Article – Essential Oils For Seasonal Affective Disorder

A really great article explaining the science behind SAD and then how essential oils can be used to reduce the symptoms

“To help tackle seasonal affective disorder successfully we should use the essential oils known to uplift and energize together with others that bolster the emotional system, and a few to help you get a good night’s sleep”

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Article – Vitamin D Council – How do I get the vitamin D my body needs?

“The two main ways to get vitamin D are by exposing your bare skin to sunlight and by taking vitamin D supplements. You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food.

The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This can happen very quickly, particularly in the summer. You don’t need to tan or burn your skin to get vitamin D. You only need to expose your skin for around half the time it takes for your skin to begin to burn. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on the time of day, where you live in the world and the color of your skin. The more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced”

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Article – L-Tryptophan VS 5-HTP – Which one is better?

“L-tryptophan vs 5-HTP is something people ask about a lot! Both of these great dietary supplements are converted into the same neurotransmitters (serotonin and melatonin), responsible for promoting a healthy mood and great sleep. You can find L-tryptophan as an amino acid in many food sources. You can only take 5-HTP as a dietary supplement.

In this article, we’ll explore the question of L-tryptophan vs 5-HTP. We look at how both of them work, and which supplement is more effective. We’ll also explore safety issues with using both of the supplements together in a stack. Learn more about them here!”

Article – Vitamin D And Sunlight: How To Know If Your Sun Exposure Is Producing Vitamin D

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding sunlight and the production of Vitamin D. People commonly think that if the sun is up and they are outside in the sun, they are going to produce Vitamin D. This is not the case!

There are many reasons why you won’t make Vitamin D in the sun—even during the middle of the day. But most significantly, the sun cannot stimulate your production of Vitamin D if the sun isn’t high enough in the sky.

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Article – The weird history of vitamin D — and what it actually has to do with sun

As you soak in rays of almost-summer sunshine, your thoughts may turn to vitamin D — because you probably know it has something to do with the sun. But do you actually know what it is?

Humans are kinda capable of photosynthesis, and they use it to produce what scientists believe to be the oldest hormone that has ever existed on earth. It’s vitamin D, and it’s been around 750 million years, ever since tiny phytoplankton began cranking out the stuff in what is now the Atlantic Ocean.

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Article – How you can EAT your way to a healthier immune system and cure seasonal affective disorder

“The clocks have turned back, the days are getting darker and flu season is well and truly upon us – it’s enough to make anyone feel miserable.

But if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – often called ‘winter depression’ – the cold nights and dark days could be having a serious impact on your life.
Now nutritional therapist, Natalie Lamb, says you can eat your way to a cure for the symptoms of SAD, while also fighting off nasty winter bugs with a just a few lifestyle changes. ”

Read more of this great article at  The Daily Mail <<here>>

Article – NHS insists that we should all take the ‘sunshine supplement’

“Everyone should be taking Vitamin D pills, according to health chiefs, to improve our bones and muscles. Public Health England recommends a 10 microgram daily supplement, and says even babies would benefit.

It was a surprising move, given that officials often claim that tablets are no substitute for a balanced diet. However, deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to a raft of worrying problems, including the re-emergence of the bone-deformity condition rickets in children, and a similar problem, osteomalacia, in adults. It has also been associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and depression.”

Read more here… <<As the NHS insists that we should all take the ‘sunshine supplement’>>

I think it’s great that they are starting to link it to depression, something many SAD sufferers have known for years.

Unfortunately I calculate that the dose recommended equals 400iu which I personally think is way too low, but at least it’s a start.