SAD is the exact topic that began my infatuation with nutrition for mental health
SAD is seasonal affective disorder. This was when I discovered how to have more energy as a mom, and how to improve my mood naturally as a mom. Learning about seasonal affective disorder made me realize that there is a connection between the nutrients that you consume, or the food that you eat, and the way that you feel mentally each day. This was especially beneficial information to me at the time because I was pregnant with my second child and going through a very hard time mentally. I truly believe that changing the way I ate, changed the way I felt mentally.
So, what is SAD?
According to mental health.gov: “Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. It usually lifts during spring and summer.”
They briefly mention treating SAD with light therapy or antidepressants. This isn’t surprising because in the United States everything is treated with a prescription.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (click here to read what they have to say), people with SAD usually have low vitamin D levels. This means that supplementing with or eating more vitamin D rich foods, may help treat the symptoms of SAD!
If you are going through tough times and you are in need of help, please check out the following THIS LINK to the CDC’s resource list!
If you found this article interesting or helpful, check out this other article I wrote about beating the winter blues (AKA seasonal affective disorder).
If you want to learn even more about how improving your nutrition can improve your mood, grab a copy of my nutrition for mental health PDF E-Guide for just $8 HERE!
Thank you so much for reading!