It is actually snowing outside today which, while I love the snow, it did remind me that we have had a pretty wet and long winter. I also have spoken to a few of you and there seems to be a general lethargy in the air! This syndrome could be why, it affects millions of us, it usually starts in late winter and can carry on through till early summer. So about now, if you live, in the Northern Hemisphere is prime SAD time. The great thing is that we now understand the problem better and there are things you can do to help!
It is basically to do with the amount of light that we get during the winter months or lack of it, which means our pineal gland produces more melatonin, this hormone helps you to sleep whereas its counter, serotonin is a good mood hormone and you secrete more of this when there is more daylight, which is why SAD is around in the winter. Some people really suffer and can get very depressed.
So we want to boost the mood and help serotonin production with foods like turkey, avocado, fish, beans and bananas.
Omega 3 is really important for good cognitive function… you can supplement or get it from oily fish, flax or chia seed.
B vitamins are really important for energy levels and mood, B6 and B3 are needed for the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin.
Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin is really important and I take from when the clocks go back in Autumn, will they go forward into Spring. I recommend 2000iu-6000iu per day and I am a fan of drops. This time is when all your summer D will have been used up, and you will be really low on your levels, a simple D supplement could make a massive difference!
Getting out and about can help with the D levels a little, but also with endorphin release, exercise is good for mood, it is energising if you can do a bit of exercise…
So there are some tips for the top, There is a light at the end of the winter tunnel. I hope it helps you thought the next few months into Spring!