Conquering the Winter Blues

By Andrew Greeley

183710776Counting down the days to warmer months can feel like a rat-race. An estimated one in every 30 Americans suffers from some varying degree of Seasonal Affective Disorder, affecting females at a much higher rate than men. The disorder’s prevalence has been observed in families meaning it may have genetic origin and is more common in individuals with preexisting depressive disorders. As we plod across the halfway point of winter, we can start to see the light at the end of the igloo. Vitamin D, exercise, and Natur-Tyme events can help you get through!

Vitamin D supplementation in the winter is imperative, especially if your mood and energy takes the brunt. If exercise could be capsulated and only taken three to four times a week, it would fly off the shelves and improve the lives of anyone who took it. Unfortunately, we as humans, have evolved from primitive nomads into multi-tasking, technologically-dependant cyborgs, whom have over-looked the importance of physical movement. As Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Natur-Tyme is revamping this ancient philosophy into a practical lifestyle in a bi-weekly lecture series in Natur-tyme’s community room, titled “90 Days to the Best You.” This year’s program has received such a positive response that all availability has been filled, but I strongly encourage those interested in a healthier lifestyle to stay informed of all of our health-inspiring events by following the newsletter and signing up for upcoming programs and community room events.

Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Supplement Educator Andrew Greeley152149018

Fall foliage is fading and snow storms are nearing. According to the laws of nature, winter months are a time to hibernate.  Well, I say hiber-not, young lad!  Kick winter in the teeth this year by utilizing Mother Nature’s deceiving gift. Get outside and build a snowman, hit the bunny hills for some skiing, or treat your significant other to a romantic evening of ice skating.

Motivate your winter endeavors with supplemental vitamin D. Nearly every cell in the body has a receptor for vitamin D, including brain cells; and vitamin D plays a role in serotonin and dopamine production. These feel-good chemicals are sure to raise you out of your seasonal slump.

Maintenance dosing for vitamin D is around 2,000 IU per day depending on each individual, but those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may need a higher doseage. Maximize your mood and immune system this long season with vitamin D and some form of physical activity. Snow-blowing doesn’t count!

Joining a gym is a great way to avoid seasonal claustrophobia.  Not only is exercise essential for the release of those feel-good chemicals that increase mood, but gyms are usually brightly lit.  If you don’t have a light therapy lamp on hand, hit the gym and kill two birds with one stone.  Enjoy your winter!

 

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