Yes, we are all looking forward to the good weather, more sun, longer days, enjoying time with friends on the terraces...
In addition to all of the above, the spring equinox has another hidden side . It's called asthenia .
You may not know what we're talking about. It is not well known because, in the scientific community, there is a lot of debate around its existence, since it is not considered a disease, but rather an adaptive disorder. Since there is no disease, there is no treatment, neither pharmacological nor psychotherapeutic.
However, the symptoms are repeated, numerous and can last up to two weeks. This is a feeling of fatigue, lack of energy, difficulties falling asleep or loss of appetite .
Why does it occur and how to avoid it? Keep reading.
WHY DOES SPRING ASTHENIA OCCUR AND WHO DOES IT AFFECT?
In addition to having to adapt to the new schedule, in spring there are common temperature changes; We have cold days and very hot days. These contrasts can cause us to release histamine, even more so in the case of women, because estrogens (female hormone) also cause them to have higher levels of histamine in the body.
Are there no more causes?
Yes, people who have allergies, emotional disorders, low levels of Vit D accumulated in the winter and poor intestinal microbiota are more likely to suffer from Spring Asthenia.
HOW CAN WE FIGHT IT?
There is no magic remedy or universal laws, but there are a series of recommendations that we can follow:
- Eliminate substances that are toxic to our body: alcohol, tobacco, excess substances that excite us...
- Reduce stress and dedicate time to disconnect: organize your work day and reserve time to enjoy nature and have those moments of disconnection.
- Do moderate exercise: if during the winter you have spent most of your time "hibernating like a bear" your body suffers. We are made to move and our genes wait for that movement to express themselves correctly.
- Get enough rest: you have to leave space for the body to repair itself, to adapt to the new circumstances of temperature, light, substances such as pollen that are not abundant in winter... While you eat and are awake there are other functions more important than repairing.
Help yourself with a healthy diet.
Do not eat industrial foods and try to incorporate echinacea, spirulina or propolis.
It also helps to eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as currants, kiwi, baobab or green vegetables, but be careful with citrus fruits, which cause higher levels of histamine in the body, and therefore should not be abused. from them.
Foods that have antihistamine or activity-reducing properties also help, such as saffron, black cumin, basil, thyme, chamomile, ginger, nettle, turmeric, garlic (especially black garlic), buckwheat ( in bread, pasta or flour), or onion (especially the outermost layers).
We hope that it has become a little clearer to you what Asthenia is, but above all that you can take action to combat it and that in the worst case, it is temporary.
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