Do you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)? Last week, I started a series on five tips to beat S.A.D. In that post, I talked about getting outside its benefits. If you haven’t read it yet be sure to check it out. Tips for Beating S.A.D. – Part One
In Part Two, I am sharing my second tip for beating S.A.D.
So here is my second point:
Get Your Nutrients
As with our physical health, eating nutrient rich food can be a great benefit to our mental health. Studies have proven that a deficiency of certain vitamins can give symptoms of depression. First let me clarify that I am not a health professional. You should always talk to your doctor before taking an new vitamins. I am sharing information that I have found, actually tried, and found helpful. Here are the vitamins that I take on a daily basis:
Vitamin D is very different from other vitamins in the sense that it naturally doesn’t come from outside sources. This is the only vitamin that is actually produced by our body (similar to a hormone). However, our body typically produces this vitamin when it comes in contact with UVB rays from the sun. This can be very difficult to achieve during the winter. Symptoms of deficiency of vitamin D include tiredness and depression. This article from Psychology Today provides interesting facts about the link between vitamin D and depression: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201307/vitamin-d-deficiency-and-depression
If you are unable to get sunlight you may benefit from light therapy which I discussed in Part One of this series last week. Some milk products are also fortified with vitamin D. Many people, including myself, find it beneficial to also take a supplement.
Tiredness and lethargy are some of the most common symptoms of a vitamin B-12 deficiency. If you suffer from S.A.D., the symptoms may be even more prevalent since many S.A.D. sufferers already feel lethargic. The lack of vitamin B-12 has also been associated with low cognitive function and the ability to carry out simple tasks. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-vitamin-b12/art-20363663
Food sources of this vitamin include animal based food such as cottage cheese, ground beef, and eggs. Here is a link to an excellent chart found on the Dietitians of Canada website: https://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Nutrition-A-Z/Vitamins/Food-Sources-of-Vitamin-B12.aspx
A supplement can also be taken if your preference of food sources still do not provide a high enough dosage. I personally have taken a supplement for a couple of years.
I hope I have inspired you with this information I have presented. I trust that you will do your own research and take the necessary steps to getting the nutrients that will help you beat S.A.D.
Be sure to watch for Part Three next Saturday.