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Are you tired of being S.A.D.?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019




Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs seasonally,

typically ramping up in the fall and winter months and disappearing come spring. 


It's been estimated that as many as 20 percent of Americans are affected by SAD 

each winter.






What differentiates SAD from regular depression is that a full remission occurs in the

spring and summer months. 



  • Common SAD symptoms include oversleeping

  • intense carbohydrate cravings

  •  overeating and weight gain. 

  • Some people also have trouble concentrating and withdraw socially, preferring to "hibernate" indoors instead of carrying on with their normal day-to-day activities.






Dr. Norman Rosenthal, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University

School of Medicine, was the first to describe SAD, writing in a 1984 journal article

that the "depressions were generally characterized by hypersomnia, 

overeating and carbohydrate craving, and seemed to respond to changes in climate and latitude."





Indeed, rates of SAD vary depending on location, with people living farthest from

 the equator in northern latitudes being most susceptible. In the U.S., for instance, SAD

affects just 1 to 1.4 percent of Floridians compared to 9.7 percent of people living in

New Hampshire and 9 percent of Alaskans.








The Importance of Vitamin D





Many have become familiar with the importance of sun exposure for optimizing your

vitamin D level, and there is research showing that not only is SAD more common

in people with low vitamin D, but raising your level also improves symptoms of SAD.





Your body produces vitamin D through exposure to UVB light. Unfortunately, for

those living in northern latitudes, this may only be an option for a few short

months each year. As a general rule, you have to live below 22 degrees latitude if you

want to produce any vitamin D at all during the winter.


 






While supplementation may be required during months when you cannot

produce sufficient amounts through sun exposure, it's important to get your vitamin D 

level tested before you start taking supplemental vitamin D. This will help you fine-

tune your dosage over time.







For optimal health, including mental health, you'll want a vitamin D level between

60 and 80 ng/mL (150 to 200 nmol/L), with 40 ng/mL being the lower cutoff for

sufficiency. GrassrootsHealth has an online vitamin D calculator that can help you

estimate the oral dosage required to get you into a healthy range, based on your

starting blood level.








Considering vitamin D's impact on mental health and brain function, it would

certainly be prudent to make sure your vitamin D level is optimized if you struggle with SAD.


Vitamin D is only part of the equation, however, as sunlight influences your mood

in general, and SAD specifically, in other ways as well.

















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An Estimated 57% of Adults in the United States have Severe Vitamin D-3 deficiencies and in areas with minimal sun exposure these estimates can be as High as 90%.








The Best Form Vitamin of D-3 is Sunlight


  • Most people are unable to get enough exposure to sunlight to provide them with adequate levels of D-3 and living in a sunny climate does not guarantee against vitamin D-3 deficiencies.

  • The elderly are more prone to this deficiency since their capacity to activate vitamin D in the skin is reduced as we age.

  • The high rates of Vitamin D-3 deficiencies in the US has prompted the FDA to increase their daily recommended allowance of D-3 from 100 IUs (International Units) per day to a daily recommendation of 400-600 IUs per day, while many doctors and health professional recommend an average daily intake between 4000-10000 IUs of Vitamin D-3 per day.




Low levels of Vitamin D in the blood have been linked to an increased risk of:

Heart Disease

Stroke

Diabetes

Cancer

Osteoarthritis

Dementia

Immune System Disorders



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Sources:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/02/14/seasonal-affective-disorder-light-

therapy.aspx?

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