Fight S.A.D. with IV Therapy
Have you noticed that you tend to feel more run down in the fall and winter? Like you’ve lost your energy and everything is just a little bit gray? While everyone experiences some discomfort from the shifting of the seasons, certain people can be affected more than others. If this sounds like how you feel every fall and winter, you may be experiencing S.A.D.
What is S.A.D.?
S.A.D. stands for seasonal affective disorder but is also referred to as seasonal depression. While it’s more commonly associated with fall and winter, some individuals experience S.A.D. during spring and summer. To be diagnosed with S.A.D., a patient needs to experience two or more years in a row of depressive symptoms that start and stop as the seasons change.
The good news about S.A.D. is that you will eventually recover once the seasons change. Unfortunately, S.A.D. tends to be recurring and you can expect to feel the same depressive symptoms when the seasons change again.
Because S.A.D. is reoccurring, it’s important to have strategies in place to help you manage your symptoms. If you have access to a psychiatrist, they can diagnose you and provide you with medication while you’re experiencing your depressive symptoms. Light therapy is another popular form of symptom management, as it helps to replace some of our lost sun exposure.
However, not everyone who experiences S.A.D. can see a mental health professional, and in many cases, S.A.D. is difficult to diagnose because it shares many symptoms with other health disorders. If you need help managing your S.A.D. symptoms, try IV therapy.
How Can IV Therapy Help with S.A.D.?
In a perfect world, everyone would have access to medication and therapies that could treat the root cause of S.A.D. But in cases where we can’t treat the root of a problem, the next best course of action is learning how to manage your symptoms. IV therapy is one method that can help manage your seasonal depression.
Energy IV Therapy
One of the most prevalent symptoms of S.A.D. is constant fatigue. This can present as recurring sleepiness throughout the day, feeling as if you aren’t resting during the night, and an overall lack of energy.
To keep the fatigue at bay, experts recommend trying to exercise. Exercising can help energize you by producing neurotransmitters that can boost your mood and energy levels. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find the motivation to start exercising when you already feel drained and exhausted. You need an initial push, so you can break the cycle and start exercising.
Energy IV therapy can provide this boost. Our energy IV therapy uses B12 to give you more energy and help you fight off fatigue. Increasing your B12 levels can give your body the extra push it needs to feel energized enough to exercise and start creating neurotransmitters to fight S.A.D
Vitamin C IV Therapy
Constant anxiety and depression take a toll on your mental and physical health. As a result, individuals with S.A.D. can become more vulnerable to illness and have a harder time recovering after a cold or bout with the flu. It’s important to try and counter these vulnerabilities as they will contribute to your lack of energy and depression.
Many physicians already recommend increasing your Vitamin C intake over the fall and winter to fight off cold and flu season and this is especially true for sufferers of seasonal depression. Vitamin C IV therapy allows you to increase your levels of vitamin C while ensuring peak absorption through the bloodstream.
Oral supplements have to be digested and absorbed into the stomach before they can be utilized by the body. Additionally, oral vitamin C can cause abdominal discomfort and GI upset. Likewise, individuals with various health conditions may have difficulty absorbing certain vitamins and nutrients. Bypassing the digestive process with IV therapy ensures you get the benefits of the entire dose of vitamin C and allows your body to start using the vitamin sooner.
Vitamin D IV Therapy
One of our main sources of vitamin D comes from exposure to sunlight. The more time we spend outside with our skin exposed to the sun, the more vitamin D we have. During spring and summer, this isn’t too much of a problem. With extended hours of daylight, most people can get their needed sun exposure regardless of their schedule. This doesn’t hold true for fall and winter.
The colder months of the year have fewer hours of sunshine, and these hours tend to be concentrated in the middle of the day. This becomes a problem for people who go to work before the sun rises or go home after it has set, and can result in a vitamin D deficiency. Some doctors theorize that lower amounts of vitamin D can contribute to patients’ developing S.A.D.
While there isn’t conclusive evidence connecting reduced vitamin D levels and S.A.D., adding vitamin D to your IV therapy session can lessen your deficiency and possibly help you manage your S.A.D. symptoms.
Overall, S.A.D. is a very treatable condition, and with successful symptom management, you can make the best of the season and get back to normal. Whether it’s speaking with a mental health professional, investing in a lightbox, or fighting your symptoms with IV therapy, S.A.D. is only a temporary setback.
Interested in trying IV therapy? Schedule an appointment with your local Hydration Room.