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Winter Blues?

Some people suffer from the winter blues and fall into a depressed mood each year from fall to early spring. Symptoms include: increased lethargy, difficulty waking up, incorrectly blaming oneself for things that go wrong, difficulty performing tasks that normally seem easy and enjoyable, and an increased craving for carbohydrates.
The winter blues are mainly caused by unstable melatonin and serotonin levels. The former is a hormone produced during sleep and the latter, a neurotransmitter responsible for mood, hunger, and sleep. As the days become shorter and the hours of sunlight decrease, sufferers of the winter blues experience changes in their mood, energy level and ability to concentrate. Although the winter blues are not as severe as long-term depression, they can change the way a person thinks, reacts, and deals with everyday challenges. Some ways to combat these feelings are through exercise and diet. Exercise will improve mood and may reduce stress which often exacerbates feelings of depression brought on by the winter blues. Instead of trying to raise your serotonin levels with simple carbohydrates found in junk food and soda, consume complex carbohydratesincluding fruits and vegetable and avoid those quick-fix sugar highs.

Some evidence suggests that particular vitamins can help decrease these feelingsThe B-complex vitamins are essential to mental and emotional well being.They cannot be stored in our bodies, so we depend entirely on out diet to supplement them. B vitamins are destroyed by alcohol, refined sugars, nicotine and caffeine so it is no surprise that many people may be deficient in these,especially during holidays when we eat more sweets and drink more alcohol. B-complexvitamins are coenzymes involved in energy production, and may be useful in alleviating depression or anxiety. Here are some examples of where to find them:
Thiamine (Vitamin B1): found in tuna, sunflower seeds, black beans and yellow corn
Niacin (Vitamin B3): found in chicken, tuna, salmon and mushrooms
Pyridonxine (Vitamin B6): found in bell peppers, spinach, bananas and tunaVitamin B12: i found in scallops, clams, oysters, crab and yogurt

Folic Acid: found in dark green leafy vegetables internet five bookmarking apps that keep you organized alex arena on june 12th 2012 https://topspying.com/ tweet bookmarks, delicious, pinboard somewhere in the course of internet history, along with the decline of del

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