Depression and Seasonal changes

Many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder due to less sunlight in the fall and winter seasons. We just want to hibernate and pack on the calories.

We are outdoors less and exposed to less sunlight as well

Here are some tips

Consider a sunlamp of 10,000 LUX and begin with 20 minutes of exposure to your face a day. Do this daily in the morning.

Consider Omega three fish oils-about 1000 mg of DHA and EHA can help the brain chemical serotonin = which is an antidepressant found in Prozac, and many other antidepressants.

Consider indoor activity- join a gym- 20 minutes of cardiovascular workout as many days of the week as possible- will increase the feel good endorphins, and help keep your weight in check.

Choose Foods that are high in tryptophan ( which gets converted to serotonin in the brain) includes soy, spinach, egg white, halibut, salmon, shrimp, pork and crab meat

Serotonin containing foods also tend to relax you and make you feel less stressed.

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