How to get through the spring crisis and boost your immunity?

How to counter the spring crisis?
18 March 2023 by
How to get through the spring crisis and boost your immunity?
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Spring is generally associated with pleasant sensations: temperatures rise, plants bloom, everything around us awakens to life. Even the rain warms up, and getting a few drops in your hair is not as big a problem as it is in autumn. However, in the first few weeks of the season, there is a phenomenon that has negative consequences: the spring crisis. So what exactly is this? What reactions does it provoke in the body? And what should you do if you experience one?

When the change in weather is overwhelming

What exactly is the famous spring attack? It's the body's reaction to the change in weather and pressure: in winter, the pressure was high and the temperatures low, and in spring, everything starts to change. Sometimes suddenly - and even though we're enjoying the sunshine and warmth - we can feel tired, drowsy, lose concentration, have bone pain, palpitations and a general lack of zest for life. Many people claim that these are made-up symptoms and that only a few people are susceptible. But science has already classified the condition and even given it an official name: spring fatigue syndrome.

How can I counter spring fatigue?

By boosting your immunity!

Before taking action, it's important to be aware of what, apart from the factors mentioned above, actually encourages the onset of spring attack. In a nutshell, it's our 'winter' lifestyle. Fewer fresh vegetables and fruit (and more high-carbohydrate products), shorter winter days, insufficient sleep, less active leisure pursuits (especially outdoors): all these factors intensify the lack of strength in early spring.

The response must be to boost immunity so that the body can defend itself effectively against the negative effects of this crisis. The priority should be to enrich your diet with products containing plenty of vitamins and macro-elements. It is well known that immunity is boosted in particular by vitamin C, but it is also necessary to supplement with vitamin D, which is generally less present in the body after the low levels of sunshine during the winter months. You should also make sure you get an extra dose of vitamins A and E, known as the vitamins of youth, which will improve the appearance and condition of your skin.

Doctors also recommend monitoring your levels of chromium (which helps maintain a healthy metabolism of macro-nutrients), potassium and magnesium (important for the nervous and muscular systems), as well as selenium, zinc and iron (which boost immunity and improve the body's general condition). If necessary, high-quality food supplements, available from pharmacies, can be used. It should be remembered, however, that any deficiencies must be made good under medical supervision.

Focus on physical activity

Don't forget that regular physical activity (outdoors if possible) also has an effect on immunity - probably as much as a healthy diet. And after exercise, it's essential to regenerate and get enough sleep (between 7 and 9 hours). Then you'll be ready for whatever the fickle spring weather throws at you!

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