Ever heard of the expression “feeling blue”? Well, it might surprise you that this expression originated from when a ship would fly a blue flag to display an officer or captain had perished on board. Over time, the expression “feeling blue” has evolved into meaning feeling down, sad, or even downright depressed.

Depression affects about 16.2 million adults in the United States—equaling 6.7 percent of all adults in the country. There are many pharmaceutical drugs that we can turn to that treat depression but should we? They rely on boosting a brain chemical called serotonin. Serotonin influences mood, appetite, and sleep. These drugs are known as SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors). Some side effects of these can include drowsiness, nausea, and insomnia. These unwanted effects might possibly be worse than the depression itself!

natural approach shows much promise…personalized nutrition and appropriate exercise.

Turns out, regular exercise helps ease depression by releasing endorphins by taking your mind off your worries and boosting self-confidence. Along with exercise, a personalized nutritional program can and will help with depression.

Are you suffering or know someone who is suffering from depression, feeling blue, or even a little “off” this holiday season? Let us help…call today to make your appointment and enter into the New Year, a New YOU!!

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