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Using Whole Foods in the Yearly Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) Battle

August 3, 2016

Summer is in full swing here in Colorado and the days are longer, providing us with more sunlight. As you come up out of cold months and into warm ones, it is a good time to review how you faired during the darker, colder months. Did you fair well? Did the lack of sun affect your mood and life? Or did you sail through without a hitch? So many times, we can't see the forest for the proverbial trees and can only tell we had a difficult winter after we get clear enough in the spring to look back at it. At Froozer®, we are committed to pure foods, to providing whole food snacks for your better health and living. We present natural fruits and veggies in all their glory, nothing added or subtracted – not even a drop of water.

As the days get shorter, some people begin to see signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which may affect as many as seven out of ten Americans. Although experts were initially skeptical, Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) is now recognized as a common disorder. SAD, or winter-onset depression, is believed to be caused by reduced exposure to sunlight and a drop in serotonin levels. It may be further fueled by our love affair with coffee and energy drinks, because caffeine suppresses serotonin. Serotonin is the "feel good" chemical in the brain that tells us, when we have an adequate amount, that all is well.

For many people, dietary changes, combined with light therapy and exercise can be just what’s needed to improve their SAD condition. Many of us do not eat the way we should to maintain good health during the winter – especially with the holidays thrown in there too, with their endless array of carbohydrate-rich foods. A good start might involve reducing or cutting out caffeine.

Protein is an important nutritional support; especially high quality EPA/DHA sources. Choose foods that are rich in these, such as egg yolks and mushrooms. Try to have a small amount of protein at least three times per day.

We all know we should eat more fruit. Instead of reaching for sugar-filled processed snacks, reach for the natural sugar that comes in fresh whole fruit. Fruits contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can keep us healthy all winter. Bananas, for instance, contain potassium, magnesium and tryptophan which can help improve sleep and reduce anxiety. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and other fresh berries can help prevent the release of too much cortisol, a hormone linked to anxiety and stress.

At Froozer®, we believe in whole foods that nourish your body and mind, supporting the body's natural healing processes and providing those nutrients needed for balance. Our frozen whole-fruit smoothies are:  All Natural, Antioxidant Rich, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Non-GMO, Kosher, Naturally Low in Calories, and Vegan. Want to try them for yourself? You can buy them right here on our website, and we’ll ship them to you. You can also find them in various grocery stores such as Whole Foods (map here).