Are you affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?

  As we move into the longer and darker days of winter ahead, many North Americans find themselves feeling a decline in mood, energy, motivation and overall vitality.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not a rare disorder.  In fact, SAD affects 1 in 3 North Americans, while many more likely feel some symptoms of SAD without recognizing it.  The medical definition of SAD is: symptoms of depression coinciding with seasons of shorter days and less sunlight. This is blamed on the so-called biological internal clocks, or circadian rhythm, and it is said that SAD sufferers are more likely to be women and younger persons. Other symptoms include a craving for sugary foods, such as sweets, candies, and refined carbohydrates.  While one of the best overall therapies is to get into a climate that offers more sunshine exposure, moving to California for the winters is obviously not viable to the entire population.  Below are additional options that provide 'Safe and Effective Natural Treatments to Prevent & Treat SAD':

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Top 5 Ways to Reduce Inches from Your Waistline

The battle of the bulge is forever an issue for a growing number of North Americans, and statistically it is getting worse.  Aside from looking good in your bikini or that borat speedo you’ve been itching to try on, keeping weight in an optimal range is critical in helping to reduce the risk of many chronic illnesses plaguing developed nations today.   While there is a plethora of self-help books/DVDs/webinars/programs, etc offering hope and promise to lose those extra pounds, the fact of matter is THERE IS NO ‘ONE SIZE FITS ALL SUSTAINABLE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM’ for the masses.  But wait!  Before you hang your head in defeat and reach for that bag of chips – give me a moment to explain how there is still hope…  We all have the capability of optimizing our body composition and getting back in shape.  It is imperative that we address each individual’s biochemical differences and obstacles in order to achieve efficient, healthy and sustainable results.  Asides from core essentials such as achieving adequate exercise and reducing refined sugars in our diet, there are some additional starting points to help you reach your goal of optimal body composition.  Below are my ‘Top 5 ways to Reduce Inches from your Waistline’ :

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Want to postpone your expiration date?

As we move further into the 21st century, people are living longer than their ancestors. According to the Administration on Aging (a division of the Department of Health and Human Services), North Americans reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.8 years (20.0 years for females and 17.3 years for males). In comparison, the average life expectancy for Americans in 1960 was 73 years. As the aging population grows, the medical community becomes more involved in the science of aging and more adept at treating and helping to prevent various conditions. As I've always maintained - it's not about anti-aging, rather optimal-aging. Let's work with our bodies and optimize the capability to live as long with as high quality of living as possible.

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Leaky Gut Syndrome – The Silent Killer

I beg your pardon, my WHAT is leaking??  No, this is not what it sounds like.  In fact you can leave the adult diapers at home, you will be OK.

Rather, Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a more subtle, yet ever increasing issue that is being linked to more and more chronic health conditions, many of which are even life threatening. LGS is not generally recognized by conventional physicians, but evidence is accumulating that it is a real condition that affects the lining of the intestines. The theory is that leaky gut syndrome (also called increased intestinal permeability), is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment as well as to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances.

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Are You Getting Enough Fat?

Our relationship with fats over the years has been a complicated affair. We've all been told we can't live with them, but it's the "can't live without them" part that causes the most confusion. The more scientists discover about fats, the more complex the relationship becomes. Ever-changing news on fats -- which ones are good and which ones are bad -- makes it a challenge to figure out what's healthy for active people and what's not.  Some people try to eliminate fats from their diet altogether. But that's not the answer to obtaining optimal health. In fact, quite the opposite is true.  According to recent research published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, those eating GOOD fats are bound to live a longer and higher quality of life than those sticking to a low fat diet. Are you getting enough fat? If you're sick of trying tasteless low-fat recipes with some of your favorite foods, you may be relieved to learn that our bodies need nutritious and fatty foods as an essential part of our diet.

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