Hi, this is Kiran Krishnan, research microbiologist and spore developer, here to talk to you a little bit about the winter blues, something I'm going through myself because I live in Chicago (which I don't know why I do). I ask myself this question every time October comes around. I happened to be in Cleveland this week, too, which was even colder than Chicago. So, it was really terrible. I was feeling quite blue.
But, I quickly realized that there's a way to overcome some of this issue.
As you start reducing daylight, it has a psychological effect. But, we do have our happy hormone, which is serotonin. We do have dopamine, which also helps with mood and up-regulates some of the reward centers of your brain. Both of those are predominantly produced in your gut.
So, if you're going through the winter and you're going through lack of daylight, you're experiencing winter blues, it would be a significant benefit to up-regulate your serotonin product, up-regulate your dopamine production.
There's a couple of things you can do to increase those. Number one, an increase in the diversity of your diet. So, as you get into the winter season, we start eating a lot of sugary things. We start focusing on really kind of unhealthy foods. If we can start adding in more root vegetables, nuts and seeds and increasing the diversity, that'll help a lot to up-regulate your serotonin and dopamine production. The other secret is in the spores of Just Thrive Probiotic.
Spores are the primary stimulators of serotonin production in the gut. We know that 90% to 95% of serotonin (your happy hormone) is produced in your gut. So, as we're going through the winter blues, we want to up-regulate that serotonin production. The spores can certainly help with that, as well as expanding or maintaining diversity within your diet.
Dopamine is another thing. You want to do healthy things for yourself, whether it's 10 minutes of yoga in the morning, 5 minutes of meditation...really anything that makes you feel good. And that will up-regulate dopamine production, especially if you're adding in the spores with it and you're expanding the diversity of your diet.
So, some sort of good, all-around healthy behaviors. It only has to be a few minutes. Maintaining an expansion in the diversity of your diet and taking your spores (in Just Thrive Probiotic) will up-regulate your serotonin and dopamine, together helping you get through the winter blues. I know it's helping me.