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Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:28 pm
by Felipe
I notice I feel more gloom during storms.

Hiking and biking happen less often for me and those are my main forms of exercise-I've only gone hiking once in the past 2 weeks. I've heard of seasonal affective disorder affecting more people in northern climates and this seems to result from less sunlight to some degree. So less exercise coupled with less sunlight seems like it could lead to less warm emotions.

Does anyone else experience this?

Re: Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:10 pm
by scriptbunny
I feel it too. Anytime it's overcast or raining I definitely feel crummy, and seeing as my favorite form of exercise is jogging outside the rain, snow, and biting cold can put a hamper on my physical activity. If I can make it to the gym, that helps a lot. I've heard Vitamin D supplements and sun lamps (for light therapy) are also useful, though I've never tried either.

Re: Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:04 am
by Farm_or
Definitely try vitamin d first.

When I first experienced SAD, I thought it was just a let down from the end of a great cycling season. I tried light therapy, spin class, gym membership, cross country skiing, st John's wort. Nothing really worked. Just endured the heavy black cloud compression.

Years later, discovered it was cheap and simple vitamin d. It doesn't work automatic. You need it at least a day ahead. Now, when the days get short and the sun is behind clouds, I just take a supplement. No more suffering if I stay ahead of it!

Re: Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:18 am
by vexed87
Vitamin D is fat soluble so it is stored within our body fat reserves. Assuming you are consuming enough and/or producing enough during exposure to sunlight in the summer months, you should have sufficient stores to last through the winter. A typical diet plus two weeks of summer sun should be sufficient to replenish stores for a year, except if you continually sit in the shade wrapped in sub blocking clothing!

You can overdose on vitamin D if consumed rather than produced by sun exposure, so be mindful of supplements. It's always less toxic to get vitamins from your diet in a complex matrix rather than in refined tablet form so add mushrooms, and fortified foods like soya milk, cereals, breads or tofu, if you eat animal produce, fish and cheeses are also good sources.

Can't say I have suffered with this, personally, but continue to get outdoors in the day time, and keep up the exercise to improve your mood. Don't let inclement weather keep you from enjoying the great outdoors, if you are prepared with the right clothing nothing can stop you :)

Re: Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:58 am
by Chad
If you are supplementing with vitamin D make sure it's vitamin D3 and you also supplement it with vitamin K-2 (MK7). Without K-2 your body doesn't use vitamin D as well. Neither is very expensive.

Good primer on vitamin D.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc815fQn8iY

I don't see why getting it in fortified foods is better than supplementation, as fortified foods are just foods with supplements added in. These foods are fortified because many of them are just empty calories (cereal). Plus, you don't get to choose the quality and the details of the supplement unless you do it yourself.

Also, most foods, other than certain fish, don't have high natural quantities of vitamin D.

Re: Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:48 pm
by Farm_or
Over the years, I have met at least two other people prone to vitamin d deficiency. Both were over forty. It is not uncommon, but I fear many are victims of pharmaceutical industry because the simple knowledge of vitamin d is not common.

400 mg is the usda recommended daily allowance. Case in point, many dairy products are fortified. It's a sad fact that most of our diet is made of processed ingredients that strips all the vitamins and minerals. Then we have to hope they a fortified back sufficiently.

Re: Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:04 pm
by EMJ
Skin darker than pasty white?
and/or
Live in northern regions?

You may need Vit D.

Re: Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:01 pm
by Riggerjack
Hmm. I am the opposite. I love stormy weather! But being in the Puget Sound, we just get overcast and rain. I live in the land of drizzle and fog.

I've never had SAD problems, but the folks here who have seem to find light therapy helpful. With the LEDs available today, this seems a simple and cheap solution. Just be aware of the enormous difference between typical indoor lighting and daylight levels of light.

Re: Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:04 am
by ducknalddon
EMJ wrote:Skin darker than pasty white?
and/or
Live in northern regions?

You may need Vit D.


There is some quite strong evidence that type-1 diabetes is linked to lack of vitamin D.