Supplements that Support Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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Do you feel down each time the warm weather disappears? Or vice versa?

Well you may be suffering from seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD can occur at any time of the year but most people will experience it during the fall/winter if they live in a cloudy area.

When SAD occurs, we can look at it as the seasonal change chemically affecting our nervous and immune systems. So, in order to support seasonal affective disorder we must first become aware that we are experiencing it. 

If you're experiencing things like sickness, weakness, and moodiness you could try taking a slow approach into making daily changes like:

  • Basking in the sun through a window if it's too cold (whenever it does come out)
  • Journal your thoughts and feelings as a way to release emotions and pay attention to patterns
  • Start incorporating fortified foods into your diet

Here's a list of supplements that may support SAD:

Ashwagandha

Vitamin D3

Omega 3's

Vitamin C

Magnesium

Amino acids

Elderberry

SAD Collection

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How Do I know if I’m Lacking Vitamin D?

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Do you keep hearing the words “Vitamin D” said often lately?

Well, we do because we’re the ones saying it! Around this time of the year we need to check in with our environmental changes that are causing Vitamin D levels to drop significantly.

It is time for us to ramp up on our Vitamin D rich foods, supplements, and if need be, light therapy.

One of the first things to look for around the fall/winter time is the difference of sunlight and how long the sun actually stays out wherever you live. This is important because the sun is our main source of Vitamin D throughout the day.

For example in Cleveland, Ohio they receive less than half the amount of sunny days in comparison to July 2020 to November 2020.

20 total sunny days in July and 8 total sunny days in December 2020.

So, in addition to the temperature dropping, our immune systems are also at risk for infection at a higher rate during this time.

Here’s what else you can look for to determine if you’re at risk for Vitamin D deficiency:

  1. Depression
  2. Bone pain
  3. Fatigue 
  4. Muscle Weakness
  5. Moodiness
  6. Isolation
  7. Illnesses arise

What you can do to boost your Vitamin D levels:

  1. Take our Vitamin D3 supplement, Kick Start regularly
  2. Eat eggs with the yolk
  3. Eat fatty fish like salmon, trout, and mackerel 
  4. Eat a handful of cremini mushrooms
  5. UVB light therapy (Speak to your doctor first before using a light box)

Overall, each persons Vitamin D levels are different and don't tend to stay the same all year around especially if you experience the lack of sunlight due to weather changes or lifestyle.

Remember, Vitamin D is an essential component of the human body in order for it to function properly in all stages of life.

 

*The statements above are written as advice in which could be indications that your vitamin d levels are low, see a health professional for an exact diagnosis

 

Sources:

https://www.currentresults.com/Weather/Ohio/average-sunshine-december.php

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/10306#what-is-sad

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

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What's Seasonal Affective Disorder and Who does it affect?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that commonly occurs at the beginning of Fall and lasts throughout the winter. People usually feel moody with less energy due to the time of year that most affects them. It is possible to be affected with SAD during the spring and summer but it is likely uncommon. Try not to ignore the signs if this becomes a regular feeling. We should all be able to look forward to new seasons with happiness and ease.

Here are some key factors that play a part into why you may be suffering from SAD:

The lack of sunlight in the fall/winter causes serotonin levels to drop, which controls your mood and therefore depression sets in. Melatonin imbalances happen when the body isn't able to adjust to the new seasonal time changes and either the lack of sunlight or the prolonged amount of sunlight can lead to poor sleeping patterns. You don't have to go through these months on your own. Take control if you think this is happening to you so that you can have your SAD tool kit ready to go at the start of a new season.

 

Inspir Products that Support SAD:

Most Common Symptoms of SAD in the winter time:

  • Oversleeping
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness
  • Low Energy
  • Cravings of foods especially high in carbohydrates
  • Isolation

Most Common Symptoms of SAD in the spring/summer:

  • Weight loss 
  • Poor Appetite
  • Agitation or Anxiety
  • Insomnia (Poor Sleeping)

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