Where does Winter Depression come from?
Have you ever heard of the term “Winter Depression” or “Seasonal Affective Disorder“? Most people know that they are feeling less energetic during the darker time of the year. But they might – as I have been for a long time – NOT know, where this can simply come from.
Your energy levels largely depend on Vitamin D, which is produced by your skin through our beautiful sunshine. During winter there’s little sunshine, so you get less Vitamin D. And with a lack of Vitamin D you feel less energetic, depressed, and you might sleep for a long time, but still feel tired.
So it’s easy to see where this can come from. And while many people know their mood swings, unfortunately many, many of us don’t know the reason for this in winter. Some people do. And this should get more by the time.
The American Academy of Pediatrics tells us about it.
For little babies and their mothers, a lack of Vitamin D is a KNOWN health issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that ALL babies (and their mothers) receive Vitamin D supplements.
To not only protect against energy lows, but also other bodily deficiencies that can arise out of a lack (bone growth problems for example). Here’s a good article, containing information for Vitamins for babies in general. Not only Vitamin D.
Scroll down to Vitamin D to find out more.
So what can you do?
First, if you are feeling like you are depressed – independent of the time of the year -, you can have your Vitamin D Level checked through a bloodtest. For ideal treatment, seek a health practitioner and ask him to have it checked via the 25(OH)D test. This is the only reliable indicator as to whether your body rely has enough Vitamin D.
Once that is done, he can then determine how low your Vitamin D level is and what you can do to fill it up to a normal level again.
For me, the solution was very easy. I had to take 10 drops of organic Sunflower Oil (like this one here) over a period of 10 days. This filled up my depot and I was feeling more energetic. Day by day. And this was not during winter, but in early spring season.
Don’t take this on your own though. Your health practitioner needs to find the right dosis for you! And he can also determine what other organic factors might be contributing.
So what did Vitamin D do for me!
Before I had my Vitamin D deficiency diagnosed I was not only feeling energetically low, but also had pale skin. This was a BIG problem. Let me tell you why?
With a pale skin, you avoid sunshine, because it quickly burns your skin. So: no Vitamin D. Lack of sunshine. Lack of Vitamin D, etc. You get the idea, right?
After a rather short time of Vitamin D treatment, my skin texture changed. My skin got browner with very little exposure to sunshine. And this was an upwards trend. Today I have a milde skin tone and can enjoy the sunshine for a couple of hours without sun burn.
I needed to stop supplementing though, because my Vitamin D levels were to high.
Please have your Vitamin D checked regularly.
So if you are feeling emotionally too high (which is then the opposite of depression) and in general: have your Vitamin D levels checked again every once in a while. Your health practitioner can then tell you, which dosis you need – if any at all.
Currently, I don’t need Vitamin D over the summer and will have it checked before the winter. My doctor will then know whether my depot is high enough to get me through the winter without treatment.
This is easy, isn’t it? I like that!
Give it a try yourself and let me know how it worked for you.