How to get through the spring crisis and strengthen your immunity?
Spring is usually associated with pleasant feelings: 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 in autumn. However, in the first weeks of the season there is a phenomenon that has negative consequences: the spring crisis. What exactly is this? What reactions does it cause in the body? And how should you react if you experience it?
When the change in weather is overwhelming
What exactly is the so-called spring attack? It is 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 if you are enjoying the sunshine and warmth - you may 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. However, science has already classified this case and even given it an official name: spring fatigue syndrome.
How to counteract the spring crisis?
By strengthening your immunity!
Before taking action, it is important to be aware of what, apart from the above-mentioned factors, actually promotes the onset of the spring crisis. In short, it is the "winter" lifestyle. Fewer fresh vegetables and fruit (and more products with high carbohydrate content), shorter winter days, insufficient sleep, less active leisure time (especially outdoors): all this intensifies the lack of strength in early spring.
The response must be to strengthen immunity so that the body can effectively defend itself against the negative effects of this crisis. The priority must be to enrich the diet with products containing many vitamins and macro-elements. It is well known that immunity is strengthened 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 sunlight of 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 the skin.
Doctors also recommend monitoring levels of chromium (which helps maintain proper 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 overall condition). If necessary, high-quality food supplements, available from pharmacies, can be used. However, it should be borne in mind that any deficiencies should be compensated for under medical supervision.
Focus on physical activity
In all this, don't forget that regular physical activity (if possible outdoors) also has an effect on immunity - probably as much as a healthy diet. And after exercise, it is essential to ensure that you regenerate and get enough sleep (between 7 and 9 hours). Then you will be prepared for what the fickle spring weather has in store for you!
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