Isn’t it interesting how you keep busy and stay active until 9 or 10 p.m., even having dinner that late, in the summer months? But in the dead of winter, you put on your comfy pants, eat something hearty and hunker down in bed by 8 p.m.?
While we have already discussed ways to embrace a decline in mood and motivation, it might help to understand what really happens to your body in winter and how colder, darker days can affect your system.
There is science behind why it is more difficult to practice positive thinking and get regular exercise during January and February, especially if you live near a large body of water that creates cloud cover or produces lake effect snow. The same can be said if you live near or north of the 45th parallel. Known as the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole, at this latitude, most people experience full-blown winter with 15 or more hours of darkness, temperatures below freezing and regular snowfall.
Prolonged lack of sun and cold weather can tax your body like any other source of energy-depleting stress, similar to fighting with your kids, being at odds with your spouse or feeling overwhelmed at work.
It unknowingly strains your mood as well as your metabolism. As your energy dips, your desire for food increases because your body is trying to replenish it. Plus, the cold shifts your body into “hibernation metabolism” and triggers cravings for sweets and carbs.
Darkness also causes your body’s internal clock to get out of whack by throwing off melatonin production. Melatonin is the primary hormone that governs your body’s sleep cycle. Melatonin works at night, synchronizing repair and a restful night’s sleep. It helps restore your energy for the next day. When melatonin levels or its production go haywire, it can lead to sleepless nights and cause you to feel like you are always dragging.
People also underestimate the power of the sun! It produces vitamin D and photon energy – both critical to health and wellbeing. The sun interacts with skin to make vitamin D, a nutrient severely deficient in the winter in northern climates.
There is a good bit of evidence that vitamin D deficiency plays a role in seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which can contribute to fatigue, food cravings, and other symptoms of depression. Vitamin D also is vital to calcium metabolism, proper immunity, good mood, and breast and prostate health.
In addition, the sun also produces photon energy, which is stored in cell membranes. Your ability to store and use this energy is based on the amount of omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. Omega 3 is often lacking in Western diets and can lead to the winter blues. Several studies also have confirmed that people with higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to report symptoms of depression.
Rather than run to the doctor for a prescription for antidepressants, or try to will your lethargy away, there are some ways to counteract the season’s drain on your energy with supplements:
• Melatonin is one of the best cures for regulating your sleep and maintaining melatonin levels
• Vitamin D3 can be consumed in the form of dietary supplements in locales where the sun is sparse
• B vitamins also can help control stress and depression
• Essential fatty acids like omega 3, daily DHA or Leptinal can help get photon energy to your brain
• Squalene also delivers oxygen and photon energy, reduces dry or cracking skin, and helps with circulation, especially people who feel cold in their extremities
• Regular exercise, especially weight training, helps build muscle, boost your resting metabolism and balance hormones
Consult a health food store or nutritionist for other herbal remedies, proper dosages and when is the best time to take supplements. Many vitamins help your body make and use energy and deliver lacking nutrients vital to brain function, mood, motivation and metabolism. Herbs and nutrients can make a difference!
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