Springtime fatigue – Doesn’t Have to Be!

The so-called springtime fatigue is spreading. Lack of concentration, listlessness and less performance are just a few of the side effects that springtime fatigue can bring with it.

In this article, Silvia Bürkle, from a scientific point of view, sheds light on the possible causes of springtime fatigue and what can be done about it.

With the beginning of spring, when nature awakens outside, crocuses sprout and the first daffodils peep out, many people feel tired and fatigue. The so-called springtime fatigue is spreading. Lack of concentration, listlessness and less performance are just a few of the side effects that springtime fatigue can bring with it. Despite sufficient sleep, one feels tired. It seems as if no recovery takes place, no matter how long the sleep lasts.

Causes of springtime fatigue

There can be various reasons for springtime fatigue however, it can be assumed that the hormone balance changes due to the changing temperature and light conditions. In particular, the body’s own hormones serotonin and melatonin are affected by the influence of light.

In addition to the essential amino acid tryptophan and vital substances, the body needs natural light stimuli to produce serotonin, our “good mood” hormone. In spring, when the days get longer and the body is exposed to more natural light, more serotonin is produced accordingly. On the other hand, the production of melatonin is reduced with increasing serotonin. Melatonin is the sleep hormone and in winter, in the dark season, is the hormone that is mostly present.

It is assumed that it is precisely this mechanism, the conversion and regulation of hormones in the body, that causes a lot of problems at the beginning of spring.

But also the temperature fluctuations that occur again and again in spring additionally stress the body, which is especially noticed by people with low blood pressure and those who are prone to weather sensitivity. When it gets warmer outside, the blood vessels dilate, causing blood pressure to drop even further. The consequence: One feels fatigue and tired.

Another cause of springtime fatigue may be the lack of vitamins, especially vitamin D. This vitamin can only be produced by the body with the help of daylight. Although it can also be stored for a while, vitamin D reserves are often reduced to a minimum at the end of winter and need to be replenished quickly.

The body usually takes two to four weeks to adjust to warmer temperatures and longer days. However, you can support the body with simple measures.

What can be done about springtime fatigue?

A good remedy for springtime fatigue is exercise in the fresh air, and spring with its slowly rising temperatures literally invites us to do so.  A daily walk increases well-being and outside activities leave little chance of springtime fatigue, as exercise boosts the circulation and stimulates the production of serotonin. Some scientists who deal with springtime fatigue point out that it is best to go outside for a longer period of time in the morning – without sunglasses – so that the light reaches the brain via the eye, and thus serotonin formation can be pushed even more effectively. An additional proven way to bring the circulation out of “hibernation” in spring is to take alternating showers or visit the sauna now and then.

In general, it is important not to give in to fatigue, this means, one should maintain one’s sleep rhythm and not sleep more than usual.

The right nutrition against springtime fatigue

Proper nutrition is also an important pillar for fighting springtime fatigue. While in winter, hearty meals that are high in fat and carbohydrates are preferred, in spring you should opt for a lighter diet. Fresh fruit and vegetables also provide plenty of vital substances, which are now particularly important for the body. Sprouts and the first wild herbs are very rich in vital nutrients and can enrich vegetables, salads or smoothies.

This does not mean that you should only eat vegetables – in the end, it depends on the right mix. Fish, meat, dairy products – protein foods – should also be on the menu. In addition to vitamins, essential amino acids such as tryptophan are also needed for the formation of hormones, such as serotonin. It is also important to drink enough water. This is because too little fluid in the body promotes poor concentration and fatigue, among other things.

Springtime fatigue does not have to be a necessary evil. Perhaps this should also be seen as an opportunity for a dietary change. The Metabolic Balance nutrition plan provides all the nutrients in the right proportions that the body needs to produce the body’s own hormones and enzymes in sufficient quantities to start fit and full of vitality. This also has the advantage that you can say goodbye at the same time to one or two kilos that have accumulated on your hips over the winter.

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Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

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Enzymes: Vital for Health

Enzymes – the conductors of metabolism

Enzymes are proteins which trigger, control and even accelerate many biochemical processes in the body. As catalysts, they cause other substances to carry out certain reactions. It is estimated that about 10,000 enzymes are active in the body. They are produced in cells, organs, bones and blood.

Each type of enzyme has its own specific range of action and cannot be used arbitrarily for other tasks. Specific digestive enzymes contained in saliva, pancreas, small intestinal secretions and gastric juice break down the food into its components and prepare the absorption of nutrients via the intestinal wall. In addition to energy production and protein formation, enzymes control the transport of various substances, establish the balance between the messenger substances and support the body’s own repair mechanisms.

Enzymes are involved in all chemical reactions that take place in the body and enable a smooth process. Enzymes are vital for keeping our body in homeostasis and ensuring that our cells are functioning properly.

If enzymes are missing

Enzymes are vital. Without them, the body would not be able to absorb carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins or minerals. In addition to controlling digestion, the production of hormones is another important task of enzymes. An enzyme deficiency can therefore have a variety of consequences and cause not only digestive problems but also serious, life-threatening diseases.

