Spring into Vitality: Changing seasons, changing health
As the winter frost fades away in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to welcome the warmth of spring with open arms! The shortest days of the year have ended, and the winter blues are on their way out. Let’s celebrate all the ways in which the springtime rewards us with greater health and happiness, shall we?
The sun’ll come out… more often 🎶
With longer days and shorter nights, spring brings more hours of sunshine in many climates without overwhelming us with heat. [Exposure to sunlight is essential for producing Vitamin D, which plays a crucial role in regulating mood and boosting energy levels.] Natural light also makes it so much easier to wake up in the morning. Once out of bed, it’s also more enticing to spend more time outside, enjoying activities such as hiking, biking, or simply taking a walk. Your body will thank you because you’ll not only have the chance to soak up some rays, but also to get some exercise and fresh air, which are key components of a healthy lifestyle.
Farm fresh spring produce FTW
With more sunshine comes more fruits and veggies! That’s right — [springtime marks the arrival of fresh, colorful produce such as healthy greens, juicy strawberries, and tasty avocados]. These fruits and veggies are packed with nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that support overall health. Many people tend to opt for more raw, fresh foods in the summer, which can be beneficial as these foods typically contain less sodium and fewer processed ingredients than their packaged counterparts. Adding more fresh produce to your diet this spring is a delicious way to support your body's health and give yourself an energy boost.
Rising temperatures, rising thirst
This one’s kind of a gimme, but it’s worth noting. As the temperature rises, we naturally tend to [drink more water] to stay cool and refreshed. Staying hydrated can help regulate body temperature, support healthy digestion, and improve brain function. Plus, with the arrival of all that spring produce, you can liven up your water with fresh fruit, cucumber slices, or herbs like mint or basil for a refreshing way to stay hydrated. Just remember to account for rising temperatures as spring gives way to summer, and adjust your water intake accordingly!
“Nothing ever seems impossible in spring, you know.” - Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Ingleside
Springtime is a time of renewal, so don’t let the start of the season pass without taking some time to appreciate all the gifts it brings. Whether it’s soaking up the sun, indulging in fresh produce, or sipping minty water to keep hydrated, take a moment each day to celebrate the changing seasons, and make the most of all the benefits that springtime has to offer!