To have a great New Year's Eve, don't forget to recharge your internal batteries in time!

Tangerine, pineapple, banana and other winter superfoods for vivacity and good mood

In the cold season, we almost don’t see the sun, we don’t move as actively as in summer, we don’t get enough vitamins, and on the eve of the holidays we work in emergency mode. It is not surprising that the energy potential of the body is significantly reduced, which is why many feel a breakdown, their mood deteriorates, apathy occurs, attention is scattered, performance deteriorates, and protection against viruses weakens . How to be? Exercise in the morning, walk more, properly distribute the workload, get rid of bad habits (if any), and also pay attention to “good mood” products, or, as it is now fashionable to say, superfoods (from English - superfood). They are rich in various useful substances and sometimes act no worse than antidepressants. Just what you need on New Year's Eve.


Well, how can you imagine the New Year without tangerines? That's it! By the way, in China, on the eve of a festive night, it is customary to present two tangerines to relatives and friends - they are associated in the Middle Kingdom with prosperity and good luck. It is also a great remedy against the winter blues, because now we are so lacking in life-affirming yellow and orange colors. It is enough just to look at a scattering of sunny citruses so that there is no trace of a bad mood. You can also arrange an aromatherapy session with mandarin essential oil - its delicate aroma relieves stress, eliminates anxiety, and restores the body's energy reserves. But that's not all! Thanks to vitamin C, sweet and sour slices have the properties of universal immunostimulants. To protect yourself from seasonal infections, it is enough to eat 1-2 tangerines a day (if there is no allergy).

A pineapple

Do you feel discomfort in your stomach after a festive corporate party? Eat a slice of fresh pineapple or drink a glass of its juice (preferably half diluted with boiled water). This overseas fruit contains substances that stimulate the stomach and intestines . In addition, pineapple contains a whole complex of "live" vitamins: A, C, B1, B2, B9, B12, PP, as well as potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, iron, iodine, - in a word, everything you need for strong immunity, a healthy heart and a cheerful spirit. Not without reason, a century ago, with colds, bronchitis, blues, and even hypertension, doctors recommended wealthy patients to adhere to a pineapple diet from time to time.


Pulse goes off scale after you spent several hours in stores or at a laptop looking for New Year's gifts for loved ones or buying food for the holiday table? Eat a banana! It will provide you with the necessary energy, restore the balance of potassium in the body, and calm the rapid heartbeat. Bananas also contain 5-hydroxytryptamine, one of the precursors of serotonin. It has a positive effect on brain activity, charges us with optimism and has a tonic effect. The only negative of bananas: they are high in calories - one fruit contains up to 140 kcal, so without fanaticism.


Noticed: lovers of real dark chocolate (it should contain at least 70% cocoa) are less likely to complain of a bad mood. Researchers believe the reason is that chocolate contains a number of psychoactive substances, including phenylethylamine, a “happiness substance” that helps regulate our emotions. In addition, cocoa beans, from which chocolate is made, are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that help prevent depression. By the way, "chocolate pills" reduce systolic (upper) pressure by 3 mm Hg. Art. A little, but, you see, it is pleasant for those who have a tendency to hypertension. In addition, dark chocolate reduces the risk of stroke by 8% and coronary heart disease by 5%. And this delicacy increases the tone of blood vessels and prevents the formation of blood clots. Only without fanaticism! To get a therapeutic effect, 1-2 slices per day is enough.

Green tea

No wonder this drink was gaining great popularity among the “generation of hipsters”. There is no less caffeine in it than in coffee, but it acts much softer and provides a longer energy boost. Green tea improves memory (especially short-term memory), increases mental performance and generally helps the gray cells of the brain to think better. Finally, it was found that just 1 cup of this drink a day reduces the risk of age-related cognitive problems, such as Alzheimer's disease. The usual taste of green tea can be diversified: brew it with ginger, orange peel or a pinch of cumin. 


Another observation: people who regularly drink kefir, eat curdled milk or yogurt also feel happier, since natural fermented milk products have psychobiotic properties. These are certain strains of “good” bacteria that not only improve the gut microbiome, but also have a beneficial effect on mood: they relieve nervous tension, reduce anxiety , reduce cortisol (stress hormone) and at the same time increase serotonin (happiness hormone). Scientists suggest that psychobiotics are involved in the synthesis of substances that are necessary in the biochemistry of the brain for a sense of well-being and happiness. Natural fermented milk products are the most useful - without sugar and flavor enhancers. If desired, you can add berries, pieces of fruit or honey yourself. If you prefer kefir, then it is better to drink it in a glass in the morning on an empty stomach - and the day will definitely work out!