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Find out how Vitamin D can play a major role in beating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and check out our top 10 tips for saying goodbye to the ‘winter blues’…
Seasonal affective disorder (also known as SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, usually during winter, and is often referred to as “The Winter Blues”. The exact cause isn't fully understood but is said to be linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the winter months. This occurs because sunlight can affect some of the brain's chemicals and hormones. Although it is not fully understood why or how, one theory is that light stimulates a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which controls mood, appetite and sleep. Lack of sunlight is thought to affect the production of the hormones melatonin and serotonin, brain chemicals involved in mood, as well as sleep regulation. Serotonin is a feel good brain chemical and low levels have been linked to mood, stress, anxiety and poor sleeping patterns because serotonin can also be converted into melatonin in the brain; and melatonin is the important brain chemical for healthy sleeping patterns.
Symptoms of SAD include: oversleeping, depression or low mood (usually due to lack of Vitamin D), anxiety, fatigue, loss of energy and changes in appetite – typically in the form of craving carbohydrate foods (yes, that’s the reason we crave ‘comfort food’).
Another interesting fact is that the lack of sunlight during the winter months is also linked to a lack of Vitamin D, specifically Vitamin D3 - the active form of Vitamin D most readily used by the body; and depression may occur as a result of Vitamin D deficiency. It has also been found that Vitamin D in doses of at least 400 - 800 IU per day may improve mood in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) patients.
So don't brush off those “winter blues” thinking that you just have to tough it out – try some Vitamin D3 leading up to and during the winter months to keep your mood and motivation stabilised during winter. And check out our top 10 tips for a ‘happier you’…
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