Lately New York City has been dreary and rainy – the type of weather that can affect our moods in a negative way. What always helps me to see a silver lining in the clouds like the photo are two things – exercise and fish oil supplements.
Many of you already know that exercise helps to increase endorphins in your body, which in turn, helps to lift your mood. Did you also know that running or any type of robust cardio work-out also activates your endocannabinoid receptors on nerve and other cells that contribute to the euphoria and well-being you feel afterwards? It is a theory discovered recently to supplement the endorphin theory and you can read more of the details here.
But sometimes the dreary, wet weather makes me want to stay in and watch movies and not have to venture out in the rain. Does that happen to you too? If that’s the case, you can still keep upbeat while you’re tooling around indoors, by taking fish oil supplements.
Fish oil supplements are essentially oil derived from the tissue of certain fish and they certainly help to keep you positive. I like to buy the fish oil taken from fish lower in the food chain because they have less toxins. So my fish oil supplement is usually from sardines, mackerel, and anchovies. Salmon is also okay. You will always see “EPA/DHA” on your fish oil supplement bottle. To keep it simple, these are the two main reasons why you would want to take fish oil. EPA/DHA are types of omega 3 fatty acids. Fish oil omega 3s are GREAT because they are thought to help you with the following:
- a healthy brain (prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons diseases)
- lift your mood
- build your immune system (reduce Lupus)
- reduce inflammation
- reduce anxiety
- prevent cancers (breast, prostate, and colon)
I usually take about 3 grams a day, which is equivalent to 3 fish oil pills. It is best to take fish oil with food so you don’t suffer from any potential gastrointestinal side effects, if any. Funny, some fish oil bottles are labeled “burpless”. Apparently some of those supplements can cause you to burp?! Hasn’t happened to me yet but in case you do have that side effect, they sell “burpless” fish oil gels. LOL. I also buy one that is orange flavored. Some supplements can smell a little fishy. For those of you out there who are vegan, to achieve the same benefits, try unrefined flaxseed oil or raw flaxseeds if you are allergic to fish. Which leads me to the topic of my next post: flaxseeds!!
So if you are not a vegan and not allergic to fish, try adding fish oil to your daily supplements. It is something I started taking only a month ago and have ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY noticed an amazing difference in my mood! You might think it’s a placebo effect but with all the other health benefits of fish oil, it’s a win-win situation!