Raise your hand if you love Spring. If so, you’re not alone: the longer days, warmer weather, blooming bulbs, and blossoms on every tree bring a smile to many Kiwi faces
Over Winter, it’s not unusual to end up eating more comfort food than you’d like, and spend most of your time indoors where it’s warm and dry. Once Spring arrives, though, it’s time to get more active outside again – and that means ensuring you’re eating to support your energy levels.
Factors to think about include:
While some people find the sudden explosion of colour as everything bursts into bloom romantic, for others, it’s a source of intense misery. Seasonal allergies happen when your immune system misidentifies pollen (or other airborne allergens) as a threat, and then takes steps to neutralise that threat. This causes the red, itchy eyes; streaming sinuses and frequent sneezing that characterise hay fever.
To support your body during hay fever season, experts recommend:
Most of us need to allow our body clocks to adjust when we lose an hour as Daylight Savings finishes. However, the time change seems to hit some of us harder than other. This is actually biological. It’s based in areas of your brain that help your body to recognise time passing, and that control daily cycles like sleep, temperature and hormone release.
While your body clock’s ability to tell time is partly in-built, it also relies on external changes in light for clues about what should happen when.
The good news is that this means you can use light to help your body clock adjust more smoothly. For example, you can:
Of course, Spring comes with a wealth of positives too. As the weather gets warmer, we can spend more time outside (and shed a few layers of clothes while we’re at it). And with all the blossoming flowers, it’s easier to take time out to “stop and smell the roses”. But if Spring isn’t your favourite time of year, these recommendations may help you to enjoy the season more.
Try them, and let us know how you go.
Date:Thursday, 1 June 2017