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7 ways to reduce the weakening of the spring

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Why the change of season and in particular spring weakens us?
Very often the so called period of waking life, that follows the hard winter, involves fatigue, weakness, irritability, bad mood, impaired concentration and small physical ailments that had lain dormant during the winter.

 
Why the change of season and in particular spring weakens us?
Very often the so called period of waking life, that follows the hard winter, involves fatigue, weakness, irritability, bad mood, impaired concentration and small physical ailments that had lain dormant during the winter.
 
The persistence of these diseases and their misinterpretation does not allow us to fully enjoy this period, which is one of the most beautiful seasons to live, but leads to physical and mental deterioration that can result in depression and anxiety attacks.
 
Spring results in a lengthening of days and circadian rhythms; the lengthening is further enhanced by the introduction of summer time.
The term circadian rhythm was coined by Franz Halberg and means “around the day”, often defined as internal clock.
It is a period of about 24 hours that regulates many phenomena such as the phases of sleep and wakefulness, the heart rate, the blood pressure, the immune responses, the rate of secretion of certain substances, the rate of body temperature change, etc..
Circadian rhythms are determined by internal factors of our body but they also depend on external factors such as the Earth’s rotation, the magnetic field, the exposure to sunlight, the established social habits such as the constant dinner time or alarm time in the morning.
 
Also the increased physical activity due to the elongation of the days requires a biological effort greater than the one of the “hibernation” period.
If in addition to this we add the problems introduced by the seasonal flu and allergies for people with a more sensitive immune system, it follows that the change of season is a time that puts us to the test.
So, during the spring, illnesses linked to fatigue, nervousness and irritability occurs, and ailments such as pain due to physical trauma, to debility, etc.. intensify.
 
The organs most affected by fatigue and “stress” due to the spring are the liver and the intestine.
The liver is subjected to more work since it is our inner powerhouse.
Not only it must transform the food and produce energy for our body but it must also filter and dispose of the toxins that have accumulated during the winter.
Our liver has to produce more energy with a greater effort; we can fill this effort especially after meals and upon waking in the morning.
In these parts of the day we feel more tired and fatigued.
Digestion is more difficult and slow and the extra-work of our liver is also felt during the night, our sleep will be lighter and we could have even a few sleepless nights.
If our energy production system is not efficient, in the period of transition from one season to the next more problems are highlighted (some are known and some are new).
The most common ailments are:

  • headache,
  • physical pain and joints pain,
  • tiredness,
  • halitosis,
  • asthma,
  • allergic reactions,
  • ulcer,
  • sudden changes in mood,
  • other.

Very often, these problems are incorrectly faced or even in a counterproductive way.
For example the intake of medicines or food and energy supplements contribute to increase the work of our liver for their assimilation and their disposal in a period in which it is already very overloaded.
 
The large intestine is another organ very subject to fatigue due to the change of season. It has to check and balance the bacterial load that, during the spring, is greater and more responsive.
This leads to many typical problems, such as:

  • intestinal bloating
  • back pain,
  • cystitis,
  • inflammatory bowel disease,
  • other.

All these disorders contribute to increase our state of stress, thereby enhancing the phenomena linked to insomnia, fatigue and nervousness.
 
In addition, the bad interpretation of the pain and the “non-acceptance” of these disorders can further increase our discomfort or even trigger depression or unmanageable anxiety.
 
To reduce these symptoms we may use the following 7 simple tricks:

  1. pay attention to the foods that we eat during this time and prefer simple food.
    If necessary, supplement the diet with minerals and natural nutrients, such as royal jelly, ginseng and others like it.
  2. reduce the frequency of meals, following a balanced diet limited to the 5 main meals.
    Never skip meals, because it weakens us and slows the concentration, but also never binge.
    We need to gradually get back in shape after the winter avoiding radical diets.
  3. drink at least two liters of water per day.
    A balanced hydration helps the body to eliminate toxins accumulated during the winter and to deal with sweating due to temperature changes.
  4. dine as far as possible from the time we go to bed.
    The lengthening of the days must not distance the two main meals and especially it must not push the dinner time too close to the time for sleep.
  5. perform exercises that increase the firmness and elasticity of our intestines.
    We can perform simple exercises like expansion and contraction of the diaphragm, or to practice massage to our front and back.
  6. play every day at least 30 minutes of light physical activity.
    Sport is good but don’t ask too much to your body, especially after a period of winter inactivity.
    Just a simple walk or a some stretching can clear your mind and release tension.
  7. don’t underestimate the need of rest and sleep.
    The lengthening of the days should not be dedicated only to be more active and therefore it should not reduce the hours of sleep.

The body needs the proper rest, especially after the winter period of debilitation.

Following and applying these simple tips we can improve the effectiveness of our liver and our intestines, helping them to bear the extra work introduced by the change of season, reducing their night work and so promoting sleep and morning awakening.
 
In addition to the tips above, you can also follow these simple dietary advice.
The ideal number of meal is five: breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner.
Lunch should be the main meal, and should be taken between 12 and 15, being careful not to mix carbs and proteins.
 
Dinner should consist of protein and contain no carbohydrates.
Dinner should not be overly abundant and should not be close to sleep.
It is also a good role to never skip meals.
 
Carbohydrates should always be taken in the first part of the day, and preferably within three in the afternoon, as well as cereals and their derivatives, such as bread, breadsticks, pasta, rice, flour, biscuits, crackers, melba toast , etc..
It is the same for potatoes and legumes as beans, chickpeas, etc..
No bread at dinner.
 
Among the foods based on carbohydrates, whole grains are preferred.
Creams and pastries are definitely to be avoided.
 
Meat, fish, eggs and dairy products may be the evening meal.
They must be alternated and, depending on the level of cholesterol in the blood, we should prefer one or the other. If our cholesterol level is high, we should avoid eggs and fatty dairy, but if we have a tendency to gout we should prefer the meat.
 
The consumption of alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer is better in the evening, since alcohol aids the digestion of proteins.
 
Vegetables, except for legumes, must be present in both the main meals.
The fresh fruit should be eaten within 17 and can complement our breakfast or lunch, but should be avoided at dinner.
The best thing would be to use the fruit for a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, preferring the less sweet fruit to the sugary one such as pineapple, grapefruit, strawberries, cherries, watermelon, peaches, melons, etc. .
Fruits should be eaten whole and not in form of juices.
If we don’t have to eat certain foods, the following are the main to avoid:

  • lard, bacon, butter, mascarpone;
  • sausages in general except lean ham and air-cured beef;
  • Fatty fish such as eel, carp, salmon;
  • milk and whole yogurt.

 
 
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