Q. I have a terrible case of the “Winter Blues”. What can I do nutritionally?
A. You are not alone. Many individuals find our shorter and colder Canadian winter’s take a toll on their energy and moods. Fortunately, specific nutrition can help people go through the winter blues with less stress. There are certain nutritional vitamins in food and supplements that help balance certain hormones like cortisol (stress hormones) and serotonin (brain chemical) which can affect feelings of depression, lethargy, and lack of motivation that can interfere with daily activities.
Getting enough vitamin D from sunlight is important. Since we don’t get a lot of sunshine in the winter up here in Canada, a vitamin D supplement is recommended. Taken with a meal, a dose of 1,000 to 2000 IU daily is important. Vitamin B12 and folic acid are two other important nutrients that have been reported to help with moods, energy and stress. As with vitamin D supplements, you should consult with a nutritionist to determine the proper dosages for you and to address any deficiencies in your diet.
Maria Licandro R.N.C.P
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth – the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help open that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would come his way.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.