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With the holidays come and gone and spring still a month away, it can be hard not to let the weariness of winter take its toll. The chilly weather, short days, and colds and coughs that just don’t seem to quit are all reason enough to feel down.  You feel it, too? Sigh. Looks like we both have a case of the winter blues.

Winter can be  challenging for many people, particularly those that live further north. Low light conditions, combined with much of our time being spent indoors can compound any sensations or symptoms associated with this challenging season. Scientists believe the cause for winter blues is the drop in sunlight that occurs during winter months, which can mess with the settings on our biological clocks (presumably the snooze button). All we know for sure is that it’s common, and that it tends to make us very crabby.

Not to worry, though. There are a number of solutions for winter blues, many of them easier than you might think. Solution number one is a no-brainer. Because the issue is linked to a lack of sunlight, exposing yourself to as much sunlight as possible is a good idea.  Even something as simple as taking your lunch break outside can lead to improvements in the way you feel. In fact, you can make several lifestyle adjustments that can help you beat the blues. Eating a healthy diet and getting some exercise can greatly help manage symptoms. It’s also equally important to keep yourself hydrated, drinking six to eight glasses of water per day.  The winter season is tough on the body overall. The better you take care of it, the better off you’ll be.

Of course, winter blues can hit some people harder than others. If diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes alone don’t help, consider taking supplements. You’ll find no shortage of options to choose from. Vitamin C Gold by NutriGold is a great choice. It’s one of the few Vitamin C supplements that’s Non-GMO Project Verified, which means you can be confident that it was manufactured using best practices for GMO avoidance. It’s also whole-food, USDA certified organic, and free of  potentially harmful additives like magnesium stearate. Above all, Vitamin C Gold is not made from genetically modified synthetic ascorbic acid, but instead from whole-food fruits and berries. Over 90% of Vitamin C supplements are made from synthetic ascorbic acid, and many people do not realize that ascorbic acid is manufactured from genetically modified corn.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. Why is this significant, you ask? Well, this relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Also, GMO ingredients like ascorbic acid have a higher risk of being contaminated by pesticides and other chemicals. Their use poses a threat to the environment, interfering with natural ecosystems and killing off pollinators like birds, bees, and butterflies. That said, we suggest playing it safe this season and using a whole-food Vitamin C supplement that provides all the goodness you need to beat the blues.

Whatever method you use to ditch the winter blues, you can expect your days to feel less dreary, and you’ll have more energy to do the things you love. Sure, it’s gloomy out there in the cold. But that shouldn’t stop you from living life to the fullest. Whether it be skiing, sharing some hot chocolate with friends, or just curling up by the fire with a good book, the winter season offers lots of fun things to do. So let’s get out there and kick the winter blues for good!

 

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