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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.

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With all the treats, sweets, alcohol and overeating, especially at holiday times, many of us feel the affects. Jittery? Upset? Acting impulsively? Are you nauseated, tired, boated? Do you have a pounding heart, heartburn, gas pains and poor digestion? If so, now is a good time to detoxify your body (especially your liver.) It needs help to improve digestion and filter toxins out of your blood.

Nutrition Techniques to go from Fatigue to Fantastic

  • Include many plant foods in your diet, some raw foods at each meal (fruit or vegetables.) Pineapple especially helps digestion.
  • For detoxification, Include salads, whole grains and beans, lentils and peas, However, if you have trouble digestion them, reduce or eliminate.
  • Keep animal protein and dairy products to a minimum – 2 to 3 oz. per meal of fish, poultry or eggs (all organic if possible.)
  • Drink pure water and herbal teas throughout the day such as green tea and peppermint. Keep caffeine to a minimum.
  • Forget deep frying (including French fries.)
  • Stay off sugar, white flour products, and avoid ‘one too many’ drinks.
  • Do not gorge yourself, especially at night.
  • Use healthy oils in moderation, (cold pressed, written on the label of the bottle.) Ground flaxseed helps to reduce inflammation caused by the wrong foods. Use on salads or in yogurt.
  • Vitamins C and B Complex help detoxify alcohol from the body.
  • For some, fresh lemon juice in water can be very cleaning. Use 1/4 of a lemon in a glass of water and drink first thing in the morning.

Your liver will thank you and you’ll feel great.