Spring is here, good weather, sunshine, flowers, warmer temperatures… A fantasy! But all that glitters is not gold and with these seasonal changes, many people feel tired, anxious and even fatigued. This is known as spring asthenia and although not everyone knows what it is, many people suffer from it. That’s why at CCHealth we’ve put together a list of foods to combat spring asthenia, so you no longer have any excuses to start spring with your batteries recharged!
But… What is spring asthenia?
Spring asthenia is not an illness, but a temporary period in which the body has to adapt to the seasonal changes of spring. When our organism does not assimilate these changes, we feel an enormous sense of tiredness and weakness. The name itself suggests this, as “asthenia” is a word of Greek origin meaning “without strength”.
This springtime tiredness, in addition to weather changes, is largely due to the alteration of our daily routines. The time change is back, the days are longer, the weather is good… everything encourages us to spend more time out of the house and if we don’t maintain healthy lifestyle habits, this takes its toll on our body.
But don’t set alarm bells ringing, this tiredness will pass in a couple of weeks. Spring asthenia usually lasts between 10 and 20 days, so there’s nothing to worry about. However, if the fatigue lasts for more than a month, you should see a doctor.
Although its name is not so popular, spring asthenia is more common than you might think and it is estimated that it could affect almost half of the population. However, there is a particular profile of people who are more likely to suffer from it. These are:
- People aged between 20 and 50
- Urban dwellers
- Shift workers
Spring asthenia: symptoms
The most common effects of spring asthenia are fatigue, tiredness, lack of motivation, problems concentrating and falling asleep, among others. Sleep disturbances can end up leading to changes in appetite or mood swings, among other problems. In addition, spring asthenia can also cause headaches, muscle aches, fever, dizziness and even anxiety.
Foods to combat spring asthenia
If you’ve come this far, you may be wondering how to beat spring asthenia. Well, if you lead a healthy lifestyle, you don’t need to change your routines too much. The most important thing is to maintain a good sleep and exercise routine along with a balanced diet. But what is certain is that there are a number of foods to combat spring asthenia that will make you feel better.
Here are our remedies for spring asthenia!
Cocoa, as long as it is pure, is our best ally in moments of greatest fatigue. It helps concentration, stimulates the central nervous system and… Who are we kidding? An ounce of chocolate improves everyone’s mood. It stimulates the serotonin hormone, which is responsible for reducing anxiety and stress.
Our mothers and grandmothers have always repeated ad nauseam that bananas contain potassium, and they are right! They are an indispensable food in the diet of any athlete as they are a great source of energy, tryptophan and carotenes. They are also a natural antidepressant.
Nuts and dried fruit
Nuts are a great source of energy, perfect against spring asthenia. Pipes, walnuts, hazelnuts and pistachios contain a high percentage of healthy fats, vitamins and amino acids. And if you like cashew nuts, all the better, as they provide iron, zinc, folic acid and reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, thus helping to keep both bones and muscles in shape.
In previous posts we have already talked about the importance of vitamin C for athletes. But its properties do not end there; vitamin C is also a great ally for overcoming spring asthenia. As well as helping to reduce fatigue, it strengthens our defences and is involved in the formation of bones and collagen. So now you know, if you didn’t do it before, it’s time to incorporate fruits such as citrus fruits, strawberries or kiwis into your diet.
Both green and white asparagus contain a multitude of nutrients, a high percentage of fibre and antioxidants that will help alleviate the symptoms of spring asthenia. They are also a seasonal product.
And to complement your diet, there’s nothing better than the CCHealth supplement. Our secret formula combines the energy of vitamin C with the properties of chromium and vitamin B6 to help reduce anxiety.
So now you know, let nothing stop you from enjoying spring!