Functional medicine

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that occurs with a semi-regular seasonal pattern (usually over the winter months), and can manifest as moodiness, sluggishness, insomnia, and changes in eating patterns. Symptoms include decreased concentration, increased appetite, weight gain, social withdrawal, and fatigue. Often times people who suffer from SAD lose interest in activities they once enjoyed and feel unmotivated in their career and relationships.

Following the guidelines below and scheduling a consultation with the best doctors at Spark Health who specialize in functional medicine in San Diego  will help you combat the onset of SAD.

  1. Increase Vitamin D intake

    It can be increasingly difficult as the winter months loom to get sufficient Vitamin D, which is a critical nutrient for combating SAD. Vitamin D helps regulate immune and nervous system health, and is required for maximum calcium absorption, thereby keeping our bones dense and our brains functioning at full capacity. Additionally, vitamin D plays a significant role in our mental health by helping to encourage production and release of serotonin, one of our “happy” neurotransmitters. Contact the highly reputable naturopathic doctors at Spark Health today for further remedial options.
  2. Connecting to Others

    Connecting with other people, whether it’s through words, touch, or quality time,is crucial for preventing feelings of isolation. Take the time to reach out to family and friends during the winter to help boost each other’s mood and hold each other accountable to achieve goals and resolutions that have been set. Planning small activities and gatherings can help break up the mundane winter weeks and provide a date to look forward to.
  3. Exercise

    Consistent exercise has been demonstrated to reliably improve sleep patterns, and can aid in relieving insomnia associated with SAD. Exercise also provides a boost to serotonin and other endorphin levels that can act as positive stimulants. Go with a buddy to keep you accountable,and be sure to exercise for at least 30 minutes 3-4 times a week!
  4. Eat Right

    No single diet fits all. Eating a clean, well-balanced diet that’s catered specifically to you can increase your energy and mood, and overall wellbeing. At Spark Health, your naturopathic doctorwill provide in-depth nutritionalassessmentto determine the best approach to revive your health.

If you or a loved one suffers from seasonal affective disorder and would like to learn more about the naturopathic treatment options available at Spark Health, please call (858) 228-4188 or[l8]  and for further information visit .

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