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10 Ways to Beat Winter Blues

10 Ways to Beat Winter Blues

1.) Exercise

Exercise can provide positive health and psychological benefits to help attack the blues including:

  • Decreased Blood Pressure
  • Increased weight loss
  • Decreased abdominal fat
  • Decreased insulin resistance
  • Boosting Self Esteem
  • Boosting Confidence
  • Boosting your mood

2.) Limit Caffeine Consumption

  • Drinking too much caffeine can leave you feeling down by the end of the day and may disrupt sleeping patterns.
  • Try substituting caffeinated drinks with decaffeinated herbal teas, hot cider and decaffeinated coffee to stay warm during the winter months

3.) See the Light

  • Sunlight may help to increase production of the mood enhancing neurotransmitter Serotonin
  • Sunlight also helps increase Vitamin D concentration in the body which is required for the absorption of Calcium.
  • Calcium is an essential to maintaining total body health and is necessary for maintaining bone strength.
  • In addition, calcium is used during muscle contractions, blood clotting and maintenance of cell membranes.

4.) Maintain a Balanced Diet

Try to maximize consumption of the following foods:

  • Low fat meats (chicken, fish and lean beef)
  • Low fat dairy products (1% or skim milk, low fat yogurts)
  • Whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat breads & pasta)
  • Fruits (citrus fruits, dates, apples)
  • Vegetables (Brussel sprouts, lettuce, turnips)

5.) Paint a rainbow on your plate

Be sure to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables each day to maintain optimal nutrition

Paint your plate with these colourful fruits and vegetables;

  • apples, cherries, tomatoes, beets,
  • oranges, tangerines, squash, carrots
  • bananas, lemons, corn, yellow potatoes
  • limes, kiwi, collards, lettuce
  • blueberries, plums, eggplant
  • grapes, blackberries, purple cabbage

6.) Laugh

Laughter can help to decrease stress hormone levels and lighten mood if done often

7.) Limit alcohol consumption

Limit your alcohol consumption to no more than 1 alcoholic beverage for women and 2 for men.

Consuming amounts above this limit can have negative health implications and leave you feeling blue!

8.) Stay Hydrated

  • Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day
  • Drinking water helps to keep skin glowing and healthy
  • Drinking water aids in the removal of toxins and waste from the body

TIP: Try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your water for increased flavour

9.) Stretch

Stretching daily will provide the following physical and psychological benefits to help beat the blues:

♥ Lengthen Muscles

♥Prevent Injury

♥Increased Mental and Physical Relaxation

♥Increased Energy!!!

♥Decreased Muscular Soreness after Exercise

10.) Catch some Z Z Z Z’s

Getting a good night’s sleep is nutrition for the brain!

Adequate sleep will result in:

  • Increased concentration
  • Better performance at work
  • Increased immune function
  • Increased energy
  • Serve as a mood booster

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