Winter is here, and some of us are TIRED. The dreaded season (is it just me?) comes with shorter days, longer time in bed, and the struggle of getting out of your cozy bed in the morning.
But why are we all so tired? Could it be long-Covid?
Turns out, the lack of sun has a huge impact on our energy levels and internal clock.
Keep reading to learn the 3 main reasons why we are all fatigued in the winter season:
Reduced sun exposure can cause our bodies to produce more melatonin (also known as the sleep hormone), which makes us all more tired than usual.
Less vitamin D. Sunlight is the biggest source of vitamin D, and most of us produce enough vitamin D for the day just from 10 minutes of sun exposure. But in the winter, even 10 minutes might be too much to ask for. Vitamin D deficiency can not only make us tired, but it can also affect our mood, energy level, and immune function.
Low mood. A lot of us struggle more with our moods during the winter. Some may even be diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that happens during the winter due to shorter days and less daylight. Low mood affects sleep quality, which can contribute to both down mood and fatigue.
Don’t settle for low energy.
Here’s 5 Ways to Fight Fatigue:
1. Up Your Vitamin D Intake
Experiencing low mood, fatigue, and even hair loss? You may be Vitamin D deficient. Researchers found “a significant relationship between depression and vitamin D deficiency.”
Vitamin D IM injections can be taken once to twice a year, and the body absorbs the vitamin directly into the bloodstream. Some of it is used immediately, and some is stored for later use. How much Vitamin D you might need would also depend on your age. The older you are, the more you will need!
How much vitamins do you need, exactly? Doctors recommend a daily dose of 1000-2000 IU of D3 for most adults.
The 8 benefits of Vitamin D:
- Reduces cancer cell growth
- Reduces inflammation
- Controls infections
- Fights diseases
- Regulates mood and reduces depression
- Supports weight loss
- Strengthens muscles and bones
- Prevents Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
IV therapy can help in all sorts of ways, but one thing it can really help with is energy. Loved by A-listers like Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and even the all-natural Goop boss, Gwyneth Paltrow, IV therapy can improve issues ranging from skin, mood, to energy levels.
With a selection of six drips, you’ll find one just right for you at Vancouver’s favourite clinics, Vancouver Laser and RMEDY Aesthetics. Many opt for the wellness and vita-works drips during the flu season, but the most renowned drip has got to be The Royal IV.
With its blend of premium ingredients, the Royal drip can boost your immune system and energy levels almost instantly.
Not only that, but Vancouver Laser has launched an anti-aging NAD+ IV recently, and it’s been all the hype in Hollywood and the world of medical aesthetics. Scientists and experts have shown that NAD+ boosts can rejuvenate old cells, producing positive effects against aging and various age-related diseases.
The 5 Benefits of NAD+
- Aids in weight management
- Reduces the risk of chronic illness & inflammation
- Supports cognitive function
- Improves metabolic health
- Boosts muscle recovery
3. Eat High-Energy Foods
Opt for foods that naturally boost energy, which are foods like oily fish, oatmeal, whole grains, nuts, eggs, and vegetables.
On top of that, avoid eating too much food during lunch. When you overeat, your body refocuses the energy to digestion, making you sluggish and unproductive. And of course, avoid foods that increase fatigue like junk food, pastries, and highly processed foods.
4. Motion is Lotion – Let’s Get Moving!
Keep moving! We all know that regular exercise is one of the best ways to boost your mood. If you’re tired, we understand that exercising can be a big ask.
But exercising releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller and “feel-good” hormones. Plus, staying active will ensure that you sleep like a baby at night. Exercise has so many benefits, not only will you look better, you’ll also feel better.
5. Get That Sunlight!
We know it’s probably dark out by the time you leave the office, and sunlight is scarce in the winter seasons. But just leaving the curtains open and sitting by the window can help.
If not, make sure you go for a walk at lunch!
Talk to us. We can help.
This winter, don’t settle for fatigue.