Spring fatigue affects more than half of the people around the world and is one of the most frequent causes of physical and mental malaise shortly before and during the upcoming season.
The causes for its occurrence are many and the answer is in the combination of them. The difference in the temperature is big and the adjustment to higher degrees requires time for the organism. The temperature amplitudes of more than 10 degrees per day always affect the mood and March is known with its “female” unstable weather conditions.
Another factor is the saturation of the red blood cells with oxygen, due to the more frequent walks on fresh air during this season, airing of the rooms, blooming of the trees. When the quantities of the carbon values in the blood drop, the blood vessels constrict and lethargy, inability to work and drowsiness are present. Along with all this, the daylight is increased and there comes the feeling of a more rapid onset of fatigue, while we get used to the summer mode of life.
An increase of the depressive conditions in many people and lowering of the ambition and the daily activity are typical for these months and the patients usually say they feel “without pulse”.
Generally, several weeks are sufficient for the so called “spring fatigue” to resolve and of course, it is good to recognize it and to take timely measures for its faster overcome.
Healthy nutrition and consumption of fluids is ordinary advice that works flawlessly. The increased consumption of seasonal fruits and vegetables, together with drinking a lot of water, certainly awaken and refresh our body. Charging with natural vitamins and minerals always helps in increasing the energy levels.
Foods that enhance the mood should be present in the diet. They help in the formation of the so called happiness hormone – serotonin and contain vitamins from the group B and E and selenium, tryptophan and folic acid which are known as antidepressants.
These are bananas, citrus fruits, kiwi and strawberries. Of all fruits, bananas contain the most amount of potassium, which helps the work of the brain, heart, muscles and bones. Potassium lowers the high blood pressure and contributes to the excretion of the excess fluid in the organism. Iron protects us from anemia and magnesium helps us having a better sleep. Bananas are also natural antidepressants – the vitamins from the group B in them soothe the nervous system. Citruses are useful against the spring exhaustion because of their high content of vitamin C. Rich in vitamin C and B1 is also the orange which together with the blueberries is a source of the valuable vitamin P. The vitamin is a complex of the bioflavonoids rutin, citrine, catechins and others, which reduce the brittleness of the capillaries and strengthen the blood vessels. In the meantime, vitamin P promotes the absorption of vitamin C, which in a medium of bioflavonoids is nearly 20 times more active, as it is protected from oxidation.
Lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, green onions, broccoli, celery and nettle are also seasonal and recommended against spring fatigue. In spring the lettuce is a real vitamin bomb. It contains vitamins A, B, C, D and E, a lot of lecithin and salts of calcium, phosphorus and iron. It is good the salads to be flavored with olive oil, a lot of lemon and a little salt.
Broccolis are low-calorie, but because of the high fiber and vitamin content, they give a satiety feeling. They are recommended against spring fatigue as they are rich in vitamins C, B5, B9 and provitamin A, as well as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
The most popular plant for energy boost and in case of “anemia” is the nettle, and soon its season will come. It is recommended for the treatment of many diseases, but among all other things, it stimulates peristalsis, that’s why it is essential in the spring detox of the organism.
Celery also acts as an immunostimulant, helps in dealing with the overloading of the body and the nervous system, strengthens the heart muscle, so it is recommended in symptoms of spring fatigue as well.
Brown rice, oatmeal, bulgur, corn, millet, wheat, rye or quinoa are the cereals of first choice which supply the body with fibers, give satiety feeling and trigger the digestive tract. Wholegrain foods are rich source of vitamins and minerals, and the hundreds phyto-ingredients such as anti-oxidants, phytoestrogens and phenols are also important for the spring renewal of the body. They give a powerful energy charge, as they contain complex carbohydrates called polysaccharides, which provide a constant supply of glucose and fructose to the brain, heart and muscles.
The legumes such as beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas are also in the mandatory list of foods for spring fatigue. They are processed slowly in the digestive tract, and in this process the harmful toxins are excreted with the fibers from the body.
And last but not least in the list of the recommendations, I cannot miss the natural chocolate. The anti-oxidants in the black chocolate and raw cocoa stimulate the mental activity, improve blood circulation and reduce the levels of stress hormones.
There should be wholesome protein sources in the diet against spring fatigue – fish, beef liver, eggs, red meats, turkey and chicken. Sprouts and raw nuts also charge the organism with vitamins and minerals.
Besides proper nutrition, the sufficient sleep is also important in the fight against spring fatigue. Sleep at least 7-8 hours in this period to be in best form. Drive away laziness and spend more time under the sun rays.
This will contribute to faster adaptation to the new season and will help you get into the summer mood.