Enzyme deficiency often leads to poorly healing wounds, one becomes more susceptible to viral infections or has a tendency to arteriosclerosis, to name just a few examples. As soon as, for example, fewer fat-degrading enzymes are present, cholesterol deposits in the blood vessels can no longer be broken down properly. Migraines, which affect 12 percent of the population, can also be triggered by an enzyme deficiency as well as other factors.

Causes  of enzyme deficiency

A lack of enzymes can occur, for example, due to an unbalanced diet, diseases or old age. According to scientists, the main cause of enzyme deficiency today is the frequent consumption of highly processed, unnatural foods. This leads to a nutrient deficiency. The body no longer has sufficient vitamins and minerals available, which as coenzymes are crucial for the functioning of the enzymes.

A reduced function or a deficiency of enzymes leads to the accumulation of large amounts of free radicals, which can promote the development of chronic inflammation and accelerate the aging process.

Enzymes and body weight

Carbohydrates that are ingested with food are converted into energy by metabolic processes. Enzymes are needed for this. If there is an enzyme deficiency, then the body is in distress. The ingested carbohydrates cannot be sufficiently digested or metabolized, depending on the area in which the enzyme deficiency occurs. While undigested carbohydrates cause problems for the intestine, carbohydrates that cannot be converted into energy due to an enzyme deficiency are stored in body fat deposits. In light of this fact, it becomes clear: Additional pounds cannot always be melted by more exercise alone. It is therefore crucial to pay close attention to the diet and to prevent or correct an enzyme deficiency.

Remedy enzyme deficiency – but how?

For a well-functioning enzyme system, the body needs sufficient macro and micronutrients, i. e. the body needs mainly all 20 amino acids and numerous vitamins (B vitamins, vitamin C) and trace elements (zinc, iron, copper).

In addition to their broad spectrum of nutrients and vital substances, foods also supply the body with already active enzymes. Apart from exotic fruits, such as pineapple and papaya, local fruits and vegetables, especially eaten raw, are also very enzyme-rich. In general, raw foods are rich in enzymes that primarily serve food digestion and relieve the digestive organs, especially the pancreas. The pancreas is one of the organs that produces important digestive enzymes, such as lipases, peptidases and amylases for the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, and that can use every support well. Below are list of foods that are rich in enzymes!

Examples of foods rich in enzymes

Papaya

Contains abundant amounts of the enzyme papain, which can break down proteins into amino acids and also helps break down starch. A function that may be particularly beneficial for relieving pancreatic stress.

Pineapple

Is full of bromelain, a digestive enzyme that breaks down dietary proteins. In addition, bromelain can help alleviate pepsin and trypsin deficiencies.

Avocado

They contain the digestive enzyme lipase. This helps to digest fat molecules into smaller molecules, such as fatty acids and glycerin, which the body can absorb more easily.

Fermented vegetables

Fermentation changes food and usually makes it more digestible. During the fermentation process, the microorganisms form enzymes which, in combination with fiber, form a healthy basis for the intestinal bacteria.

Conclusion:

Enzymes that we ingest through food supports digestive enzymes, but cannot be directly absorbed by the body and used for metabolic processes, no matter how much enzyme-rich food is consumed, because enzymes are proteins and are also broken down during the digestive process. Therefore, it is equally important not only to focus on the consumption of enzyme-rich foods, but also to absorb numerous micronutrients that are useful for the body’s own synthesis of enzymes. With the Metabolic Balance nutrition program you get a healthy, balanced diet that can support both the digestive enzymes and the enzymes active in the metabolism. This is the basis for a balanced metabolism. 

Long Covid

Long Covid – anti-inflammatory diet as a basis for any therapy

According to scientists and scientific institutes, long covid or post covid are symptoms of illness that persist for twelve weeks or even longer after having been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen or a mutant thereof. Between 10 and 20 percent of all people are affected worldwide.

What are the long covid symptoms?
The most commonly recurring long-term effects after a SARS-CoV-2 infection include respiratory symptoms, chest pain, loss of smell and taste. Many people affected also complain about constant tiredness and fatigue, which severely impedes or even renders some patients unable to cope with everyday life.

Triggers for long covid symptoms
Scientists around the globe are currently researching the causes to find out what could ultimately trigger long covid. Scientists, for example, have been able to demonstrate that the shape and elasticity of the red blood cells have changed in some people suffering from long covid. As a result, not all cells are supplied with sufficient oxygen and nutrients because the red blood cells cannot cross barriers in the usual way. However, since red blood cells are renewed in the bone marrow at regular intervals (after about 120 days), these mutated blood cells presumably are only a side effect of the long covid symptoms.
Another hypothesis for the long covid disease is that the SARS-CoV-2 virus triggers chronic inflammation and even autoimmune disease. It seems that a Covid infection weakens the body to such an extent that the body cannot manage to eliminate the pathogen completely. Scientists were able to detect virus components in the blood and intestines, which presumably continue to constantly stimulate the immune system, which, in response, permanently releases pro-inflammatory messenger substances – a fact which then contributes to the various complaints.
Furthermore, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is thought to cause cell damage, and above all to destroy the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, or to severely impair their function.

