A nudge from Spring

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Winter is folding back, and the days of Spring and warmth will delight us with their presence. While the amount of daytime increases, some of us experience that same Spring fatigue that hits us every year.

Spring Fatigue often occurs now. Particularly in northern Finland, where the long and dark winter consumes the energies of scarce, dwindling, run down batteries. Although, a sensitive person can even see a difference here in sunny, bright Spain.

Fortunately, Spring Fatigue can be prevented. Vitamins, minerals, trace elements and healthy fatty acids will energise the body, mind and create alertness. In particular, I am speaking on behalf of colourful foods, vegetables, berries and fruits. Our grey brain cells get immense enjoyment, from simply watching the preparation of colourful food or snacks.

Sports and outdoor activities, as well as adequate sleep and rest, are also important.

Even though you’re tired, it is worth traipsing out into the light to get some springtime sunlight and fresh air. Participate in outdoor activities for at least half an hour a day. In this way, you awaken your body and feel refreshed.

In fact, I love hiking on the mountain slopes. In addition to admiring and photographing the beautiful landscapes, an important detail is the consumption of food supplies in the wild. Outdoor snacks need not be much, but increases energy along wirh break. For a short few hours of hiking, my snacks are usually consist of peeled carrots, a few handful of walnuts or almonds, a  piece of fruit – and a drink of course. On a hot day, I add a dash of unrefined sea salt to my water, so I don’t sweat out all the body’s minerals.

Juggling between a scheduled daily life and a busy job can take its toll, and fatigue takes hold. In fact, I love good coffee and how it easily overcomes fatigue, although the challenge is to not drink too much. I have to remind myself of the disadvantages from excessive caffeine consumption.

Normally, I like to keep it to two cups per day, and the other “coffee breaks” consist of turmeric seasoned green tea, which also serves as a fatigue slayer.

When I see that the body and mind are in need of support in maintaining alertness, I get help from a variety of herbal remedies from plants and herbs. The following adaptogenic plants which are my favourites, balance, strengthen, relieve stress and elevate mood include: Siberian Ginseng, i.e. the Russian Root, Ginseng or Asian Ginseng, Schisandra or Schisandra Chinensis and Rhodiola root.

Siberian ginseng is known as a supporter of immunity. The body’s normal state can be prolonged in the treatment of stress, restoring, as it supports the central nervous system. Hence, it also supports resistance to stress.

Asian ginseng helps the body adapt to stress. It can support immunity by enhancing the activity of white blood cells, and also provide support in the functioning of the central nervous system.

Schisandra may receive support for stress resistance and treat a number of different stressors. It is known to stimulate the central nervous system and acts as a mood enhancer.

Rhodiola Rosea gives energy and vitality. It is even used in the treatment of depression and supports the body in different stressful situations. Rhodiola Rosea is an antioxidant that boosts the immune system. It is an excellent dietary supplement in the middle of a busy life.

An energetic and joyful beginning of spring! Remember to take care of yourself!

Tiina – Anni’s Vital Shop, Los Boliches

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