Spring fever: do not beat it, prevent it!
Right now we are in danger. The last days of winter are upon us, that means spring fever is just around the corner. You can do two things about it: either you wait for it to happen and beat it or you prevent it from happening. The strange thing is, you have to do the same thing in both cases.
There are certain illnesses that attack us in an instant, out of the blue, and we can't do anything about them. Spring fever is not amongst them.
What is spring fever actually?
It's important to note that it is not an illness. It is a temporary condition in which the body adapts to the seasonal change between winter and spring. In winter daytimes are shorter, the sun almost never shines down on us (when it would, we are working in the office or studying in the school), therefore more melatonin (also known as sleep hormone) is being produced, in other words, we tend to be more sleepy. In the same time, serotonin (hormone of happiness) levels are starting to hit rock bottom.
Then, all of a sudden, the tables are turned. We suddenly set the clocks 1 hour forward, we finally get some heavenly daylight, our biological clock gets confused because these changes are too drastic to handle. This is when the following symptoms occur:
- weakness and/or weariness
- frequent headaches
- mild dizziness
- depression, moodiness
Wait, there's more: with bad nutrition, you can make spring fever even worse. Our diet nowadays contains insufficient quantities of fruits and vegetables, and even when you think the quantity is sufficient for the fight against spring fever, you're wrong.
Several studies have shown (Gödöllő University of Agricultural Sciences for example) that fruits and vegetables do not contain the same quantities of vitamins and minerals nowadays like they used to back in the day, but they contain much more pesticides in exchange.
The study has shown that for example, Cabbage's vitamin content decreased by 95% from 1966 to 1990.
This leads us to the harsh truth: you simply cannot eat adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables in order to cover your daily vitamin needs. If this applies (it does) to normal persons, then this exponentially applies to people who work out or do sports – especially when spring fever is just around the corner. This is why you should take supplements alongside fruits and vegetables.
Don't believe us? See what the researchers had to say:
"With logical thinking, we have to see that the sustainable future – considering the overpopulation of our planet – lies in taking supplements, this theory has been backed up by the results of several studies searching for the causes of illnesses published in medical and scientific forums."
There's a solution!
It is a very human thing that we do not like to think about negative stuff, and this is the main reason we invest little to no energy in prevention, we only act when there is trouble already. This is not very smart.
Smart people prevent problems from happening. I'll give you a recipe – better me than your doctor, believe me. You have to consume vegetables and fruits, and you also have to take supplements. When it comes to boosting your immune system, the two most important vitamins are Vitamin C and Vitamin D3, but of course, you also need all the other vitamins too.
If this is a recipe, let's talk about quantities. We can say that you can't take enough Vitamin C, despite Daily Values (DV) tells us we only need 60 mg of Vitamin C. While this hilarious quantity would be maybe adequate for a normal person in summer, when getting cold is nearly impossible, and there is no epidemic, there is no spring fever, but right now we need much more if we want to prevent illnesses.
Vitamin C helps to maintain the normal function of immune system even when you're doing hard workouts. This is a water-soluble vitamin, you can't overdose it, so it is recommended to take as much as 1-3 grams of it day by day.
Vitamin D has three "versions". For us, humans, the most important compounds in this group are vitamin D3, which is also known as "sunshine" vitamin. This is fat-soluble, and the body can create it from direct sunlight, so it is logical that if we cannot take a nice sunbath every day, we have to look for other options for adequate Vitamin D3 intake.
In contrary to the past, doctors nowadays are recommending not 20, but up to 4000 NE of Vitamin D intake a day in winter and when we can't take a sunbath. Studies have shown that lack of Vitamin D3 can lead to depression, which occurs more frequently in winter because of low serotonin levels.
What else do we need?
Besides Vitamin C and D3, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, Q10 are also very important, and with Omega-3 can also fight (or prevent) depression. A good multivitamin product contains all of the vitamins listed above.
Ok, now you already know the recipe, it is all on you now: do you wait for it to happen, or you prevent it from happening?
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