(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, March 10th, make sure you're starting off the spring months with your healthiest, best foot forward.
The change in weather, the longer hours of sunlight, the additional layers you'll be leaving at home after months of freezing temperatures - these are all ominous signs that spring is finally approaching and energy levels are shifting. The warmer temperatures are bringing about the change in seasons, making us want to head outside after a long winter filled with hibernating, unnecessary snacking and avoidance of the gym.
1. Get your daily dose of Vitamin D.
The connection between mood disorders and vitamin D deficiency is well-established. A study at the University of Newcastle in Australia tested the effects of supplemental vitamin D intake versus a placebo in a group of healthy subjects in late winter. The subjects receiving vitamin D had a dramatic improvement in mood scores versus the placebo group.
"The two best ways to get the vitamin D you need are to get adequate sun exposure (15-30 min per day) or to take a good vitamin D supplement," says Dr. John Cuomo.
One to try: USANA's Vitamin D supplement; www.usana.com
2. Incorporate fitness into your daily regimen.
The National Sleep Foundation recently released reports that increasing regular exercise levels will lead to a better night's sleep and providing long-term health benefits to the body. Countless other health authorities recommend incorporating fitness into your routines.
One to try: Celsius www.celsius.com to get you energized and motivated before your workout.
3. Up your zinc intake to prevent energy drain and stave off that winter cold.
According to a study published in the American Society for Microbiology , zinc gluconate lozenges were tested in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial as a possible treatment for common colds. Zinc lozenges were found to shorten the average duration of common colds by about 7 days and up energy levels significantly.
4. Stay focused
According to The American Nutrition Association, including essential amino acid L-tryptophan into the body has been found to play a critical role in optimal mental activity, increasing focus, altering mood, maintaining good sleep and regulating food intake.
One to try: Girl Uninterrupted, an all-natural approach for women to gain tryptophanwww.girlu.com
5. Add 30 minutes of activity to your day.
The American Heart Association, as well as countless other health authorities, recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week for a total of 1.5 hours of exercise per week. That's only 1.33% of your total week!
A program to try: Daily Burn, www.dailyburn.com
6. Take a ten minute time out
According to Dr. David Sack, MD. Addiction Psychiatrist and CEO of Promises Treatment Center, taking a ten minute time out can free your mind and prevent your mind from getting fatigued.
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