Strategies to help those with Seasonal Affective Disorder
We are now approaching those winter months where the days get shorter and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) becomes more prevalent for many of us. It is estimated that a mild form of SAD affects 10-20% of people, and 4-6% of people will experience winter depression.
We typically will spend most of our days indoors working and by the time we head home it’s already dark out. The lack of sunlight can lead to feeling blue, which can then make it harder to get out and enjoy the sun on the weekends. It’s a vicious cycle that keeps us feeling low and tired.
With fall officially here, it’s now time to prepare ourselves for the inevitable cold and flu season. With back to school and fall routines back in place we tend to spend more time indoors and in close quarters with others, which can easily lead to picking up the latest cold or flu virus.
The good news is we can support our immune systems early to keep healthy, and reduce the severity and duration of the common cold. Follow these six steps in order to keep your immune system in tiptop shape for this fall and winter season.
When and what to test to properly evaluate your thyroid function
Every day I see patients complaining of fatigue, hair loss and stubborn weight loss. They have been suffering with these symptoms for months, and know something isn’t quite right. They have cleaned up their diet, and keep pushing themselves to exercise more, yet they aren’t feeling better.
This is the final blog in our three part stress series. The first two blogs discussed how stress affects our immune and digestive systems. If you missed them, make sure to go back and read them both. Both include tips you can do to reduce the effects of stress on you body.
As promised, today we will be discussing how stress affects our endocrine system – which is our hormones.