Four Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

If you like many people who are harsh winter months. Less light and cold weather, tired, sad, even depressed. You might find that difficult to get up in the morning that you have a harder time enjoying the things you normally do and that you do not feel as productive in work.

This is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and it affects millions of Americans each winter. In mild cases, it is just unpleasant. In serious cases can lead to serious health problems such as insomnia, weight loss, fatigue and even suicidal thoughts.

Seasonal affective disorder has only come to light as a legitimate medical condition in recent years. It is rooted in a nutritional deficiency and is easy to correct, if you know what happens. I have the treatment of patients for the winter blues for years. The treatments are safe, natural and effective. They are also inexpensive and easy to Avoid do.

rules Banish the winter blues the safe way

Because the winter blues have is a pretty new name-seasonal affective disorder-it is increasingly for doctors to recommend recipe as an antidepressant treatment. In most severe cases, which may be appropriate, but for most people, there is a better way to solve the problem.

SAD is triggered by a combination of two things. The first is a lack of exposure to natural light. Your body reacts to sunlight in a number of possibilities. It uses sunlight as a keyword to your natural sleep cycle. Sunlight also affects hormone production. Without regelmaige exposure to sunlight, it is easy for you is tired, sluggish and irritable.

So, the first step in the fight against SAD is to be left out in the sun more often.

One I often hear complaints from patients with SAD is That it is dark when they go to work in the morning, and then the sun is on its way down when they are finished for the day. This can be achieved with few opportunities to go out in the sun. I recommend that they take advantage of the work breaks and lunch breaks whenever possible, and that they always try to spend some time outside on weekends day ... provided it is sunny, course.

Another way to more light, the installation is full spectrum lights in your home or office. These lamps provide light similar to sunlight and can help boost your mood.

The second component of SAD is a vitamin D deficiency. During the winter months, in most regions, the sunlight is not intense enough as a catalyst for vitamin D synthesis in the body. Each cell of your body uses vitamin D. It strengthens your immune system, keep your bones strong, and it promotes healthy sleep.1 It is also an important nutrient for hormone balance and balanced hormones needed to even the healthy moods.

During Winter months if you suffer from SAD, then you need a vitamin D supplement. In one study, the researchers found that daily vitamin D3 supplementation during the winter months significantly improved both mood and sleep quality.2 Another study showed that light alone was not sufficient to ensure that the symptoms of SAD. Adding a vitamin D supplements had dramatic results, reducing the symptoms of SAD of up to 74% .3

In addition to these two crucial steps, I also recommend that a group exercise class such as yoga or dance. Not only will you move can promote the production of endorphins, it will get you in a social environment. Supportive social situations can help alleviate the symptoms depression.

Seasonal affective disorder disrupts the winter months for millions of people. If you are one of them, to understand the causes and combat it with light, vitamin D and the activities that you can enjoy the fun back into your winter season. v


Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
Institute For Healthy Aging

1 Kiefer, Dale. "The Textbook of Bioidentical Hormones," Life Extension Magazine. 12/2007

2 Lansdowne AT and Provost SC. "Vitamin D3 enhances mood in healthy subjects during winter," Psychopharmacology 1998; 135(4): 319-23

3 Gloth FM 3rd, et al. "Vitamin D vs broad spectrum phototherapy in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder," J Nutr Health Aging 1999; 3(1): 5-7

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