Can The Weather Cause Constipation?

depression and Constipation

When are we happiest? On a sunny tropical Island or in a cold dark city? I know, stupid question, you’d opt for the hot and sunny island.

During the winter months I get many people complain to me about constipation. This could be coincidence or down to many other factors such as you exercise less because it’s cold outside or drinking all of those festive Peppermint lattes from Starbucks (too much sugar, too much milk). However another factor can be linked to the weather it’s self. During the winter months a least 12 million people across Northern Europe are affected by SAD (Seasonal affective disorder)  also know as ‘winter depression’ and most commonly affects in women.

What Is SAD?

SAD occurs when you don’t get enough exposure to natural sunlight. In the UK days are shorter and nights are longer. This affects the production of Vitamin D and as a result affects hormone levels in the body specifically serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for mood, appetite, sleep and in this case motility of the bowel. Therefore if we are getting less vitamin D from sunlight, serotonin (9o% of which is produced in the gut) production is down resulting in a slow gut and one of the main symptoms is constipation.

Now, I’m not saying you have SAD you may be pretty happy day to day but lack of vitamin D could be showing by throwing your bowel habits off.

How do I increase my Vitamin D without sunlight?

The most simple way is to just take a Vitamin D supplement which you can find at many health stores, or:

  • Fatty fish
  • Canned Tuna
  • Egg Yolks
  • Cos Liver oil
  • SAD specific lamps / Ultra Violet Lamps

So there you have it, this could be the reason for your reason bout of constipation. Stay happy and positive and so will your gut!

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 References

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Seasonal-affective-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serotonin

http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/the-benefits-of-vitamin-d-why-its-the-sexiest-vitamin-around/

Please note:

Please remember I'm not a doctor of any kind and the information on this site is advisory only, you must always consult a qualified physician prior to dramatic lifestyle changes or if you have any cause for concern about your own well-being.

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