Beating the Winter Blues

December 28, 2021 | Mental Health

The short, dark days of winter….for many it means the “winter blues” or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). One of the main reasons for SAD is due to less Vitamin D3 from sunlight. Sunlight is needed for your body to make Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 has been shown to help with many health issues and one of them is depression. And even though D3 is called a vitamin it actually is a steroid hormone and therefore supports other hormones in the body.Another potential cause for “winter blues” is that less sunlight affects our circadian rhythm which is our biological clock that controls brain activity and hormones. When this rhythm is off it can affect sleep and energy.Here are some tips to help beat the blues. 1. Support the body’s Vitamin D3. Besides sunlight, we can get D3 from foods sources and supplementation. Vitamin D3 is primarily found in fish such as salmon, swordfish … Continued

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The (Happier) Side Effects of Yoga

February 17, 2020 | Yoga

My yoga journey began several years ago when classes on VCR tapes and DVD’s were popular for exercise. That’s how I looked at yoga, as a workout, just physical movement and a way to stay in shape. I’ve always had a certain flexibility and strength, and yoga seemed the perfect form of exercise to use this. As time went on, I started attending gym classes instead of exercising exclusively at home. Mostly these were at the YMCA because of our family membership. I started taking more and more classes, and yoga class was always my favorite.  It became a place to fit my needs, without being the only person who felt the need to be bendy and to move slowly, intentionally.Time moved on, and I settled into an office job – two actually! Sitting at a desk for most of the day, with not much movement, my body began to … Continued

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