Are you ready for spring?
...or could you do with a little help?
The weather in spring is without doubt the most unpredictable of all of the seasons. Summer is mostly hot, winter is mostly cold, but spring can be a mix of both, with changes on a daily, or even hourly basis.
Changes in the weather can be unsettling and many people experience unexpected changes in their health along with the changing weather. Some frequent issues include allergies like hay fever, headaches, joint pain, tiredness, fatigue and mood changes. People susceptible to headaches report more frequent episodes due to the changeable spring weather in comparison to summer or winter. Many people suffering from arthritis or chronic back pain note a worsening of these conditions on stormy, cold or damp days, which improves as the temperature increases and becomes more predictable.
The weather can certainly influence how we feel, not in the same way or intensity for all of us, but enough to make a difference. Sunshine most likely plays an important role. We have special sensors in our eyes and they transmit the intensity of light to our brains which in turn influences our biological and hormonal rhythms along with our concentration, alertness and mood.
The ultraviolet radiation in sunlight helps us to produce vitamin D which has important vital functions for our skin, health and well-being. Warm weather also provides us with ideal temperatures, we don’t need to sweat to cool down or move about or shiver to keep warm. Significantly higher or lower temperatures take us out of our comfort zone and plays on our emotions and the health that results from them.
Can the spring weather really make us sick?
In Australia, pollen and dust can irritate the eyes, nose and lungs, particularly in those with allergies. The moist air that accompany seasonal thunderstorms can also break up pollen and pollution into smaller particles which are more easily inhaled deep into the lungs and set off asthma attacks. Warm and moist conditions may also stimulate the release of fungal spores which can also set off allergies in some people.
All this aside spring is a transformative season where rebirth and regeneration shows us just how beautiful nature can be. What better time for recharging and renewing our health and wellbeing, both inside and out.
Boost your immunity during seasonal changes with these nutritious and vitamin rich products from Nutraviva:
At Nutraviva, we’re all about transparency. We’re happy to tell you where our high-quality products come from and what goes into them. Browse our FAQs for more information about our supplements, or get in touch to ask us any questions.
The New Year period is a fantastic opportunity that we can all take to reflect upon the healthy living choices we make in our daily lives and how we can make informed, positive health choices in the future to improve overall quality of life. However, I feel we can all probably think of a time that health 'resolutions' and the well-intentioned goals that we set have been unsustainable for a range of reasons. Too often we find we are unintentionally setting ourselves up for failure…
Collagen is made up of 18 amino acids and is the most abundant protein in our body, making up around 30% of total human protein content. It is essential as it helps build strong fibres and connective tissue in our bodies. For this reason, collagen is commonly referred to as the ‘glue’ holding the body together as it ensures the integrity, elasticity and regeneration of our connective tissues.