Friday, 18 November 2011

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Winter blues!

The clocks have gone back, our days are shorter and darker and for many this is a dark time of year in many other ways too.
Season Affective Disorder is a type of depression affecting 7% of the population between September and April, and particularly during December to February. Symptoms include low mood and apathy, sleep disorders, irritability, lethargy, over-eating and loss of libido. The cause is unclear but is linked to the affect of sunlight on chemicals and hormones, eg. serotonin and melatonin, which in turn affect our mood.

Two complementary therapies recommended are reflexology and nutritional therapy. Reflexology is a balancer and has a positive effect on levels of serotonin in the body. It promotes energy flow in the body, increases energy levels and has shown to be effective for hormonal imbalances. Reflexology can also help with digestive problems, useful since 90% of the body's serotonin is located in the gut.

Nutritionist Lisa Jackson of Fresh Nutrition recommends eating foods such as turkey, soybeans, fresh tuna, bananas, seeds, halibut, salmon, beans, lentils, chickpeas. These foods are rich in Tryptophan which is a pre-cursor to serotonin production.

For more information please get in touch with our Reflexologist at Health & Harmony Nicola who would be happy to help.

Take advantage of our current Christmas Offer Buy One Reflexology treatment and get the 2nd Half price!

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