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Posted on 12-01-2011

Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. This is called a cyclic, seasonal condition. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and can continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

SAD is usually characterized by these symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of energy
  • Social withdrawal
  • Oversleeping
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating and processing information

Recent studies suggest that Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to SAD. You need sunshine on your skin to produce vitamin D. In the winter months, there is less sunlight and less exposed skin available to soak up the sunshine, leading to decreased vitamin D production. Recommended dosage for Vitamin D supplementation is 5,000 to 10,000 IU per day. Supplementation is important, because you would literally have to stand outside with no clothes on for 20 minutes in order to get your daily value of vitamin D!

Major Vitamin D Functions

·         Supports key mineral absorption and metabolism (especially calcium and phosphorus in bones)

·         Regulates normal cell differentiation and proliferation (e.g. prevention of cancer)

·         Promotes insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation

·         Regulates over 200 genes through binding to Vitamin D receptors throughout the body

If you or a loved one thinks you might be affected by SAD, give our office a call today at 773-545-2233. Dr. Seaman can find the right blend of chiropractic and lifestyle counseling to get you healthy and to stay healthy!


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