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Natural Winter Energy Boosters...

February 17th 2015
By: Melanie

January and February are the months when most of us would just like to hibernate until the first signs of spring in March. 'Blue Monday' takes place on either the third or fourth Monday in January each year, which is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Closely followed by the first Monday of February when approximately 375,000 people called in sick in 2014, costing the UK economy a staggering £34 million in lost productivity according to the The Independent newspaper.

One of the main reasons why we feel down at this time of year is that our bodies are battling against illness, short days and the cold.  So here are few ways in which you can give your body a natural boost this winter:

* Add red fruits, such as raspberries, black berries to your meals, as a topping to cereal or yogurt as these are packed full of vitamin C.

* If you are feeling exceptionally tired, you might be lacking in Magnesium, add extra leafy vegetables to your plate such as kale, spinach and broccoli.

* Try avoiding high-cafeine drinks such as coffee and tea, or keep to one or two a day as these can strip out Iron from our bodies, especially in men. Iron rich foods are red meat, spinach, sardines, liver and many more.

* Lack of sunlight often leaves us short on Vitamin D at this time of year, so to give your body a boost try and eat more fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel. You will find that some dairy products also contain fortified vitamin D, such as diary products, soy milk and orange juice, as well as beef liver.