Spring Health Benefits

The sun is out just a little bit later, we’re peeling off the winter clothing and there’s that certain je ne sais quoi on the breeze after it rains. Spring has sprung!

Today is officially the first day of spring, and we can’t wait to soak up all the health benefits this season has to offer. Some of our favorites are in the slideshow below. Let us know in the comments your healthy reason to love spring!

Fruits And Veggies Are At Their Prime

The bounty of fresh produce available in the spring has us drooling. While you can find many of your favorites year-round, now is the time to revel in local, seasonal goodies.

Daylight, Daylight, Daylight

In the winter, vitamin-D-producing sunlight can be hard to come by. A lack of this important nutrient can put your bones at risk, hurt your immunity and impair healthy muscle and nerve functioning. Come spring, you can more easily soak up what your body needs. (Just remember not to spend too much time in the sun without protecting yourself with SPF!)

Those golden rays may also help lighten the load of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression most commonly experienced during the dark and dreary fall and winter months. Studies have shown that many people with SAD see their symptoms improve when exposed to bright light, WebMD reported, meaning springtime exposure can lead to sunnier dispositions.

Warmer Temps Mean More Time Outside

And more time outside means better mental and physical health. As temperatures rise, you’ll be more inclined to venture outdoors. Research suggests that spending time in nature can seriously improve your health, from reducing stress and lowering blood pressure to even fighting cancer. A small Japanese study from 2008 linked time spent in the woods with a significant jump in white blood cells.

Calorie Burn Climbs

So what if that New Year’s Resolution ran out of gas in February? You might find yourself more motivated to stick to a new routine with the onset of warmer weather, exercise physiologist Amy Dixon told Self.com. It’s not too hot outside yet, and all of a sudden bathing suit season is around the corner!

De-Germing Does A Body Good

Spring cleaning sounds like a bore, but ridding your home, car, office or playroom of bacteria, mold, dust and other grime can keep you free of spring colds and help you cope better with seasonal allergies.  Plus, all that window washing and floor sweeping burns some calories, too — about 85 for every 30 minutes of cleaning, to be exact.

Your Efforts Pay Off

If you’ve been trying for a little one all winter, you might find your luck has changed come spring. Just like the blossoms all around you, you might be more fertile in warmer weather, according to a 2010 study. The researchers examined more than 1,900 women undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment and found one particular hormone was higher in the spring and a 45 percent higher fertilization rate during the season.

 

source; Huffington Post – Healthy Living

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