Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more common than you think. Especially, being in a country like Canada, it can be hard to deal with the changes in seasons, particularly the winter for most people.
Since it tends to be darker in the winter, we increase melatonin production thereby decreasing serotonin.
Although that may be a simple explanation to the SAD, it can be quite difficult for some people who are more prone to it in the winter.
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Whether you have been diagnosed with SAD or notice that you feel a little more sluggish in the winter, here are some basic things to try to support your endocrine system:
1. Drink lots of water
2. Decrease refined and processed carbohydrates and foods
3. Avoid sugars and alcohol
4. Ensure you are getting adequate protein and fats in each of your meals
5. Eat lots of whole foods, green foods and fibrous foods
6. Get outside more in the sunlight
9. Find ways to manage stress
10. Consider supplementation
Its always best to speak with a health care professional if you believe you have SAD. If you need help with supplementation, diet and lifestyle then you can always work with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist like myself to see where there may be room for improvement!
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