Hormone Replacement Therapy may be a way to solve “seasonal depression” & improve your overall quality of life during these harsh winter months. Photo Caption: As winter approaches, you may be experiencing “seasonal depression.” Jiva’s hormone therapy may be a solution. Causes of Seasonal Depression and How to Solve It with Hormone Replacement Therapy As winter approaches, you may be one of the millions of people who experience “seasonal depression,” commonly attributed to the cold and gloomy weather. However, there is a scientific explanation behind this phenomenon. Continue reading to learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder, the causes behind it, and ways to solve it to improve your overall quality of life during these harsh winter months. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that affects people during the winter months when there is less sunlight. It is believed to be caused by a disruption in the body’s circadian rhythm, which regulates sleep, mood, and other bodily functions. Symptoms of SAD can include persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and fatigue, as well as difficulty concentrating, irritability, and changes in appetite and sleep patterns. SAD can also cause physical symptoms such as headaches and joint pain. It is important for people who experience these symptoms to seek medical help, as there are several effective treatments available, including light therapy, talk therapy, medication, and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). What are the potential causes of SAD? Hormones play a vital role in regulating our mood, including dopamine, melatonin, serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin. Serotonin and melatonin are responsible for regulating the body’s circadian rhythm. During the winter, there is a lack of sunlight which results in a decrease in the production of melatonin and, consequently, a decrease in the release of serotonin in the body. The decreased amount of melatonin also results in abnormalities in neurotransmitters in the brain. So, if you are often prone to feeling the “winter blues,” it’s not just in your head, it’s a real biological response to the changing seasons. Solutions for SAD Since hormones have a direct impact on our mood, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a great treatment option for SAD. A safe and effective HRT is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHT), offered at Jiva Med Spa. BHT is an FDA-approved HRT treatment that can naturally replenish hormones that are low or out of balance. Unlike synthetic hormones, BioTe’s bioidentical hormone therapy reduces the risk of negative side effects or reactions. When the treatment is administered, there is a continuous release of hormones throughout the day and night, ensuring more consistent and predictable results. By regulating the hormones that control your bodily functions, BHT can help solve your seasonal depression and restore balance to your body. Hormone Replacement Therapy at Jiva Med Spa Jiva Med Spa can help you tackle Seasonal Affective Disorder this winter through hormone replacement with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHT). Our team of experts will guide you throughout the entire process to ensure you get the best possible results. We start by offering a free consultation to assess your situation and determine your specific needs. Then, we will conduct lab work and review your current hormone levels before beginning the treatment. We will then create a customized treatment plan and supplement regimen based on your labs. 4-6 weeks after your treatment, we will conduct more lab work to ensure everything is optimized and fine-tune your treatment with an HRT boost if required. Interested in a FREE consultation? Consult with our experts at our Columbus (614-421-7546), Dayton (937-705-9430), or Cincinnati (513-834-1770) locations to get started today!