As daylight hours decrease and temperatures start to cool down, we’re more susceptible to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression related to a change in seasons. Its main cause is that change in light, which affects our levels of melatonin and circadian rhythm (sleep cycle) as well as our levels of mood-regulating neurotransmitter serotonin. These changes can also affect levels of stress hormone cortisol.
For serious depression, it’s important to seek out a mental health care provider, but food can play a supportive role as well. I recommend certain foods to my nutrition clients to keep in their arsenal of SAD-fighting foods… Read More
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