Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Surviving the Cold with Natural Solutions

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Survive it with Natural Solutions!
For a lot of us the dead of winter can mean one thing- EXTREME COLD! It can start to feel like we are living in a tundra of never-ending cold weather. It can bring on a slew of experiences that are far less enjoyable than skiing, building snowmen, and snowmobiling. That's right it can bring on many nasty things- like the flu, colds, mood swings, depression and much, much more. Here at Natural Solutions we have gathered a few articles that can help you to survive the dead of winter.
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Immunity Superstars: The 10 Best Foods to Fight Off Colds and Flu
Diet is a crucial piece of the immunity puzzle. "Eating the right foods helps your immune system function optimally and makes you more resistant to infection," says Jennifer Johnson, ND, clinical professor at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Here are the 10 powerhouse foods that will help you stay strong and sniffle-free all winter.
No More SAD
Every winter, thousands are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a depressive mood condition that sets in during the dark, winter months and lifts in the spring. SAD symptoms include persistent sadness, anxiety, lethargy, lack of sleep, diminished sex drive, and increased appetite. The condition affects more women than men and is more prevalent in the northern latitudes of the US, where winter days are significantly shorter. You can help alleviate the symptoms of SAD by taking these few simple steps.
Cold School
You thought you'd be safe from cold and flu season this year. You ate your immune-boosting sweet potatoes, got plenty of sleep, and hit the echinacea at the first sign of a scratchy throat. But it's called the common cold for a reason: The National Institutes of Health report that more than 200 viruses cause colds and 1 billion colds strike people every year in the US. No matter how healthy your habits, chances are the sniffles and sneezes will catch you. But over-the-counter drugs can be bad medicine. Tis The Season For The Sniffles. Bone Up With Our Feel-Better-Fast Cheat Sheet.
Black Bean Soft Tacos
Here at Natural Solutions we are looking forward to summer (yes, already!) and we can't help but think about "summery foods." Here is a delicious recipe for tacos that would be great for a fun gathering! Check them out!

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