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5 ways to boost your health this spring

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After a long and cold winter our health might not be at its best. In general we don’t eat very healthy in winter, remember all the Holiday feasts? We are more tired too, we didn’t get enough sunlight or fresh air and the cold conditions together with dry air took a toll on our skin as well. And when the spring comes, we tend to catch up on everything we didn’t feel like doing in wintertime and end up exhausted and burned out.

Here are some practical tips on how to feel well in the upcoming springtime.

Replenish your vitamins and minerals

Fresh fruit and vegetables are a great source of much-needed vitamins, minerals and fibre. In some cases when your body experiences deficiency it might be necessary to use supplements. There are different ways on finding out what is your body missing. If you feel constantly tired and sluggish no matter how well you eat ask your family physician about available tests.

Get some fresh air

walking-for-healthSpring is a great time for outdoor activities. Days are longer, weather is warmer so get your favourite footwear on and get moving. You don’t have to run or jog, you can take a walk in the park, go for a hike or just start cleaning up your backyard or get your garden ready for the new season. Being outdoors can also boost your mental health, improve memory and even protect your vision.

Stay warm (yes, still)

The spring sun allures us to get rid of our winter jackets and toques, but the weather can be tricky, especially here in Alberta. It can change from one hour to the other from sunny and warm to snow blizzard, so be prepared and have some extra layers handy. You don’t want to catch a cold when the weather is finally nice and all the fun starts.

Adjust your diet

After the heavier food we eat in winter it’s time to switch to something lighter and include some fresh greens such as parsley, wild garlic or brussel sprouts. You can also add small portion of sprouts or fermented vegetables to your meals. Try to eat seasonal vegetables grown locally. They are better for you and you support local farmers at the same time.

Detoxify

Springtime is great to give your body a fresh start. Do your spring detox holistically though do not just get on a strict diet secretly counting days till it’s end. Tune in the healthy-this-springraising energy around you, enjoy the sun and awakening nature and choose a diet or detox method that feels right for you. Try dandelions, they are a great source of vitamins K, C and A, folate and minerals and are supposed to detoxify the liver and gallbladder. They are one of the first spring herbs and free to pick in your backyard. Don’t forget to increase your water intake to support the detox.

Spring sure is in the air! It comes with more daylight and sunshine and fun stuff to do. Start this beautiful season in a good shape and spirit so you can really enjoy it.

Our family doctors are always here to support you on your journey to radiant health and well-being. Make an appointment today to get professional help or advice.

 

 

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