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Seasonal Affective Disorder, diet and sunlight - any tips?

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Created January 09, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Has anybody got any tips on how to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (or winter depression)? Sometimes it is extremely difficult to get enough sunshine, especially in the more northern climes of the globe, during the winter months and I was wondering if anyone knows any diet/light tips.

Thanks.

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on January 16, 2012
at 09:20 AM

I also take the same, living in Sweden the sun is almost always gone durring the winter.

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on January 16, 2012
at 08:50 AM

For those who've never dealt with it, you don't want to! Combine depression (and lack of vitamin D) from lack of sunlight with cabin fever 'cause it's usually too cold to go out and grogginess 'cause your body figures it's a good time to hibernate ...

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on January 12, 2011
at 04:37 PM

this looks good thanks!

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on January 10, 2011
at 03:28 PM

that one in the link there is much cheaper than any others ive found. and i love it.

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on January 10, 2011
at 12:07 AM

Philips GoLite is a similar product recommended in 4HourBody. Seems pricey, but light therapy might help.

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on January 09, 2011
at 08:35 PM

Related threads: http://paleohacks.com/questions/10549/benefits-of-sunlight-exposure-other-than-vitamin-d#axzz1AZT2XRbo , http://paleohacks.com/questions/785/suggestions-for-light-supplementation#axzz1AZT2XRbo , http://paleohacks.com/questions/314/tanning-beds-vitamin-d-and-paleo#axzz1AZT2XRbo

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on January 09, 2011
at 09:20 PM

Would definitely be taking at least 5,000 iu of Vitamin D since you're not getting it from the sun right now. It really seems to help me feel good when I'm not getting enough sun.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on January 16, 2012
at 09:20 AM

I also take the same, living in Sweden the sun is almost always gone durring the winter.

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on January 09, 2011
at 11:59 PM

i have been using this for 3 months: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W8Y7FY/ref=oss_product

every morning i keep it right by face for about 30 minutes while reading news, checking email, etc. I like it. N=1

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on January 12, 2011
at 04:37 PM

this looks good thanks!

Ceda025d1f349bc43be115a5f9199fb1

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on January 10, 2011
at 12:07 AM

Philips GoLite is a similar product recommended in 4HourBody. Seems pricey, but light therapy might help.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on January 10, 2011
at 03:28 PM

that one in the link there is much cheaper than any others ive found. and i love it.

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on January 10, 2011
at 05:17 AM

My friend has seasonal affective disorder and a few years ago, he got a sun light lamp and he swears it really really has helped him. Even if it were all down to placebo effect, a good effect is still an effect! He likes to read so he uses the sun lamp light to read by each day. He is the type who goes out in the sun every day of the year and wears shorts even in winter, so it's not like he doesn't get natural sun, but I guess the weak winter sun was just not enough for him by itself.

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on January 09, 2011
at 11:01 PM

Raw dairy and fermented cod liver oil are high in natural D, and pastured lard is supposed to be the highest dietary source of D. I'm not sure how well that works since D breaks down in high heat, but a Russian friend told us that they used to freeze lard solid, then slice it very thin and eat it with hot mustard. I also use imitation sunlight lamps when I really feel the need for more sunlight as I work 2nd shift and don't get out much even in summer.

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on January 09, 2011
at 08:37 PM

i feel ya! any help would be great!

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on January 16, 2012
at 12:09 PM

I use one of those lights, and have recently begun taking 5000 IU vit D (don't know if those are helpful yet).

I also do my best to spend some time outside every day, even if it's not sunny (even a little indirect sunlight helps)

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on January 16, 2012
at 08:57 AM

I use a 250W, 130V heat lamp to light my desk, and It works very nicely, a very warm light.

Link: http://www.elightbulbs.com/Bulbrite-714025-250BR40H-Heat-Lamp

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:07 AM

SAD is real and very depreesing.It is a rear form of depression which appears in the rear region of globe at the same time each year in which person feel depressed, low energized and unexplained fatigues and it is probable occurs due to triggered brain response to decreased daylight exposure. I feel its affect when i was in high school and it's messed up my grades.To stay Happy and get rid from seasonal affective disorder , i used light therapy in form of sad lamps, which is very effective. For diet,SAD patients have to eat more and more Vitamins and proteins enrich food like milk, egg etc

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