The arrival of spring can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, energy levels and moods typically improve. But on the other, trees and flowers start budding, which can spell respiratory misery. The good news is, by following these five spring health tips you can make the most of the season.
Spring Health Tip #1: Use Natural Allergy Remedies
Every spring, millions of people sniffle and sneeze their way through a world suddenly bursting with pollen. Although plenty of allergy drugs are available to help ease the symptoms, most of them either cause drowsiness or over-stimulation. Fortunately, there are several effective, safe, and natural allergy remedies you can use instead. Some of my favorites include EpiCor, stinging nettle extract, n-acetyl cysteine, bromelain, and quercetin. Look for them in combination formulas or as stand-alone supplements, and use as directed.
Spring Health Tip #2: Reap the Benefits of Gardening
Gardening supports your health in multiple ways. For starters, an hour of gardening can burn as many calories as a 3½ mile brisk walk. Other benefits of gardening include improved strength, flexibility, and agility. Research has also shown that tending to a garden has a positive effect on emotional well-being. So if you haven’t gardened before, you might want to give it a try.
Spring Health Tip #3: Take a Short Walk Every Day
When it comes to exercise, one of my favorite activities is walking because it can be done by just about anyone. The health benefits of walking are also diverse and include blood sugar control, bone and cardiovascular support, and enhanced mood and sleep, to name a few.
Fortunately, you don’t need to walk for hours to gain these benefits. In fact, a brisk 15-minute walk every day is all you need. But, if you can work 20–30 minutes of walking into your daily routine, you’ll likely notice even greater results.
Spring Health Tip #4: Improve Your Golf Game With Phosphatidylserine
If you’re a golfer, beyond employing natural allergy remedies to keep the effects of pollen at bay, you’ll appreciate another way to help ensure the best game possible. Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a key ingredient in many memory supplements. In addition to supporting optimal brain cell function, PS is also reported to lower levels of stress hormones and improve sense of well-being. But research suggests it may also help with your golf game.
German researchers recruited healthy golfers and evaluated their heart rates, stress levels, and the quality of their ball flights. They then gave the golfers bars containing 200 mg of PS or placebo bars to take daily for 42 days. When they were retested, the scientists found that stress rates dropped and the number of good ball flights improved in the PS group. No improvements were noted in those taking the placebo. (Heart rates remained unchanged in both groups.)
To get your golf game up to par—and to boost your memory and cognitive function—take 200 mg of PS daily for two or three months, then taper down to a maintenance dose of 100 mg per day. PS is available in combination and stand-alone supplements.
Spring Health Tip #5: Detoxify Your Body
“Spring cleaning” is often synonymous with detoxification, and while I’m not opposed to the concept per se (and have even recommended it in the past), I now believe a better approach is to include detox support in your daily regimen year-round. Why?
Every second of every day, your body’s internal detox mechanisms are blocking, filtering, neutralizing, and excreting hazardous chemicals and compounds, as well as harmful byproducts of normal metabolism. It’s an ongoing process and optimal health depends on it.
Detox support must therefore be part of your daily health regimen, and a quality daily multivitamin and mineral supplement should be a primary component. Beyond that, other daily detox therapies I recommend include plenty of water, a good diet rich in antioxidants, and supplements that enhance liver health.
That said, fasting and physician-administered therapies like chelation to remove lead, mercury, and other heavy metals also have proven benefits for detoxification, particularly if your toxic burden is high. So if you truly want to “spring clean” your body, now might be a good time to consider one of these therapies.
Now it’s your turn: Do you have any spring health tips you’d like to share?