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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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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 Sleep Hygiene and Health is everywhere this January, and that’s no surprise. Last years’ 2017 Nobel prize winners for medicine was for a ground-breaking study into the effects of sleep and our circadian rhythm. 

What the studies concluded (in its most simplistic form!) was that that the body works on a 24-hour cycle, and if you don’t give it enough sleep, your metabolism and hormone levels get thrown out of whack. This can have detrimental effects on your weight, energy, mood and immune system.

So with this in mind, I have written up my SIX SLEEP HACKS to help you get the best out of your nighttime slumber this year.

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