Are You Feeling S.A.D.?

Winter-Sunshine-GlowMany people’s moods are affected by the weather. A bright day full of sunshine can lift our spirits high while a cold, gray rainy day can leave us feeling gloomy. Some people are more sensitive than others to seasonal weather patterns. For them, the cold winter months bring on a type of depression called “Seasonal Affective Disorder” which can start in November and last until spring. Symptoms range from having the “winter blues” to a more severe depression that includes a loss of energy, a sense of hopelessness, social withdrawal, oversleeping, changes in appetite, and difficulty concentrating.

Possible Causes

It is thought that SAD is related to a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by a lack of light due to the shorter days of winter. Women are four times more likely to suffer seasonal changes in mood than men. Genetic imbalances, low light environments, and stress are three major keys known in the development of S.A.D. A toxic colon can also be a causal factor as 90% of serotonin is made in the gut.

  • Light Therapy which involves sitting in front of a light box every day.
  • Minimizing carbohydrate intake.
  • Improve gastrointestinal health with probiotics and fermented foods.
  • Follow a daily exercise, going outdoors when weather permits.
  • Eat high fiber foods such as green leafy vegetables, fruits.
  • Add healthy fats to your diet such as avocados, coconut oil, olives, salmon.
  • Include Omega-3 rich foods like organic eggs, nuts, and seeds.
  • Take Vitamin D3 daily to support hormone and neurotransmitter function.
  • Plan regular activities into your schedule that bring you joy.
  • Watch a comedy. Laughter is still the best medicine.
  • Get additional nutritional and homeopathic support if you are still struggling.