As soon as the gray and dull winter has passed, many people are plagued by fatigue, tiredness and dizziness. Now our body needs exercise, vitamins and help from nature.
During the winter months, when the sun is less abundant and less vigorous, our body produces less serotonin, the “good-mood hormone”, but more so the sleep-inducing melatonin. Due to the changed hormone balance in spring many people experience mood swings and sleep disturbances. Long walks in the forest, on the beach and in the mountains, so wherever the air is fresh and clean, now is good for the body.
Like many other spring plants, dandelion with bitter substances stimulates the digestive system and the detoxification organs, has a purifying and diuretic function and thus helps to combat the tiredness of spring. For a brew, place leaves and roots in cold water overnight, boil briefly with the soaking water for the next day and leave to infuse for ten minutes. Then remove the plant parts. Drink around one liter of it daily. Young dandelion leaves are also suitable for spicy salads. A tea can also be prepared with its flowers. For this put 3 to 4 flowers in a tea strainer in a cup, dash with boiling hot water and let steep for 10 minutes. Drink two cups daily for six weeks, then pause for two weeks before you start again, if you need to.
Get out of bed and enjoy the day – this is often difficult for people suffering from spring fatigue. They feel listless and lethargic. Headaches and dizziness do the rest. Then peppermint oil can help revive the weary mind. Just gently massage the fragrant oil into the temples and enjoy the refreshing effect. The fragrance has a positive effect on the psyche and immediately raises the mood. If you want, you can also add the essential oil in a aroma lamp and distribute the pleasant smell throughout the room.
In order to cope with the natural hormone change in the spring, our body needs more protein than usual. Legumes, whole grains, eggs and non-greasy dairy products should now be more frequently on the menu. Those who do sports regularly suffer less from spring tiredness. All endurance sports such as running or cycling are well suited, at least twice a week for about 30 to 45 minutes. This is how our circulation really gets going.
Anyone who regularly goes to the sauna or takes contrast showers is much less likely to be affected by spring fatigue. The healthy change between hot and cold really gets the circulation moving. If you want to get started slowly, start with morning changing showers of your legs and arms. Even this small application helps to start the day in a lively way.
The small seeds of the foxtail amaranth have it all in: Fiber, zinc, iron, magnesium and calcium make them a fuel of nature, that expels the fatigue in no time. In addition, the nutty-tasting amaranth stimulates serotonin production, so we feel really happy. Cook a handful of seeds in a liter (2 pint) of vegetable broth or salted water for about 15 minutes and enjoy as a side dish or in salads.
St. John’s wort
Those who prefer to crawl under the covers in spring rely on the mood-enhancing ingredients of the yellow flowering St. John’s wort. For a tea for depressive moods, listlessness and exhaustion, pour two teaspoons of the herb into 200 ml (7 fl oz) of water, leave to draw for ten minutes and strain. Drink three cups a day and it’s already getting better. The effect, however, is only gradually, so regular intake is particularly important.
With the first warm rays of sunshine in March and April show the small flowers of the blackthorn. Their ingredients give new strength in spring fatigue and strengthen the immune system. For a liqueur, pour a handful of flowers with 1 tbsp of honey into a bottle. Fill with 500 ml (1 pint) of dry white wine and place in a bright place for a week. Shake regularly, then filter. Drink a small glass every day.
Fruits and vegetables
Nutrition can also be a source of spring fatigue when the body demands vitamins and minerals. Because all the greasy and sweet delicacies that we have indulged in during the cold months lead to sluggishness and a slowed metabolism. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables can help to balance out possible nutritional deficiencies, get the digestive system going, and detoxify the body.
One of the mood-enhancing ingredients of chocolate is tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes the formation of serotonin in the body. It is important not to reduce the positive effect of the substance by too much sugar. The cocoa content should therefore be as high as possible. Even better are cocoa nibs, peeled cocoa beans that have been broken into small pieces and dried. They taste slightly bitter and have a subtle chocolate note – ideal for cereals, homemade pastries and as a snack.