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Light Therapy Can Help Banish Seasonal Depression

joseyWaterSAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a disease that causes depression during the winter months. It is now clinically proven to boost mood and energy and fight winter blues in as little as 20 minutes a day by sitting in front of a super bright 10,000-lux intensity blue light. Serotonin in the brain is raised with exposure to the light and is lowered when there is not enough sun exposure.

Depression affects over 15 million Americans every year and sadly, the tenth leading cause of death in the United States is suicide.  🙁

To use light therapy you simply set the light a few feet in front of you while you’re on the computer or reading the newspaper.

Light therapy is proven to banish SAD symptoms, such as:

  • depression
  • insomnia
  • low energy
  • anxiety
  • decreased sex drive
  • carb cravings

Light therapy’s other medical uses (according to Wikipedia) include:

  • Skin conditions
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Cancer
  • Wound healing
  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders
  • Non-seasonal depression
  • Chronic CRSD
  • Neonatal jaundice

Blue Light is also being studied for treatment of:

  • eating disorder bulimia
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • jet lag
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • dementia


To find blue lights on the internet click here.


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