Exposure to natural sunlight prompts the body to produce a chemical called serotonin, a natural anti depressant.
Since some become more depressed during Winter months the conclusion was drawn, by the medical industry, that limited exposure to the sun during those Winter months must be the cause.
Hence, the condition, Seasonal Affective Disorder was born. This may be true, in part and for some but it is interesting to me that the beginning of daylight savings time, which occurs in mid Fall when days are becoming shorter and exposure to sunlight is limited, is the same time that we Americans are feasting on junk food....Standard American Diet.
From Halloween till the end of the year, we have managed to wreck our bodies with the leftover Halloween candy, rich food and alcohol, staying up late at parties, not sleeping well then getting up to go to work, skipping our morning workout or run because we feel hungover from rich food devoid of valuable nutrients.
No wonder we're depressed. We are running on empty fuel. Add to this equation the stress of the holidays and our immune system is operating in the red making us more vulnerable to illness.
Cheeses, pates', sweets, breads, heavy appetizers along with limited vegetables and water, plus alcohol intake naturally creates imbalance in the body.
When we feed our body healthy food and limit alcohol intake, we sleep better, feel motivated and energized to work out which in turn prompts us to eat healthy again.
A general sense of well being, peace and calm is the balanced state that follows.
When we have unhealthy eating habits, we don't feel like working out, an activity which helps the body produce serotonin, as well.
By the time the holidays are over it takes us a few months to get back on track.
Prompted by the New Year, we are resolved to get healthy which takes 2 months to undo the damage that occurred the last quarter of the previous year.
Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Pharmacy or Farmacy?