SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can have a devastating affect on our health and hormones. This common winter disorder is known for causing depression, sluggishness, weight gain and lethargy. There’s been a slew of studies that have shown that TSH and iodine, both of which are essential for healthy thyroid function, are adversely affected during cold, blue, wintery weather.
In this article by Rosie Stevens, she explains why our hormones hate winter (yes, this winter has gone on forever!) and the steps you can take to ease your symptoms. I love to sit in my car on cold, clear days to get some vitamin D from the sun, take vitamin D supplements (I am very low on vitamin D) and I love lavender and eucalyptus essential oils to help with my mood and to battle depression. Although I have not used light therapy, I worked in a lighting store where they offered therapy lights for SAD. We had many customers who swore the blue light helped ease their symptoms.
You can read her suggestions for easing symptoms here:
Another favorite way to boost my mood is with chocolate. Here is a tasty snack that will help balance your blood sugar with a combination of healthy fats, fiber, and protein. It doesn’t get much better than that!!!
Have a great week!