By Andrew Greeley
Counting down the days to warmer months can feel like a rat-race. An estimated one in every 30 Americans suffers from some varying degree of Seasonal Affective Disorder, affecting females at a much higher rate than men. The disorder’s prevalence has been observed in families meaning it may have genetic origin and is more common in individuals with preexisting depressive disorders. As we plod across the halfway point of winter, we can start to see the light at the end of the igloo. Vitamin D, exercise, and Natur-Tyme events can help you get through!
Vitamin D supplementation in the winter is imperative, especially if your mood and energy takes the brunt. If exercise could be capsulated and only taken three to four times a week, it would fly off the shelves and improve the lives of anyone who took it. Unfortunately, we as humans, have evolved from primitive nomads into multi-tasking, technologically-dependant cyborgs, whom have over-looked the importance of physical movement. As Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Natur-Tyme is revamping this ancient philosophy into a practical lifestyle in a bi-weekly lecture series in Natur-tyme’s community room, titled “90 Days to the Best You.” This year’s program has received such a positive response that all availability has been filled, but I strongly encourage those interested in a healthier lifestyle to stay informed of all of our health-inspiring events by following the newsletter and signing up for upcoming programs and community room events.