Everyone knows eating right is one of the best ways to ensure we fit back into our summer clothes after this never-ending snowstorm we're calling winter.
And speaking of the weather, I'd be willing to bet it's been making you feel a bit down. When you're locked in the house and feeling too cold to move, it can be hard to socialize or exercise as much as you'd like.
Well, here's another reason to avoid snacking yourself into a state of hibernation this season: Eating certain foods can not only make you physically healthier, but it can also have a huge effect on your mental health.
Researchers in Australia studied the effect of increasing the levels of omega-3, a fatty acid in fish, in the meals of 82 participants suffering from depression.
The results were clear: Foods that have omega-3 fatty acids, such as seafood, flaxseed and spinach, are a significantly helpful in improving levels of happiness and preventing depression.
Scientists say a lack of proper oxygen and blood flow to the brain can cause damage. But diets high in omega-3 fatty acids and other yummy nutrients like vitamin B, vitamin D, healthy fats and antioxidants promote brain function and prevent mental illness.
So you may consider splurging for the sushi next time you go out for lunch.