ARE YOU S.A.D?

SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as “winter depression” because it typically begins to manifest as the days become shorter, and the winter months descend. It is estimated that 24% of the UK population are affected by this disorder! Symptoms can include feeling lethargic, low in mood, irritable, depressed, sleepy and can impact our appetite and cravings. 

So how do we combat SAD as we enter the cosy, yet dark and cold winter months…?

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6 ADAPTOGENS YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE

Adapto-what we hear you say? Yes, I will admit, adaptogens do sound like the name of a group of superheroes straight out of X-men, but these super herbs and plants are nature’s way of giving us mere humans and our bodies, a touch of super-herb support.

You may have heard of adaptogens and their ability to protect our bodies from the harmful effects of stress, whilst also supporting overall health, energy and mood. You might even be keen to add adaptogens to your morning latte, elixir, smoothie or medicinal nightcap, but as a newbie, where do you begin?

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COCONUTTY GRANOLA – GLUTEN & DAIRY FREE

I have been thinking a lot about eating flavours that complement the seasons at the moment. Even if it isn’t sunny outside, incorporating ingredients and textures that match that August mood, kind of brings back a touch of sunshine happiness – even if for a split second.  

Granola is healthy, easy, cheap and customisable – what’s not to love? You can tailor exactly what you want to put in it, choose your crunch/colour and use it as a trail mix kind of snack, to top on your yogurt or paired with your milk of choice.

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Symbiotic Eating – Prebiotic + Probiotic Recipes

When you haven’t been getting enough sleep or eating a healthy diet, have high-stress levels or have been taking antibiotics, it can create an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria in your gut. You might experience gastrointestinal issues, like bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, reflux and indigestion.

This is where probiotic and prebiotic foods can help.

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