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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) occurs when depression-related symptoms that appear to be directly related to low levels of sun and daylight are experienced. SAD is far more likely to affect people living in the northern and southern hemispheres during September to April, especially November to February. Research studies have demonstrated those living nearer the equator very rarely report symptoms of SAD. What are the symptoms to look out for?If you  regularly experience a number of the following, specific to the darker months, you may be suffering from SAD: lack of energy mood swings cravings and overeating problems sleeping depression anxiousness irritability increased alcohol or drug use...

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There are various causes and symptoms of the body becoming dehydrated. What Causes Dehydration?Dehydration can occur when water intake is less than water loss. Some common causes can be: elevated blood sugar levels – in diabetics or those eating too many processed and sugary foods stress diuretics – tea, coffee, pop, alcohol drugs – including tobacco environmental – air con, pollution, air travel, electrical (VDU, mobiles) sweating – high air temperatures and strenuous exercise diarrhoea vomiting How to Avoid Becoming Dehydrated   drink hydrating fluids regularly throughout the day (1.5 to 2 litres altogether) hydrate before, during and after intense exercise...

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Vitamin D – the ‘sunshine vitamin’ – is a hormone naturally produced from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight.  What can Vitamin D do for my health? Research studies are uncovering new benefits of Vitamin D all the time. There are many known benefits, with some of the main ones being: Bone strength – strengthens bones and helps prevent osteoporosis and the risk of falls for the elderly Physical strength – strengthens the upper and lower limbs Cancer prevention – some studies have highlighted a reduction in the risk of various types of cancer. One study indicated that 1,100IU per day with calcium...

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