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Home > Finally! Natural Relief for SAD Sufferers

Dave Foreman


Finally! Natural Relief for SAD Sufferers

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

This year alone, more than 35 million Americans will struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, appropriately given the acronym SAD, a form of depression that usually begins in autumn and lasts five to seven months until spring.

According to the National Mental Health Association, SAD was first noted as early as 1845, but was not officially named until the early 1980Õs. The most difficult months for SAD sufferers are January and February, and young people and women are at a higher risk of suffering from the disease. The early loss of sunlight in the winter appears to induce chemical changes in the brain that bring on depression.When the days grow longer in the spring, symptoms disappear, not reappearing until the following autumn or winter. Many people experience seasonal mood changes or other SAD symptoms and are completely unaware this condition actually exists.

LET THERE BE LIGHT
Modern medicine has one SAD strategy that I fully support - Bright Light Therapy.This highly effective, natural remedy consists of exposure to a maximum 10,000 lux, cool-white fluorescent light for 30 to 120 minutes a day.This type of light therapy requires special lamps that provide up to 20 times the normal brightness of home or office lighting. Ask your health care provider to assist you in selecting the right system for your needs.

SAD SUPPLEMENTS
Nutritional supplements can also provide some added relief for SAD sufferers. Low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin are found in a large number of individuals with depression and SAD. Supplements that can be converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin, including L-Tryptophan and 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), may provide some benefit to those with SAD. 5-HTP can easily cross the blood-brain barrier and effectively increases central nervous system (CNS) production of serotonin. Since serotonin levels are linked to the regulation of depression, it is easy to see why supplementing with a nutrient that supports serotonin production can be helpful in helping those with SAD.

My supplement of choice for SAD, in addition to correctly diagnosed mild to moderate depression, is St. John's Wort (SJW). Science has shown that when people took 900 mg of SJW per day, there was a marked improvement in the symptoms related to SAD.

GET THE FACTS
If you have been suffering from the winter blues, seek out a diagnosis from your physician prior to beginning any natural health program.Your depression could actually be a symptom of some other health issue such as heart disease, chronic pain or even a thyroid condition. It is never a good idea to self diagnose your health. Get the facts, and then negotiate with your health care provider about the treatment options you have or may want to use. Going natural works, but only when you use the supplements or natural remedies for the right condition.

YOUR SAD SYMPTOM CHECKLIST
Symptoms vary from person to person, but the more common complaints related to SAD are:
- Lack of energy
- Increased desire to sleep
- Depression
- Increased appetite leading to weight gain
- Anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability
- Withdrawal; difficulty with relationships; loss of sexual desire
- Increase in Premenstrual Syndrome-related symptoms in women

 
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