable of warding off nervousness. Among other things, it also helps to calm nervous hunger, often present when the mood tends to drop to too low levels.
In addition to being among the orange fruits (known to offer a good mood), grapefruit boasts a whole series of beneficial properties that help the well-being of the intestine which in turn promotes the psychophysical one (never heard of the second brain?). Rich in polyphenols, it also helps the brain stay younger.
The orange. An excellent energy source, as well as a source of vitamin C and other precious substances, the orange is rich in anthocyanins, a particular category of flavonoid which acts against oxidative stress and therefore promotes brain health. Finally, they are known to help combat both physical and mental fatigue, while promoting a good mood.
The kiwi. Yes, even the kiwi seems a good ally against a bad mood. Eating it, in fact, helps to counteract the stress hormones. In addition, thanks to the presence of minerals that have a calming effect, it helps to regulate mood and face life more calmly.
Pear is also one of the winter fruits that bring a good mood. This depends not only on the presence of minerals and vitamins but also on the fibers and the emollient action they have on the intestine. In fact, by stimulating its regularity, they contribute to making it able to perform its many functions, including that of participating in the production of the so-called good mood hormones.
Five fruits that are easy to find, seasonal, and certainly able to offer an edge to anyone who feels subdued or with a decidedly unpleasant mood.
How to eat fruit
Now that we have seen which fruits help the mood, let’s try to understand how to include them in everyday nutrition. As already mentioned before, one of the “rules” to follow to live well is certainly that of eating in a balanced way. The fruit is a source of carbohydrates known for the amount of sugar it gives to the body.
It is therefore usually preferable to consume it together with a source of lean proteins and good fats. If you choose to eat it as a snack, you must pay attention to personal reactions. If after a while you feel hungrier than before, your blood sugars have probably risen. You can make up for this by adding some dried fruit, which is useful for regulating blood sugar.
To be on the safe side (and unless you have had different indications from the doctor) it is, therefore, preferable to insert fruit at breakfast (excellent with Greek yogurt and dried fruit or in a nice protein pancake) or at the end of a meal.
Like all foods, fruit can also have contraindications. Citrus fruits, for example, can be harmful in case of gastritis or ulcer while pears and kiwis are not recommended for those who are allergic to nickel. Finally, apples can cause digestive problems for those who are sensitive to FODMAP foods. For any doubts, it is always good to contact your nutritionist or doctor.