Temperatures are dropping low and days getting shorter. There are also Christmas decorations already up on the High streets and in the main shopping centers. All signs that the winter season is around the corner and doesn’t seem it will wait long to come this year.
Low temperature and less day-light are prime causes of grumpy mood, low energy and even worse illnesses.
So how to keep S.A.D. at bay this year?
First of all…what is S.A.D. The Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes in seasonal patterns.
The NHS website lists the following as SAD symptoms:
- a persistent low mood
- a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
- feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
- sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
- craving carbs and gaining weight
For some people, these symptoms can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day activities.
What can you do to avoid S.A.D. this winter?
First of all healthy eating, exercise and fresh air are a crucial combination to keep you away from depression.
But sometimes they need to be accompanied by some nutrients that we just can’t get enough from food in the darkest season of the year.
Statistics shows how most Britons have Vitamin D deficiency.
Even if you are reluctant in taking supplements, if you live in UK you should definitely consider integrating Vitamins D3 in your diet, unless your practitioner specifically discourage you. Taking a daily dose of D3 will help your bones and teeth getting stronger and support your brain and nerve functions.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (a chemical that carries signals between nerve and cells in the brain), which has a good influence on mood, emotion and sleep.
It would be too simplistic to say that depression is caused by low serotonin levels, but a rise in serotonin levels can improve symptoms.
You can take a daily tablet of 5-HTP to prevent SAD symptoms.
5-HTP is a naturally occurring amino acid extracted from the African plant Griffonia Simplicifolia seed that works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin.
Don’t exceed the daily-recommended dose (50mg).
Vitamins B – B12
Vitamin B is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent people to feel tired and weak.
When looking at supplements never choose convenience over quality, you will end up wasting your money with no much results. Good supplement brands can be ordered online. I personally recommend the following: Nutri Advance and Biocare .
The aim of this article is not to prescribe supplements but to give you advice that I found helpful. This is just an invite for you to look into it yourself to make sure you get through the cold season happy and healthy. If you have any hesitation please, consult your GP.