I always enjoy the transition as winter ends and spring shows up in brighter colours. But every where you meet people complaining; tired, full of cold, down, no energy left.
Some animals hibernate through the winter season and the ones which don’t slow down, winter life is quieter.
But what do we do? Come on we are human, why should this apply to us?
Well, yes we are human but the demands on the body over winter are high when the seasonal foods are less varied and the sun exposure is reduced.
Less sun exposure means we are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D making our calcium absorption less efficient.
Few people pay attention to seasonal food very much these days because the large choice of foods offered by supermarket is available all year round. But it is a fact that food in season is richer in vitamins and minerals, in the same way that local food is richer and fresher for being picked when ripe.
So we carry on working flat out all winter, with poorer sun light and with sub-quality food. By the time spring comes, we are run down and easily falling sick.
What can we do about it?
– Slow down a little if we can.
– Eat seasonal food that hasn’t travelled to far (cabbage, chard, swede, celeriac, parsnip, carrot).
– Eat food that stores (potatoes, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds, herbs)
– Supplement with
fish oil for essential fatty acids and vitamin D
vitamin C and B complex
multivitamin and mineral
zinc, iron and magnesium
– Drink sufficient water, at least 1 litre even though it is colder and we don’t feel thirsty. Herbal tea made with nettle will help increase iron levels.
– Enjoy every bit of sunshine but it will only help increase vitamin D levels if it touches the unprotected skin. Difficult when we have to keep warm.
This can be done now if you feel you need a boost. And it is certainly worse keeping in mind through the year to start next autumn.
Look after your food and your food will look after you.