Autumn Top Tip #3 - Seasonal Affective Disorder

How diet can affect your mood in the darker months...

There has been much research on the link between low amount of dietary omega-3 fatty acids and mood disorders, particularly in relation to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

 

Our bodies cannot make these essential omega-3 fatty acids and in order to maintain a healthy nervous system it is necessary for us to consume them in our diets. 

 

Foods: Oily fatty fish are the best sources as they contain EPA and DHA omega-3s which are more easily absorbed by our bodies.

 

Best sources: Mackerel, Herring, Salmon, Sardines, Anchovies

 

Vegetarian options include flaxseed, hemp chia and walnut oils and seeds, however these contain ALA, a different kind of omega-3 which has to be metabolized into EPA and DHA by the liver. The rate at which this happens can vary a lot depending on the individual metabolism and other dietary fats consumed

 

It is also possible to take a supplement to ensure you are including a good amount of these fatty acids in your diet, it would be advised to do this through recommendation of a qualified Nutritional Therapist.


 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS... Be Body Wise - Weight Management

The Be Body Wise programme is a multidisciplinary approach to weight management, developed by the practitioners at the Be Well London clinic.

 

At Be Well London we don’t believe in fad diets. We believe in healthy eating, based on scientific research combined with our clinical experience, to achieve long term, sustainable eating habits that contribute to successful weight management.