Spring into Vitamins!
After the long winter months, it’s normal for us to feel an overwhelming and unnatural amount of exhaustion. Following a full season of poor dietary habits and the start to allergy season, the sense of being overly-tired is inevitable. Symptoms relating to this exhaustion are often characteristics for what’s called "spring fatigue"; a bodily cleansing process that occurs once winter has reached its end and the body has exhausted all its stored energy, including vitamins and minerals from foods and sunlight.
Spring fatigue symptoms can be diminished in various ways, but the most predominant is through the intake of proper vitamins. We need vitamins every day to be healthy, however in the spring season, our body needs them more than ever, in order to to re-charge.
There are five vital vitamins to keep in mind this season:
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a structural material for our skin, bones and blood vessels. It works excellently as an antioxidant, which helps to fight against cold-related diseases, including allergy symptoms. It’s also an important structural element of collagen – thus, found in most cream and lotion products.
If you’re looking to add vitamin C to your diet, considering eating foods such as tomatoes, broccoli and cantaloupe.
Vitamin B12: All vitamin B elements are water-soluble, which are necessary for the proper metabolism of human body cells. These are of vitamins that your body requires daily in order to improve your health. Apart from a healthy metabolism, vitamin B contributes to skin and muscle tone, improves the work of the immune system and aids the nervous system.
To assure that B12 is getting into your daily intake, be sure eat foods such as fish, eggs, dairy products and meat.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D is known for its ability to maintain proper levels of phosphorus and calcium in blood, which in turn, helps our bones remain strong and healthy. Apart from fighting fatal health disorders such as cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke and osteoporosis, vitamin D supports over-all mood stability.
Breakfast cereals, sardines and herring are rich in vitamin D, but the easiest way to get your daily intake, is to take a ten-minute walk in the sun!
Vitamin K: Vitamin K plays an important role in fighting against blood clotting and is known as a fat-soluble. Recently, it’s been discovered that this vitamin also plays a role in directing calcium throughout the body.
Vitamin K can be found in many greens such as: green leaf lettuce, spinach, asparagus and broccoli.
Vitamin E: This vital fat-soluble vitamin is known as the perfect antioxidant, which prevents a number of disorders that are often caused by free radicals (ie. air pollution, cigarette smoke, UV lighting). These radicals often cause damage to our body’s cells, resulting in eye disorders, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. To fight these off, Vitamin E works throughout our metabolic system, in cell signaling and immune function.
The best source of vitamin E comes from sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, almonds and cooked spinach.