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Natural ways to deter the winter blues without medical drugs Natural ways to deter the winter blues without medical drugs
Winter for many means cold dark mornings followed by overcast cold days leading to cold and dark nights.  This alone is enough to drive... Natural ways to deter the winter blues without medical drugs
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Many believe that with medication they can count and depend on staying in a cheery mood but sadly there is a price to pay

Winter for many means cold dark mornings followed by overcast cold days leading to cold and dark nights.  This alone is enough to drive anyone into a fit of depression and with the added stress of the average workday this can lead to depression and the continued cycle that it entails.  Many believe that with medication they can count and depend on staying in a cheery mood but sadly there is a price to pay for today’s drugs and its side effects on our bodies.   Of course the natural way is the way to go and the more you can get the better off you will be.

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A self test will suffice enough to see if you are unknowingly suffering from depression check to see if you have:

  •  difficulty in concentration
  • irritability and change in appetite
  • feelings of hopelessness
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  • ongoing fatigue
  • not wanting to get out of bed in the morning
  • increasing sadness and or anxiety
  • no ability to feel ordinary pleasure
  • a reduced sex drive

Of course the amount of vitamin D that you ingest during your average meal and snack will have a lot to do with how you feel overall and many winter blues spells are basically due to a deficiency of this ever so important vitamin.

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Luckily for us vitamin D is more readily available from the sun which is given to us in its most powerful form.  The way it works is easy, this vitamin is absorbed through our skin which immediately triggers the release of serotonin in our brains and as we all well know serotonin is what is generally called the “happy hormone” and plays an important role in the production of dopamine which is a natural mood enhancing transmitter which in the end makes us feel good and happy.  Foods that contain wonderful sources of vitamin D are:

  • salmon
  • organic eggs
  • cod liver oil
  • mackerel

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Try these simple suggestions and force yourself not to hibernate throughout this winter and you will be just fine.  Any type of exercise will also do the trick and by making your exercises fun like dancing for an hour or jumping rope you will be aiding yourself greatly and best of all always good in good spirits.

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