Are there foods that can relieve post-holiday blues?

Surprising new findings suggest that probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in the digestive tract play a key role in producing, absorbing and transporting mood-boosting brain chemicals. In one study, subjects treated with a probiotic supplement experienced a significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression.

To enjoy these mental-health perks, I recommend getting a daily dose of healthy bacteria from probiotic-rich foods like raw sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt or miso paste. You should see an uptick in your mood within two weeks. Other smart supplements to combat the winter blues: 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids and 2,000 IUs of vitamin D per day.

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