Now that Spring has supposedly sprung (lets ignore the snow for a moment!) what benefits will it add to our health?
The bounty of fresh produce available in the spring has us drooling. While you can find many of your favourites year-round, now is the time to revel in local, seasonal goodies.
In the winter, vitamin-D-producing sunlight can be hard to come by. A lack of this important nutrient can put your bones at risk, hurt your immunity and impair healthy muscle and nerve functioning. Come spring, you can more easily soak up what your body needs. If you would like a hand with this why not try our amazing Bone Strength supplement?
Plus those golden rays may also help lighten the load of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression most commonly experienced during the dark and dreary fall and winter months. Studies have shown that many people with SAD see their symptoms improve when exposed to bright light.
And more time outside means better mental and physical health as this last year clearly shows the difference a walk can make. Research suggests that spending time in nature can seriously improve your health, from reducing stress and lowering blood pressure to even fighting cancer. A small Japanese study from 2008 linked time spent in the woods with a significant jump in white blood cells.
Spring cleaning sounds like a bore, but ridding your home, car, office or playroom of bacteria, mould, dust and other grime can keep you free of spring colds and help you cope better with seasonal allergies. Plus, all that window washing and floor sweeping burns some calories, too — about 85 for every 30 minutes of cleaning, to be exact!
If you’ve been trying for a little one all winter, you might find your luck has changed come spring. Just like the blossoms all around you, you might be more fertile in warmer weather, according to a 2010 study. The researchers examined more than 1,900 women undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment and found one particular hormone was higher in the spring and a 45 percent higher fertilization rate during the season.
Just please remember to stay safe in the sun’s rays with a decent SPF factored sunscreen.
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