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In the winter months we often feel down, especially if the sun isn’t shining! This can be for many reasons. We miss the warm weather; we can’t get out for walks; we can’t get away for a vacation at this time; it’s too cold; too many bills to pay! One of the main reasons for feeling blue in the winter is lack of vitamin D – from the sun.

What Can Help

Get some exercise. If you don’t belong to a gym, walk in malls. Do some stretches every day. Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.

Some depression boosting nutrients:

  • Vitamin D. Ask your doctor for a Vitamin D, 25 Hydroxy test to determine your vitamin D stores. If they are low, you need to add more vitamin D3 to your diet in supplement form or sunshine.
  • B12 and folic acid. B12 levels can be tested by your doctor. This nutrient is important to mental health.
  • B Complex. If you’re tired, you could be low in B vitamins.
  • Fish oils (capsules or liquid). Quality brands include Nordic Naturals, Nutrasea, Carlson. Those looking for extra mental boosts, look for those formulas with much higher EPA to DHA on the list of ingredients.
  • St. Johns Wort – liquid or homeopathic preparations. Contra indicated if on depression medication, otherwise, it’s a great booster to mood.

Check with your doctor, naturopath or nutritionist for nutrients and dosages suited for you. One good site I recommend is www.doctoryourself.com. Hope to see you smiling soon.