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Beating the Blahs

It seems that Vitamin D is the new miracle cure for the doldrums, depression, lack of productivity, and ending war and poverty.

Seriously though, there's a lot of hype about Vitamin D. Does it live up to all the fanfare? Let's take a look at the research.

WebMD calls Vitamin D the "sunshine vitamin." This vitamin is known for improving bone density, increasing energy and lessening the effects of S.A.D. If we're exposed to UV rays for 10-15 minutes a day, we can get enough Vitamin D without taking a supplement. Easy for them to say, they don't live in Oregon! Read the complete article here.

In climates with fewer rays, a supplement of Vitamin D3 is often suggested to mimic the results of exposure to UV Rays. Local stores like www.EvergreenNutrition.com have organic options available that do not contain harmful fillers. Vitamin D has also been linked to balancing hormones as it is a hormone itself. In cases where you aren't sure of the right compound to take, seek out your doctor or a professional at a local apothecary such as www.BroadwayApothecary.com.

Productivity is also affected by a lack of Vitamin D for workers. This is especially true for the majority of us who work inside under fluorescent lighting and dark cubicles. Many workplaces are considering and implementing strategies to combat the lack of Vitamin D during the fall and winter months by creating Workplace Wellness plans. These plans often include exercise incentives, information about anti-oxidants, and preventive measures such as taking vitamin supplements. Take a look at this article from Corporate Wellness Magazine for more ideas.

Here are a few more tips to beating the blahs and keeping your confidence and productivity up:

  • Drink plenty of water. Water is known to stave off fatigue allowing you to get more done in the day. Plus, it keeps your skin and hair healthy too! http://www.shapefit.com/water-benefits.html
  • Exercise a little bit each day. Even taking a 5 minute stretch break at your desk can be beneficial and help you stay alert. Here are a few examples: http://www.shelterpub.com/_fitness/_desk_stretches/stretches_graphic.html
  • Treat yourself to something decadent. Whether it's a 4-dollar-latte, a massage, or a make-over, doing something nice for ourselves is a huge pick-me-up. Learn ways to pamper yourself here: www.marykay.com/rkelley1
  • Eat foods that give you energy. Avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar as they give you a temporary boost but end with a crash. Get a few ideas here: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/quick_healthy_snack_...
  • Take your Vitamin D3. All those doctors can't be wrong!

For more suggestions on how to beat the blahs and up productivity check out this site: http://www.ehow.com/how_2159825_beat-winter-blahs.html


And remember, it's OK to take care of ourselves once in a while. We have to fill up our own cup before we can fill up the cups of others.


Wishing you a happier and more beautiful day,


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Rebecca Kelley
Mary Kay Consultant
Building my future for 21 years
(541) 689-0585
www.marykay.com/rkelley1


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