Don’t Let SAD Get You Down
In winter time when the days are short, many people (mostly women) suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
SAD was once thought of as a “silly mood” that you should be shaking off with a bit of positive thinking and some hard work. Now it has now been recognized as a real physiological condition with real causes and luckily, real strategies to help.
Winter Blues is the Most Common Kind of SAD. Its Symptoms Include:
• Depression and/or hopelessness,
• Cravings and weight gain
• Difficulty concentrating and processing
Everyone experiences some of these at some time so it is worth knowing how to deal with this process.
Serotonin: The Big Culprit
All of these low mood symptoms are directly associated with low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter.
Proper levels of serotonin are created in the brain when there is the proper balance of tryptophan, an amino acid, certain B vitamins, and certain enzymes. Its creation is also influenced by blood sugars, fatty acids and the correct balance of melatonin – the “sleep hormone.”
It’s all in the balance.
You can try to “fix” this condition with drugs but that can throw the body out of balance and create even worse symptoms. The best solutions involve using whole foods that have been proven for thousands of years to help nourish the body to a state of happiness and simple strategies that bring our daily routine into a more natural rhythm.
10 Foods and Fixes:
1. Eat Your Whole Grains
2. Eat Your Greens
3. Enjoy Your Bananas (and other fruits)
4. Avoid Stimulants & Junk Food (that includes chocolate …sob)
5. Eat Your Nuts and Seeds
6. Let the Sun Shine In
8. High Quality Protein
9. Enjoy Your Tea
10. Get to Bed on Time
by Iris Sakej