The HealthStyle File- Beating the Winter Blues-Naturally

What-the symptoms:

  • Fatigue.
  • Feeling like you just can’t wake up.
  • Cravings for sugar, caffeine and pastries.
  • Moodiness and depression.

Why it happens:

  • Lack of light and daylight hours.
  • Lack of “bright light.”
  • Not enough light; so not enough melatonin-lack of good sleep.
  • Too much sugar, white flour, caffeine, and processed foods.

How-to help your body feel better:

  • Eat less sugar, caffeine, and white flour.
  • Eat more fat!  Ex: salmon, cod liver oil, mackerel, tuna, and avocado.
  • Exercise more often, even small amounts can help.
  • Supplement w/ vitamin C.
  • Eat more zinc foods-pumpkin seeds, eggs, lentils, oysters.
  • Full spectrum lighting.
  • Fake sunshine-eat more vitamin D rich foods. Ex: cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna, milk, cheese and cereals.
  • Good multi vitamin, daily w/200 iu of vitamin D.

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