“Be proactive to lessen SAD symptoms and the winter blues”

Seasonal Effective Disorder and the winter blues may both be strongly aggrevated byinsufficient light which can disrupt the body’s hormonal balance. It seems that the light/dark and sleep cycles are orchestrated by the pineal gland.that controls the flow of light energy traveling through the nerve pathways from the eyes to various parts of the brain.  The light must be brighter than ordinary room light to activate the pineal gland.

When the pineal gland senses darkness of night secretes a hormone called melatonin, which has sedative properties.

These symptoms of SAD or the winter moody blues can be lessened by

  • increasing exposure to light, either by being outdoors more in the winter or using full-spectrum lighting in the home that contain the full spectrum from ultraviolet to infrared,violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and others.
  • Limit the amount of time you wearing sunglasses because sunglasses limit the light traveling from the eyes to the pineal gland. Caution: Take precautionary measures when sunlight is strong.
  • Deficiency in any nutrient can cause an imbalance to the body which may result in a worsening of the winter blues or SAD.
  • try to eat a well-balanced diet to help your body cope with seasonal changes.  Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, including many raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat more raw foods and drink green/fruit drinks. Have a large and varied salad at each meal; raw fruits, nuts, and seeds (unsalted preferred)

These foods and condiments are high in magnesium  *  iron * selenium which help decrease SAD or winter blues symptoms.

Flours: Whole wheat, Nuts: dried, unblanched brazil nuts, almonds, cashew

Legumes: beans, tofu,

Herbs: dried Chinese parsley, caraway, cilantro, dried marjoram, dried/freezed dried parsley, freeze dried chives,oregano, tarragon, thyme, saffron, dried marjoram,

Seeds: flaxseed, pumpkin and squash seeds, dried pepitas, celery seed, dill seed,   cumin seed, fortified peanut butter, sesame butter paste

Seaweeds, agar

Meats chicken, turkey fish, game meat, tofu, green spagetti, turnips, lamb, wheat flour,

Spices: basil, dried, thyme, dried, crude rice bran, coriander leaf, sage, ground

Crude Wheat bran

Babyfood, cereal, oatmeal, with honey, dry

Cereals ready-to-eat, KELLOGG, KELLOGG’S Complete Oat Bran Flakes

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