Spring is a good time to do a self-evaluation and to take steps to improve your health. Here are 6 steps for that.
- Sleep: When we sleep our body heals. I think of it as recharging our batteries. Just as we see the plants blooming, so can we. What does this have to do with sleep? The better our sleep, the more energy and better mood we have.
- Get out in the sun for 15 to 30 minutes per day. Ancient medical traditions are being validated by modern experience. Exposure to the sun improves our well being. The globalepidemic of low vitamin D can be attributed to our staying inside away from full spectrum light. Low vitamin D levels have been associated with increased risk of mortal illness.
- Exercise: Get your juices flowing. Exercise is the medium our body uses to clean out our “plumbing” including our lymphatics as well as our blood vessels. This is especially important as our environment becomes increasingly toxic with chemicals and organisms that seem to be more virulent than in past decades.
- Food: Learn to eat more vegetables of many varieties. Include green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, asparagus, artichoke, avocado, cabbage, beets and beet greens, bell pepper, brussels sprouts, capers, carrots, celery, celery root (a different form of celery), chard, cilantro, cucumber, daikon (white radish), dandelion, eggplant, garlic, a range of chili peppers, jicima, kale, varieties of lettuce, Jerusalem artichoke, leek, mushrooms, mustard greens, onion, parsley, parsnip, peas (English, snap), potato, sweet potato/yam, rutabaga, shallots, spinach, squash (winter, summer) tomato, turnip and waterchestnut. Add spices for more variety.
- Supplements: Ideally, whole food derived supplements are better in terms of providing more of what we need. I suggest a multiple vitamin and mineral, vitamin C and essential fatty acids (like fish oil). There are many more for different conditions.
- See your health care practitioner for support this spring.