Author: Dr. Quinte Naturopathic Centre on 21 January 2014
Want to prevent a slump into the January blues? Here are some simple tips to help:
1. You are what you eat. In a new study by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, women whose diet includes more foods that trigger inflammation—like sugar-sweetened or diet soft drinks, refined grains, red meat, and margarine—and fewer foods that restrain inflammation—like wine, coffee, olive oil, and green leafy and yellow vegetables—have up to a 41% greater risk of being diagnosed with depression than those who eat mostly the less inflammatory diet. To help get you on the right track, try out the Eat Real Food Bootcamp. This program is designed to get you eating foods that reduce inflammation and away from the foods that increase it.
2. Get yourself some of the sunshine vitamin. Researchers from the University of Toronto noticed that people who were suffering from depression, particularly those with SAD (seasonal affective disorder), tended to improve as their levels of vitamin D in the body increased over the course of a year. Some studies suggest that as many as 7 out of 10 people don’t get enough of this “sunshine vitamin”—particularly during winter. Try our liquid Vitamin D drops for easy absorption or Vitamin D in convenient capsules.
3. Heat up your icy mood with hot yoga. When it’s cold outside what feels better than some soothing heat? Practicing yoga in a heated room increases your pulse rate and metabolism, allowing your blood vessels and muscles to become more flexible. Extend this to mental/emotional benefits and it helps develop flexibility and strength in the face of adversity and obstacles in life.
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