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Time for Refresh, Rejuvenate and Re-Energise!

It’s that time of year that we all look forward to so eagerly – a time for rejuvenation and re-energising, for new starts and to spring into action.  Spring is the perfect season to start reinstating a healthy lifestyle, after an indulgent winter.

Fresh air, fresh food and fresh starts are what we envisage when we talk about spring.  It is the perfect season for a brand new start.

On the flip side, it is also that time of year when you and your family are prone to sneezing, hay fever and allergies that prevent you from enjoying the outdoors.

Here are some tips to give you that extra boost to getting back into a healthy – nutrition, fitness and skincare regimen after the tendency to neglect ourselves in the cold, dark winter months.

1. For a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals opt for fresh vegetables. Now is the best time of year to shop at your local fresh produce market and buy fresh salads, spinach, and fruits.

2. Take some time out for jogging, swimming or even a relaxing walk. Take advantage of the brighter days and go to the park with your family or with a friend or two. This will definitely help you rejuvenate.

3. Watch out for the seasonal cold. You might believe that winter is the best season to catch a cold but during spring most people have a tendency to catch a cold or even flu. So avoid crowded places where viruses lurk, and maintain a good nutritional supplement regime.

4. Spring allergies arrive at the onset of spring. If you know that you are allergic to pollen it is best to use air filters indoors during these few weeks, and consult with a medical practitioner on appropriate preventative measures and medications, so that allergies do not overcome you.

5. As you will be spending more and more time outdoors don’t forget to use sunscreen to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Protect your nose, lips and ears as they tend to get burned a lot more easily.

Some important ingredients to help through spring…

Vitamin D: Studies have shown that people who wake up earlier are healthier than night owls who completely miss the morning light. Especially after our long winter with no light, it will do you good to take advantage of the early morning light and the vitamin D it gives.

Antioxidants: Antioxidants are important components found in food that help to regulate bodily activities such as digestion and breathing! Some of the better known antioxidants include beta-carotene in carrots and vitamin C in orange juice. There are over 5,000 antioxidant components, including other vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals such as carotenoids, flavonoids, and phenols which can be found in good, antioxidant-rich spring food sources.

Grape Seed Extract: An ingredient that is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect human cells from oxidation. This is a good thing, because oxidation of cells can lead to cell damage, which can lead to the beginning of degenerative diseases. Antioxidants, because they stop or slow down the oxidation of cells, are known to have a broad range of health benefits.

Omega: Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health but the body can’ t make them – you have to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafood including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.

It is important to have a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 in the diet. It does also play a role in assisting protect the skin from damaging effects of the sun.

Probiotics: Probiotics are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut. They are also called “friendly bacteria” or “good bacteria.” Probiotics are available in foods and dietary supplements. By consuming foods with probiotics, you can increase the number of healthy bacteria, boost your immunity, and promote a healthy digestive system.

Review your current nutritional, fitness and skincare regimes and make some positive changes that will benefit you in the long-term.

Spring time is the best time to cleanse your system and start afresh.


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