PRODUCTS TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES Monday 17 December 2007 PDF Print BEAT THE WINTER BLUES - simple ways to beat a common ailment – seasonal affective disorder We all know how exhausting and stressful this time of year can be. If you’re feeling tearful, over sensitive, negative or angry or just trying to keep those day-to-day blues at bay you could be suffering from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). But did you know that a third of the British population experience mild to full-blown depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder? SAD probably accounts for about 1 in 3 cases of depression and in countries with little or no winter sunlight, suicide rates tend to increase. Common symptoms include mood swings, irritability, anxiety, a tendency to oversleep, low energy levels and cravings for sweet or starchy foods. The cause of SAD is unclear but it’s partly to do with our internal body clock. Regulated by the brain’s pineal gland it reacts to the 24 hour cycle of light and dark by secreting special hormones that tell us when to be alert and when to go to sleep. During periods of increased darkness, the pineal gland produces more melatonin, making us feel sleepier. Tips 1 & 2: It’s beneficial to walk around outside for at least half an hour, every day during daylight hours – even on a cloudy day. Many SAD sufferers also benefit from using a therapeutic light box for at least 30 minutes, every morning! Another reason for the winter blues is low levels of neurotransmitters, especially serotonin, the brain chemical that affects mood. Junk food, sugary foods, diet drinks and stimulants such as tea, coffee and alcohol are best avoided as they lower levels of serotonin. Tip 3: Foods that help to boost serotonin levels are rich in B vitamins and the amino acid Tryptophan, including beans, avocados, spinach, sunflower seeds, bananas, figs, wheatgerm, fish, turkey, chicken and cottage cheese, plus wholemeal pasta and bread, oats and rye. Deficiencies of neurotransmitters dopamine, adrenalin and noradrenalin are also associated with depression and lack of motivation. Vitamin C, B Vitamins and folic acid and the amino acid Tyrosine help to boost levels neurotransmitters dopamine, adrenalin and noradrenalin. Spirulina contains a good source of Tryptophan and Tyrosine and other mood and mind boosting nutrients including B vitamins, omega 6 essential fats and Beta-carotene. Tip 4: Try the SYNERGY NATURAL ORGANIC SPIRULINA from Xynergy – it contains over 100 easily absorbed, life-enhancing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients making it an ideal food supplement. Bee-pollen may be helpful for combating winter sluggishness as it helps to recharge the metabolism and provides sustained energy release. It is a dense source of protein and a rich source of vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids, hormones, enzymes and fats. Bee pollen has long been used to increase energy and mental alertness, slow down the aging process and retain youthful energy. It is frequently taken by athletes to increase performance levels. Tip 5: Try the APITHERAPY BEE POLLEN from Xynergy (250g - £10.60, 500g - £21.15). Tip 6: Try lifting your depression the natural way with a remedy such as the PURE KLAMATH CRYSTALS from Xynergy (6oz (170g) crystals - £52.95 or 120 vegicaps - £29.95) that contain peptide molecules that act as precursors to two important brain foods: glycogen and neuropeptides that help enhance mental clarity and feeling clear-headed will definitely help lift your mood! Alternatively, try a spritz of SMILEY, the world’s first antidepressant perfume! Available from Boots and Selfridges, Smiley have created a psycho-stimulant cocktail from nature. Containing theobromine to reduce stress and phenethylamine to set off a feeling of joy and euphoria, frowns will become a thing of the past! - ends - For further information or expert comment from Xynergy please contact: Wendy Campling / Nicola Boniface Sparkle PR Telephone 020 8686 8441 / 3141 Note to Editors: Synergy Natural Organic Spiralina, Pure Klamath Crystals, Apitherapy Bee Pollen are available from www.xynergy.co.uk mail order 08456 58 58 58. The Smiley EDT is available from Boots stores nationwide and Selfridges. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Sparkle PR in the following categories: Men's Interest, Health, Women's Interest & Beauty, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.