Melt Away Those Icy-Cold Winter Blues! Fix Common Colds & Mood Swings During Shorter Daylight

winter-sceneBy Paul A. Philips

Many folks in the Northern Hemisphere will no doubt perceive the arrival of winter as a health threat. That’s perfectly understandable when it’s well reasoned that ill health occurs due to cold weather and shorter daylight hours. Indeed, both factors are very capable of giving people those well-known winter blues in high numbers.

No doubt, during suffering with colds and flu, many will be reaching out for powders, pills and pick-me-ups… while others will be suffering from the winter-affected in a different and more problematical way:

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  • Tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings 
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Excessive food cravings 
  • Unusually sad
  • Much less or little desire for sex
  • Tense 
  • Trouble keeping focused
  • Overreacting
  • Restless 

Then the case may be that you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) a type of depression due to less daylight hours over wintertime. A feeling of downbeat is indeed a mild version of SAD depression and like I’ve said many are affected. This milder version, feeling downbeat or down in the dumps, affects around 25 million Americans. Some 14 plus million Americans are said to have SAD. The shorter daylight hours lead to higher levels of the hormone melatonin, which can in turn affect mood: a disturbance in the sleep cycle is said to be the culprit. 

First, before looking into SAD depression or, alternatively, just plain down in the dumps, let’s examine the said cure for a common cold. You know the feeling when you’re about to have a cold. Yes, the first signs you have include that ickle-tickle in the throat…Then I strongly suggest you dose yourself with high levels of vitamin C. Ignore attempts to discredit this treatment from those saying that high dosing with vitamin C doesn’t work. It does work and the only real reason why there are those who have not found it successful is because they haven’t dosed high enough. 

The precise amounts of vitamin C required and when to use it can be found here on the webpage entitled ”Surefire Cures for the Common Cold or Flu.” It has worked well for me. Even if you’re too late to catch it at the early stage and already have a cold, high dosing on vitamin C can still be very useful as a cure and can cut the ailment time significantly.  A few words of advice: when buying vitamin C, make sure that it contains bioflavanoids. This is the vitamin C complex and is far more effective.

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Another trick for melting away those icy-cold winter blues and coping can be found using some highly effective methods in dealing with less daylight hours. 

Stay out in the sun longer 

Make use of those precious sunlight hours even though they may not last long. Get into the habit of taking walks. Getting the sun on you allows vitamin D production (vitamin D-3) which helps build immunity, leads to serotonin elevation  – that wonderful feel-good factor hormone that also lowers melatonin levels.

Now, here’s someone with an ingenious solution… 

In the UK, Mark Golding had frequently suffered from SAD. He chose to do something about his condition by setting up his own company, specialising in manufacturing a non-invasive type of lighting therapy product. Through this lighting that fully mimics daylight, he doesn’t suffer anymore from SAD. His product is highly effective, cheap and energy efficient. Details on SAD lamps and what to get can be found here.

Get good supplies of omega-3 fats.

Food sources rich in this vitamin are: Fish oils like cod liver oil and flaxseed oils. Both contain high amounts of the much needed omega-3 fats. 

Be wise with your dietary choices. 

Have lots of organic, natural food. Go easy on starchy grainy food. 

In summary, many people suffer unnecessarily from colds, flu and SAD or feeling down in the dumps and the choices made by getting into the above habits is the solution.

You can read more from Paul A. Philips at his site

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