Spring mobilizes what was stagnant in the body and can cause various health problems, such as spring asthenia. Natural medicine offers resources to speed up this process and recover energy.
Spring is a really special time of year. A season that represents the awakening of natural forces until then latent during the winter period. There is an increase in vital dynamism, bodily activity increases and emotions become more intense.
Adapting without too many problems to the new climatic conditions that this change of season implies is convenient and healthy. The organism adapts by itself, although sometimes we have to help our body a little.
SYMPTOMS OF SPRING ASTHENIA
It is common that when spring arrives, many people – it is estimated that one in four – feel invaded by an unexpected fatigue, a kind of indolence that makes them want physical or mental rest. There is a strange apathy, not wanting to do anything. Some even feel psychologically depressed.
And it is not that spring itself is the cause. It is simply a change in the vital rhythm that makes people with physical or mental disorders see sharpened some of the processes that were dormant during the winter.
There is a general fatigue that is accentuated especially in the cervical region, shoulders, back or head. It is usually accompanied by nervousness or apathy. Insomnia or poor sleep may appear. In addition to some tissue poisoning, there is another important reason for all of this to happen.
While outside the tree sap rises, inside us the blood is also propelled with more force. Now, in the same way that when we wake up in the morning we can make it calm and fresh after a night’s rest, or else tired and upset by a restless sleep, the same happens with spring awakening: it can have the positive sign of renewal or, on the contrary, be accompanied by fatigue and pessimism.
Spring is the time when depressive states are aggravated and the number of suicides increases. Other data indicate that in countries where the temperature changes markedly in each season, it is in spring when the highest coefficient of diseases and mortality occurs.
WHY DO WE GET MORE TIRED IN SPRING
In spring, more than in the other seasons, the so-called “crises” are frequent. This is the case of people for whom the arrival of spring supposes a resurgence of symptoms of a chronic disease that they had been suffering from.
- The body detoxifies
To better understand these facts, it is convenient to remember that winter encourages the body to self- poison, so to speak. This is due to the fact that during the cold season the body supports quite adverse living conditions: little muscular activity, sedentary life in closed rooms, lack of sun and clean air, tendency to overfeeding, excessive use of acidogenic foods (fats, preserves, pastry) and a lower consumption of fresh fruits and salads, which can lead to deficiencies in vitamins and trace minerals.
Under these conditions, the body is overloaded with toxins and low on defenses, circumstances very favorable to the disease. For this reason, some people are surprised by the arrival of spring with outbreaks of dermatological problems, allergies or joint pain.
This is so because due to the meteorological stimuli of the station (light, heat, electricity, magnetism), there is an increase in vital tone that facilitates the elimination of accumulated impurities.
This expulsion is an effort of nature to purify the organism, somewhat altered by the transgressions committed during the winter.
Thus, when spring arrives, the blood seeks to rid itself of accumulated toxins. For example, blood levels of urea and cholesterol increase, and white blood cells launch a great offensive against pathogenic microorganisms. These reactions are beneficial, but some people endure this reactive effort poorly and become fatigued.
- Dance of hormones
During winter, due to the decrease in sunlight, there has been a decrease in the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is related to good mood, and at the same time an increase in melatonin, which promotes sleep.
With the arrival of spring and the increase in ambient luminosity as the day lengthens, this process is reversed: serotonin increases and melatonin decreases. This can cause a certain period of adaptation that includes the feeling of tiredness.
DIET AGAINST SPRING ASTHENIA
If feeding during the winter, too copious and caloric, is one of the factors that promote spring asthenia, to compensate for this excess it is advisable to follow a fresher and lighter diet:
- We will therefore give relevance to vegetables in the form of raw salads, cooked vegetables and abundant fruit. Not forgetting the remineralizing algae. This helps to purify and alkalize the body, while ensuring an adequate content of vitamins and minerals.
- The grains and legumes should also be part of the diet. On the contrary, it will be better to reduce saturated fats of animal origin, sugar and industrial pastries.
- Ensuring adequate hydration, drinking about a liter and a half of water a day, will help drain and detoxify the body.
- It is also preferable to have a large breakfast, eat several less copious meals during the day and have dinner about two hours before going to bed.
- To energize the body, it will be appropriate to include dietary supplements such as beer yeast (rich in B vitamins that help balance the nervous system), wheat germ or pollen.
CELERY TO PURIFY AND HELP THE BODY
To help the body in the purification process typical of this time, we can prepare celery juice and incorporate it into our diet as a reinforcement. Take a bunch, remove the leaves, cut it into pieces and put it in the blender or blender. It can be combined with apple, which will increase the volume and improve the flavor. You drink a glass of juice in the morning and another in the afternoon for a week.
Celery fortifies the liver and kidneys, eliminates toxins and provides a magnificent complexion.
THE DECISIVE VITAMIN C
This vitamin is closely related to the adrenal glands. The hormones secreted by these glands fulfill several functions, among them the one of infusing dynamism to the organism. For the elaboration of these hormones, vitamin C is necessary, and it has been proven that resistance to fatigue decreases proportionally to the degree of deficiency of this vitamin.
During the winter, fewer foods rich in vitamins are generally eaten. This means that there may be a deficiency of vitamin C, which favors the lack of vital energy.
People with an asthenic biotype (thin, tall, with a long and narrow chest) seem more constitutionally predisposed to this state of low vitality (their adrenal glands would be smaller and their function would be diminished). One of the symptoms of vitamin C deficiency in some people is the tendency for the gums to bleed when teeth are cleaned.
