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Start spring with a spring in your step

It’s a strange phenomenon, but as spring gradually returns and nature finally awakens to new life, it seems that the exact opposite happens to us. Instead of feeling a surge of energy, we get the yawns in a big way, and if we could, what we would really like best would be to go to bed and sleep. Yet we’ve been waiting for spring with so much longing! During the changeover period from winter to spring, between 30 and 50 percent of Germans report feeling feeble and listless and being familiar with the phenomenon of springtime lethargy. This is caused, among other things, by the change in climate. As the cold of winter gives way to the rising temperatures of spring, it takes a while for the body to get used to it. The blood vessels dilate, which in turn causes the blood pressure to fall, and the result is that we feel tired. Additionally, after the dark days of winter, our serotonin reserves are relatively low, while the melatonin concentration in our bodies is high, and that, in turn, causes tiredness. So until the imbalance between the hormones has readjusted itself, the body is in a state of confusion. A further factor is that in winter, when it’s cold, we tend to eat heavier food, and in larger quantities. People suffering from springtime lethargy, should, however, avoid placing an additional burden on their bodies through their food intake. During this changeover period, what the body needs is a plentiful supply of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and proteins. In place of large portions of meat and French fries with everything, we should make sure to eat lots of vegetables, fruit and products with low fat content; this well help us avoid common but less than pleasurable symptoms of springtime lethargy, which can range from fatigue, lack of concentration and motivation, mood swings and irritableness, to dizziness and headaches, among others.

So what else can we do about it? One important thing is to spend more time outdoors. Nature is coming back to life, and everyone who goes out for a walk through the joyful spring sunshine will – without even knowing it – also produce the feel-good hormone serotonin. Plenty of exercise and walks in the sunlight are an effective way of boosting the body’s hormone balance. Hot and cold showers can also toughen up the immune system and prepare us for the start of spring. However, we can also make use of other aids from nature.

A super source of support are quinoa and the medicinal plant by the name of jiaogulan. Quinoa are the highly healthful seeds of the plant of the same name, whose home is in South America, where for some 6000 years it has successfully served the same purposes as the cereal plants we have been traditionally familiar with in our part of the world. Quinoa is both gluten-free and alkaline, but in addition to that, it offers high concentrations of essential amino acids and vitamins which the human organism is not able to produce for itself, plus a broad range of mineral substances. The many different B vitamins and power ingredients it can provide help to bring our mental fitness and energy back up to normal levels. They reduce the feelings of tiredness and boost the nervous system. Jiaogulan, meanwhile, is a rediscovered medicinal plant from China and Japan that optimises the supply of nutrients to all the internal organs and also the performance of the heart. This results in optimum blood circulation. The hormone system is positively influenced, the central nervous system regulated and the immune system strengthened. The combination of quinoa and jiaogulan gives an added boost to spring, driving away the lethargy, helping you feel fit and wide-awake, and putting a spring in your step when springtime finally comes knocking on the door.

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