Are Your Brown Eyes Blue? –natural remedies for the winter blues.

The happy holidays are approaching but some of us get S.A.D.  Did you know that in 2002, Columbia University conducted a study confirming that people with brown eyes suffer more from S.A.D. than those with blue eyes? Apparently blue irises admit more light into the eyeball.   That means that when days get shorter and darker I have an excuse to be tired and cranky. Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is a term first coined by psychiatrist Dr. Norman Rosenthal after he moved from sunny Johannesburg to New York city and sank into a deep depression. He went on to discover that latitude affects your attitude as the incidence of S.A.D. increases the farther people live away from the equator and also that three to four times more women than men suffer from S.A.D. Symptoms associated with S.A.D. are lack of energy, low concentration, sleep problems, anxiety, panic attacks, carb cravings, overeating, and lowered immune function. S.A.D. is treated conventionally with a light box, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and anti-depressant medication.  The medications are supposed to help with mood chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, which helps with brain cell communications, and dopamine, the chemical released during pleasure such as when having sex or eating. What are some more natural ways to prevent or reduce S.A.D symptoms, besides the two activities just mentioned? Crawling under the covers for the next four months is an option, and your family may appreciate it, but when your immunity is at stake it’s a better idea to be proactive.  Heading south for the winter is not available to everyone. So, here are some other...

Healthy Steps to a Better Memory

It has been said that life without memory is no life at all.  We are fascinated by memory.  Our memories define our personal autobiography.  Shared memories are the glue that holds society, groups and families together and form the basis of culture. Drawn from our past, they help us create our future.  We all have memories.  It’s just that sometimes we can’t find where we put them. Anytime we experience real or perceived memory loss it is troubling.  We tend to imagine the worst and are tempted to try the latest fad brain supplement.  Shooting from the hip when it comes to brain biochemistry can lead to random and potentially damaging results. Each new chemical discovery provokes the marketing of a new enticing cognitive enhancement supplement with names like phosphatidylserine, gingko, bacopa, huperzine, and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE).  It boggles the mind. Where to start and what to choose? Here are some tips you could keep in mind, or in your reminder notebook 😊, to help you navigate the path to better cognition. Brain research has shown that stress interferes with the synthesis, storage and transport of memories at the molecular level.  You can minimize memory loss, by reducing your physical, chemical and emotional stress. Get plenty of rest, fun and exercise. Eliminate the toxins in your environment and food supply as best you can. Give your brain a rest from the strain of constant interruptions from cell phones.  Pay attention to the quality of your relationships and release whatever emotional conflicts you are holding onto.  Meditation, regular exercise, yoga, time spent in nature, focused attention and intention, maintaining a positive outlook...