Stay Happy and Healthy During AGE Season

shutterstock_114708139..With Halloween just a few weeks around the corner, people are gearing up for the holiday season. If there is one thing the season is guaranteed to include, it’s stress. “Seasonal Affective Disorder”—or “SAD” as it’s commonly known—affects hundreds of thousands of people every year. While SAD is technically caused by a Vitamin D deficiency (as sun exposure goes down during the colder months), it is also a product of the financial stress, lack of exercise, and excess sugar consumption that commonly accompany the holiday season.

Check out some of the ways that sugar can affect your mood, according to the International Bipolar Foundation:

  • Sugar releases opioids and dopamine, causing emotional highs and lows.
  • Refined sugar causes the release of cytokines, which strongly correlate with depression.
  • A reaction called “reactive hypoglycemia,” commonly referred to as a “sugar crash,” causes bodily stress.
  • Sugar weakens your immune system, making you feel crappier. People get sick more often during the holiday season as it is—the immune system needs to be in tip-top shape to fight off the cold-season germs.

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From Halloween sweeties to Christmas pie, the holiday season is jam-packed with opportunities to increase your AGE count. As yummy as holiday treats are, increasing your AGE count can lead to dull, wrinkled skin and a slew of ailments, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, atherosclerosis, and mental illness.

There are tons of tips for avoiding sugar consumption over the holiday season. We really like this article on BeMore! Magazine. Be mindful of the sugar you’re eating this season for healthier, happier holidays!


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