4 ways to beat the winter blues

Winter blues can make me irritable, fussy and on edge. Whenever it’s cloudy and overcast, drizzly, raining or gloomy weather, we all tend to get a little depressed. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is actually a clinical condition. It affects mostly women in their 20s, 30s and 40s but can affect men and children as well. Whether you suffer from SAD or not, here are 4 proven ways to beat the winter blues.

Do gin soaked raisins really work?

Gin is flavored with juniper berries and juniper berries contain Terpinen, these chemicals have anti inflammatory properties. Arthritis patients are supposed to eat nine gin soaked raisins every day. The anti-inflammatory chemicals include ascorbic acid, cinnamic acid, coumarin, and myricetin. The pain-relieving chemicals are ferulic acid, gentisic acid, kaempferol-glucosides, and aspirin-like salicylic acid.

Exciting new research on the brain and exercise

Some of the most exciting scientific research of late is on the associative value of exercise and brain activity. We’ve known that there is a beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that it’s not just a relationship; it’s THE relationship.

The best evidence comes from several new studies of lab animals. Until recently, there was little research done to isolate the one particular thing that mattered most as it related to increasing the brainpower of mice.

6 quick questions and answers about coffee

Ah, the coffee controversy! Trying to keep up with the latest medical science on the health benefits, or lack thereof, with drinking coffee is not easy. However, with over 18,000 studies now published we know more now than we used to.

1. Is coffee good for you?
2. Does coffee help you lose weight?

Should you exercise when sick?

DID YOU KNOW?
Each year approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications. Most people who get the flu feel much better within one or two weeks. Most healthy adults can infect others one day before symptoms develop and five to seven days after symptoms appear. What are common complications from the seasonal flu? Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be contagious longer.