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Push through winter blues to keep fitness plan on track

WEEKEND WORKOUT: Choosing to get fit and healthy is a big step for many people and it is often started with a goal in mind. Goals differ depending on the individual. For some people it can be to get fit and lose weight for health benefits or just to fit into an outfit for a […]

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Feeling the winter blues? Try these feel good tips to see them off

FEELGOOD FOODS There are numerous foods linked with enhancing mood, the most famous, of course being chocolate. Dark chocolate, in particular, is high in the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is one of 10 essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. It serves as a precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate […]

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Does summer make you depressed?

Here’s a brief reminder not to assume everyone experiences the world the same way you do: Though you may be pumped for the sunshine-y days of summer ahead, there’s a small minority for whom summer is depressing. Seasonal affective disorder, something we typically associate with winter, happens to some people in the summer. Like its […]

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Eat well to stay healthy during winter

The wisdom “Let food be thy medicine” dates back almost 3000 years, and the importance of this statement is no less important now than it was then. Food has the ability to help support us through these times when common winter illnesses such as colds and flus, sniffles, coughs, chapped skin and the winter blues […]

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Brain Scans Show Cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). People with Sad have an unhelpful way of controlling the “happy” brain signaling compound serotonin during winter months, brain scans reveal. As the nights draw in, production of a transporter protein ramps up […]

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