SAD 'could be helped with healthy diet'

1 November 2011

A healthy lifestyle during the winter months could help stave off depression, according to one expert.

The Seasonal Affective Disorder Association (SADA) suggested that eating the right foods and keeping a balanced diet could make people feel happier and more content during the darker months of the year.

Sue Pavlovich, SADA media spokesperson, said: "Nutritionists say that tryptophan boosts serotonin, a mood-enhancing hormone. It is found in eggs, milk, fish, nuts, bananas, dates, oats, chocolate and other foods."

She added that eating complex carbohydrates found in wholemeal products can help to boost slow-releasing energy levels and make a person feel more upbeat throughout the day.

People with SAD often feel down during the shorter days and treatments such as light therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy have been found to be effective. In severe cases, anti-depressants are used.

The government is to consider supporting the Daylight Savings Private Members Bill, which could eventually mean the advancing of time by one hour throughout the year across the country. This would mean lighter mornings throughout the year.

Posted by Philip Briggs


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