We all love the beautiful changing colors fall brings. Unfortunately the leaves aren’t the only thing that start changing in October. As the season cools and leads us inevitably to winter, many people will begin to experience some “changing colors” of their own. According to Dr. Jeffrey Rossman, 10% of people in Northern states suffer from full blown Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) while another 30% ”sub-syndromal SAD”, or a low-grade version of seasonal depression.
SAD is a type of depression that occurs during a change in season, usually fall and winter. SAD sufferers share many of the symptoms those with depression do. These can include a lack of energy, feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite and weight gain, among other symptoms.
If you’re one of the 40% who feels bummed out by colder weather and shorter days, light therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for what ails you. Dr. Rossman recommends getting outside for a walk in the sunshine, but when that isn’t possible, we have the next best thing (and something you’ll probably enjoy even more): SlimXpress now offers full-spectrum light therapy treatment.
Light therapy uses a full spectrum, intense light to help decrease depressive symptoms. The treatment takes place inside our infrared sauna, which means you get not only those glorious rays to lift your spirits, but you also warm your bones In fact, our favorite TV doctor, Dr. Oz, says:
the high temperature [from an infrared sauna] helps lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation. It gets your heart to beat faster, and it burns calories. It raises your metabolism a little bit, and also when you sweat, you sweat out toxins through the skin.
Losing weight while you warm up and soak in full spectrum light…we bet that’ll have you smiling.