Sunday, November 13, 2005

Don't Be SAD

Are you sad? SAD as in Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a condition that causes the symptoms of depression, loss of energy, carbohydrate cravings and an intense need for sleep. The cause of this disorder is the decreased amount of daylight during the dark winter months. Winter hours of sunlight only equal about eight hours as opposed to a possible sixteen hours in the summer. Lack of sunlight brings about a decrease in the hormone melatonin and increases the amount of our stress hormone, cortisol. This imbalance in body chemistry can lead to the above symptoms. If you suffer from SAD, the best thing you can do is avoid simple and refined carbohydrates. Eat carbs that come from oats, brown rice and whole wheat. Add lean protein to your diet in frequent intervals. Exercise increases the good mood endorphins that will help bring your hormones into a better balance. Try and get some sunlight. Yes, it is cold out, but the fresh air and sunshine will help cheer you up and increase melatonin production.

Thought for the Week: " Yes, chiropractic care works in all disease. Yes, I said all disease, but not every case. It is up to you doctor, to decide if it is a problem that chiropractic can be a benefit in, but remember do not judge the body's ability to heal itself to lightly. If nerve impingement occurs along the spine, then chiropractic care can be of help, regardless of the name of the disease. Do not be too quick to judge the body's innate healing capability."-----BJ Palmer, DC


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