FlowersThe smell of springtime is in the air as we enter April. An old joke goes, why are people so tired in April? Because they just went through 31 days of March.

Cleanse Your Body with Fruits and Vegetables

Spring time is the perfect time to cleanse your body of all the heavy foods you have eaten from the past winter. From the holiday meals of meatloaf, turkey and other comfort foods our bodies needed during the cold winter season to stay warm, it is time to shed those extra pounds.

Rather than fasting to rid yourself of the heavy foods, there are a range of diet options available to keep a healthy lifestyle such as drinking more organic fruit juices and eating more vegetables. Combining more organic fruits and vegetables to your meals, you should also eat lighter meals. Because our body has adapted to a heavy foods rich in nutrient vitamins, as we cleanse our bodies with lighter meals it is recommended to take daily vitamins after meals to help your body adjust.

Exercise and Stay Hydrated With Plenty of Water

As the weather warms and the days get longer, thanks to Daylight Savings Time, we receive more sunlight and more opportunities to continue our exercise program we’ve started from the New Year. Remember exercises can be light such as walking an hour a day after meals. If you are on a more rigid exercise program, it is important to drink water to keep your body hydrated. Especially as the weather warms up, you will be sweating more easily.

Water is important to our bodies as two thirds of the human body is made up of water. There are several advantages of drinking water. For starters water helps our bodies to metabolize stored fat. Water also acts as an appetite suppressant. When we consume enough water it helps our bodies to feel full, and makes us less likely to snack on unhealthy options.

The suggested amount of water intake is eight to ten glasses of water per day; however this amount can vary depending on the amount of fluid loss. If you exercise a lot and loose more fluid through sweating, you should consume more water.

Dealing With Springtime Weather Change and Allergies

The change of weather patterns and the start of flowers blooming can cause havoc on many people who suffer allergies. These allergies can be caused by hay, pollen or contaminants in the air. Allergy sufferers dread this season because of the consistent symptoms that happen year after year. The typical watery and itchy eyes to the constant sniffle and sneezing.

To deal with allergies and these symptoms, it is recommended is to maintain that healthy diet by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Exposing our bodies to more natural foods can help combat allergies because our body will be better equipped to naturally detect and fend off these allergens.

Shingletown Medical Center Board Members and Staff wish you a “Healthy” and “Happy” Spring!