Your Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Product Plan
Who doesn’t love getting up at four in the morning and shoveling a driveway for four+ months out of the year? I know I do, as well as the murky slush and gray days that are associated with winter minus the holiday season. Unfortunately after the leaves have fallen, a reported ten million people in the United States find themselves SAD. SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, ‘sufferers’ are prone to depression, headaches, fatigue, increased appetite, and even decreased libido. How can those who are SAD become ‘happy’ this winter season?
There is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s possible to enjoy every season. The main priority is to avoid antidepressants, since their side effects have been known to cause anxiety, high blood pressure, and excessive sweating. Another is to stay active! Shoveling may be an unwanted hobby but activities such as swimming, pilates, and weight training can ease depression and improve well being. Below are some nutritional supplements that can assist with SAD:
Vitamin D: The sun can be a valuable nutritional supplement during the winter months; however, it is usually a lack of sunlight that is a culprit of SAD. If possible, 10-15 minutes of direct sunlight daily helps aid ailments such as depression. Biotics Research makes a vitamin D supplement, Bio-D Mulsion Forte, which is also a good source of calcium.
St. John’s Wort: St. John’s Wort is an herb that has many benefits, including combating depression. A recent study found that patients who were given 900 mg per day of St. John’s Wort, in addition to bright light (3000 lux for two hours) had significant improvement from their depressive symptoms.
Phosphatidylcholine (PC): PC is a purified extract from lecithin and is one of the components of bile (required for normal transport of bile acids). PC emulsifies and breaks down fat deposits in the body, which make it helpful in the prevention of gallstones, atherosclerosis, heart disease, and liver problems. Research has shown that PC is beneficial in depression, memory loss, and neurological disorders, and is three times more potent than Lecithin.
PC’s assistance in the liver is just one area to maintain liver health. Fall is the perfect season to perform a liver cleanse; which is a painless, yet effective, way to clean out your liver.
If you have any general health questions about this article, please email askdrbob at druglessdoctor dot com, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Bob.