The main sources of vitamin C include oranges, lemons, tomatoes, cabbages, bell peppers, celery, kiwi, peaches, strawberries, and green beans.
5 MEDICINAL PLANTS THAT GIVE YOU ENERGY IN SPRING
To overcome fatigue and adapt to changes, adaptogenic plants such as ginseng or eleutherococcus are recommended. It is also possible to use for a shorter time those with toning action that fight fatigue: green tea, guarana, mate herb, maca. In addition, at the beginning of spring they can be made Diuretic or detoxifying plant-based cleansing cures for two to three weeks.
These are some of the best adaptogenic and cleansing plants that you can use to help your body adapt to spring:
Ginseng (Panax ginseng) tones the body and helps it overcome stressful situations, toning it up.
Among its properties, it stands out that it increases the feeling of energy both physically and mentally; stimulates liver functions, especially purifying ones; lowers excess cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood; enhances libido or sexual desire in both sexes; increases muscle capacity; and improves memory in the elderly.
The occurrence of side effects or the body becoming habituated and therefore the benefit diminishing is rare in the case of real ginseng. To avoid this, the ideal treatment rhythm would be: 3 weeks of cure alternated with 3 weeks of rest, and so on.
To take advantage of all these qualities, it is preferable to choose a quality product, for example the so-called Panax ginseng CA Meyer, if possible 5 or more years old. The ginseng of Korean origin is a good option. It is not advisable to take it before bedtime, as in some people it could cause insomnia.
It is usually used as a cleanser, especially against skin diseases and rheumatism. Boil, for 10-15 minutes, 50 to 60 g in a liter of water and take, between meals, a daily cup of this decoction.
It has detoxifying properties, especially at the lung and urinary levels. Four tablespoons of flowers are infused in a liter of boiling water until cool. It is drunk from half to a liter daily.
It is a cleansing and slimming plant. It is prepared in the proportion of one tablespoon per liter of boiling water. It is left to infuse and two to three cups are taken a day.
In cases of skin problems, it usually gives good results to take three cups a day, between meals, of the infusion of four tablespoons of the plant per liter of water.
FASTING, EXERCISE, AND REST TO FEEL GOOD
Also a little fasting well done purifies and vitalizes, due to the organic detoxification that it achieves. A fluid-based fast lasting one or two days, followed by two or three days based on fresh fruits, will be convenient for those who feel excessively recharged. Lean people or those who habitually follow a balanced diet do not need fasting as much and it will be enough to give preference to raw vegetables (salads and fruits) in meals for a few days.
To get out of the situation of spring asthenia, it is so important to rest enough hours as to wake up the body from its lethargy. In this sense, it is advisable to do physical exercise on a regular basis, which tones the body and contributes to the production of endorphins, also called “hormones of happiness”, as they give a feeling of well-being.
As an exercise, it is enough to leave the car if the usual movement can be done on foot, or not to use the elevator and, instead, use the stairs. However, an excess of physical exercise, either in intensity or in regularity, which will increase the feeling of fatigue and even lower the defenses.
It is also advisable to look for natural surroundings, breathing fresh air and in contact with the sun’s rays (it is preferable not to wear sunglasses). The latter will stimulate the production of vitamin D, which will have decreased during the winter and also favors asthenia.
HYDROTHERAPY AND SELF-MASSAGE AGAINST ASTHENIA
Some practices help to tone the nervous and circulatory systems, which makes them highly recommended in spring. They allow you to feel more energetic by increasing vital tone and not only reduce common discomforts such as tired legs.
COLD WATER IN THE SHOWER
In general, it is convenient that after taking a hot shower you finish it with cold water, which will tone the body. But there is also a simple hydrotherapy procedure to quickly regain strength. It consists of showering the thighs with cold water for several days.
This technique is based on the existence of a subcutaneous nerve network at this level in connection with the adrenal glands. Its stimulation will lead to a considerable increase in vitality. That is why it is important that this shower is strictly located on the thighs.
Proceed as follows:
- The thighs are wrapped with a thick towel.
- Once seated on the edge of the bathtub or on a stool placed on top of a basin, the water is run for five minutes, as cold as possible, on the upper face of the thighs, with the help of the shower head or a large sponge.
- Finally, you have to dry yourself and rub yourself vigorously with a horsehair glove.
SELF-MASSAGE FOR TIRED LEGS
Some people, after spending too much time sitting and not exercising during the winter, have poor venous circulation in the spring, a feeling of heaviness in the legs, with swollen ankles and feet.
The following self-massage, which can be easily performed in the morning and evening for 5 minutes, can be very helpful:
- A small amount of almond oil is prepared, to which are added a few drops in equal parts of essential oils of rosemary and lavender.
- With the oil, rub your legs working up from the ankle to the thigh. Rub well for about 5 minutes. Thus the veins and arteries are toned, which decongests the legs.
To thin the blood, improve local circulation and avoid leg swelling, can complement this technique with a cure taken every morning for fifteen days in a row, a tablespoon of virgin corn oil or sunflower oil with lemon juice freshly squeezed.
Corn and sunflower oils are rich in vitamin E, beneficial for circulation, and lemon provides abundant vitamin C, which strengthens blood vessels. During this period, this type of oil and lemon can also be used to dress salads and vegetables.