Light therapy and how it helps fight SAD
In my previous post, we learned how vitamin D is an effective solution to (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Today we will look at another treatment for SAD – light therapy.
According to Mayo Clinic light therapy is proven to help persons suffering from SAD.
If you live in the West – Vancouver and the lower mainland, you’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Some of the symptoms may include fatigue, depression, lack of sleep, moodiness, and weight gain.
I for one am one of ‘those persons’ who needed to kick up her vitamin D intake and have some sunlight around me.
This is the second winter that I have a lamp in my office and natural lighting in my kitchen. I take 5 – 7,000 units of vitamin D per day.
I needed that!
So how does light therapy help?
Light therapy mimics sunlight.
It helps to regulate both melatonin and serotonin, bringing the body back into balance.
For details on the relationship between light and hormones please read my article on Examiner.com titled, “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and light therapy”.
Light therapy works best when used on a daily basis, starting in fall and ending in springtime.
Also known as bright light therapy or phototherapy, light therapy is widely recommended by doctors and naturopaths.
A note of caution:
Persons affected by SAD may also be suffering from other conditions. Talk to your doctor, naturopath or mental health provider to find out if light therapy is right for you.
disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation