What is the Body Blues?

Dr. Marie-Annette Brown, professor and researcher at the University of Washington, has developed an all-natural therapy for women with the Body Blues.

The Body Blues is a popular term for a type of mild depression that is very common. The Body Blues isn’t a severe mood disorder. Women who have this condition can feel happy when something good happens to them. They may enjoy much of what they do and be quite effective at work and at home. Surprisingly, they may not even feel sad or blue.

Nonetheless, their bodies are sending out signals of distress. Too much of the time, they feel tired, tense, or irritable. They know they should exercise more, but they find it hard to summon the energy and motivation. Many women with the Body Blues eat too much—especially late in the afternoon and early evening. Due to their low energy and food cravings, they may be significantly overweight, which can compromise their health, detract from their appearance, and undermine their self-esteem. When they stop and think about it, it seems as though their bodies were more depressed than their minds.


How to recognize the Body Blues:

  • Low energy

  • Overeating

  • Weight gain

  • Tension and irritability

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Mild anxiety

  • Mild depression

  • Decreased interest in sex


How do you beat the Body Blues?

Dr. Brown and her colleagues at the University of Washington designed and developed the LEVITY Program, a program based on three simple activities, each one proven to boost women’s mood and energy or tame their appetites:

  • Using The Litebook® 30 minutes every morning.

  • Walking outdoors at a brisk pace for 20 minutes, five or more days a week.

  • Taking the following six vitamins and minerals on a daily basis: 50 mgs each of vitamins

  • B-1, B-2, B-6; 400 mcg folic acid; 400 IU of vitamin D; and 200 mcg. selenium. Most of these doses are higher than those found in one-a-day multi-vitamin tablets, but all are within safe limits. For more details, refer to the book.


General usage instructions:

  • Typical usage time is 15-30 minutes a day – individual usage time will vary.

  • For most applications, usage is once per day, on a daily basis.

  • Timing of light exposure is very important, and varies by your individual need.

  • The Litebook® should be positioned approximately 20-24 inches from your face, and should be offset at a 30 to 45 degree angle, like sunlight coming in a window.

  • The Litebook’s® light beam must be directed at your eyes, and your eyes must be open to achieve benefit.

  • The Litebook’s® light beam is very bright – like the sun – in order to provide the benefit you seek. You do not stare at The Litebook® – as you do not stare at the sun – although it is not harmful to glance at it occasionally.

  • Typically, you will recognize when you’ve received sufficient light – most often by feeling of heightened alertness, energy, and/or mood.