Spring has officially sprung (for the most part , and we can all look forward to the warmer temperatures, longer days, and new growth that comes with the season! Spring is a time to shake off the long, cold, winter months and reinvigorate the body and mind. I am happy to share with you some of my favourite health tips for spring – simple things you can practice, foods you can eat, and affirmations to refresh & renew! You may already know these things, but let them be a reminder and inspire you to take care of yourself this spring….Happy Easter to you and your families, and as always I look forward to hearing from you!
~Dr. Bronwyn Hill, ND
Dr. Bronwyn’s Top Tips for Spring
1. Eat your Greens:
Green leafy veggies are coming into season! There are so many reasons to eat more green vegetables; they pack a serious nutritional punch (vitamins A, C, K, calcium, magnesium, potassium), are a rich source of anti-aging antioxidants, and the phytochemicals these foods contain decrease inflammation in the body. Furthermore, green ruffage (and all the chlorophyll it contains) has a gentle detoxifying effect on the liver – so make a conscious choice to include more greens in your diet to do some internal cleaning. Try including fresh salad greens, spinach, chard, kale, fennel, kohlrabi, dandelion greens, watercress, and fresh herbs like parsley, dill, cilantro and basil. Sprouts are another great food for spring – a rich source of digestible nutrients, protein & enzymes.
2. Bump up the Fibre:
Dietary fibre is essential for maintaining digestive health & regularity, stable blood sugar levels, and appetite control. In addition, fibre does an excellent job of detoxifying the body by binding up toxins, cholesterol & hormones and pulling them out via the bowels. Whole grains, beans & legumes, vegetables and berries are all good sources of fibre – but try chia seeds for a portable & convenient way to boost your daily intake. Chia seeds are also a rich source of heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Try them on top of cereal, yogurt & fruit, even salads – and remember to drink plenty of water with your fibre!
3. Get Active Outdoors
We were blessed with some early warm temperatures – which gets everyone outside for a few days – but make an effort to get fresh air and sunshine every day. Even if it is just 15 minutes, a quick walk during lunch or some deep breaths in the sun light – I am always amazed by how energizing the fresh air is! Try getting outside the next time you feel sluggish & sleepy, before going for another caffeine or sugar boost. Exercise is also known to encourage the release of feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphins – its the best natural mood-enhancer out there! Lastly – don’t be afraid to stop and smell the spring flowers; literally – its good for you too…
4. Try something NEW!
The energy of the season makes this a great time to invest in yourself and break up your daily routine with something fun and invigorating. It might be a new food or recipe, a new exercise routine or class, a new book or cd, even a new haircut! It does not matter so much what it is – but that it energizes you and challenges you to let go of old habits and old attitudes! Be conscious about what feels good to you – and go for it! New activities, new people, new ideas and attitudes – all faciliate mental and emotional cleansing.