Mitochondria, the energy suppliers of our body
All human cells, with the exception of red blood cells, contain mitochondria. Mitochondria have a wide range of functions: By burning carbohydrates and fats, they are primarily responsible for ensuring that the body has sufficient energy. Depending on the type of cell (heart, muscle, liver, stomach cells, etc.), there are 1,000 to 2,000 mitochondria. However, if more than 50% are damaged, the cell can no longer supply sufficient energy to maintain the necessary bodily functions. So this can be another explanation for the permanent tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue many people suffering from long covid have to deal with.

How nutrition can support people suffering from long covid
From a nutritional therapy perspective, an anti-inflammatory diet plays a key role in long covid, in order to counteract silent inflammation in the body. A predominantly alkaline diet offers the best protection against inflammation. It has a significant amount of vegetables, herbs, legumes, nuts and fruits. And these foods are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidant vital substances, such as vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins. Moreover, they also provide plenty of magnesium, copper, selenium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. However, it is equally important that protein, fat and carbohydrates are consumed in the right proportions to both provide the immune system and organs with sufficient nutrients and energy, and above all to relieve the mitochondria in order for them to regenerate.

Carbohydrates – what is important?
We all know that carbohydrates are the body’s energy suppliers. Therefore, in case of fatigue, it seems logical to consume more carbohydrates in order to provide the body with plenty of fuel. But this is not a solution in the context of long covid – on the contrary: the cells do not have enough functional mitochondria available for the amount of carbohydrates that are consumed. Consequently, only a small portion of the carbohydrates can actually be converted into energy. The excess carbohydrates are converted into fat and stored in the fat depots, which not only act as energy stores, but are metabolically very active and can severely influence the rest of the body.

When the fat cells grow
As a matter of fact, no one is happy about excessive weight gain – no matter where the body fat accumulates. Abdominal fat even poses a major health risk, since hormones and various other substances can cause inflammation in the body or further fuel already existing inflammation, as is the case with long covid, among others.
Although it has long been known that fat per se is not detrimental to health and is not solely responsible for fat deposits, there still is the erroneous opinion that people live healthier or eat better if they consume “light products”. In fact, dietary fat provides monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids as well as essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 fatty acids, some of which the body cannot produce itself, but which are vital for many metabolic processes and play a major role in the fight against silent inflammation. Therefore, you should not avoid fat, but consciously prefer foods with natural fat content and use high-quality oils in your diet.

Proteins for a strong immune system
About 2 pounds of protein keep us healthy – that’s about the amount our immune system needs. Our immune cells and other defense substances mainly consist of amino acids. Certain amino acids also serve as “fuel,” meaning that while organ cells use carbohydrates for energy, immune cells need branched amino acids for this purpose. In the event of an infection, we require more protein because the immune cells have to divide, multiply and form antibodies very quickly within a very short period of time. Often our body then helps itself to the muscle protein, since not enough protein is supplied through food. Studies have shown that already during a one-week flu, half of the protein that the immune system needs is broken down. And it probably is the same in case of a SARS-CoV-2 infection, with the consequence that in the course of time more and more muscle mass is lost, which must be rebuilt as quickly as possible with high-quality protein.

Conclusion:
If we injure ourselves, such as a cut in the finger or get a bruise, we support the body as a matter of course with ointment and bandages in order to restore its functionality as quickly as possible. It should be just as natural to offer the body all nutrients and vital substances through food, to optimally “care” for it so that cells, tissues and organs are sufficiently supplied. But often people do not really know what the body needs when concretely. General dietary recommendations and rules, such as watching your weight and eating less fat and sweets, are usually not enough. The Long Covid Rehabilitation (LCR) Program can support every person suffering from long covid. the LCR being a nutritional program specifically designed to regenerate the mitochondria and strengthen the immune system. Here, a tailor-made nutrition plan is created on the basis of your individual blood values, taking into account the respective long covid symptoms. Specific attention is paid to the distribution of macronutrients. At the same time, foods with a high content of vital substances, especially magnesium, zinc, selenium, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids are chosen for the plan. Thus, with the LCR program, you can regain vitality and life energy step by step.

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Zinc

The trace element zinc is strongly involved in metabolism. It supports wound healing, promotes vision in combination with vitamin A, controls hormonal balance, promotes regeneration of skin and hair, supports the pancreas in the production of insulin and finally, zinc strengthens the immune system by performing important functions in the production of defense cells. Zinc deficiency can be prevented by including more often red meat, seafood, dairy products, wheat germ, oatmeal, Brazil nuts, mushrooms and lentils in the diet.

Variety Is a Must

One mistake many people make when preparing a salad is to only use one type of lettuce. It makes much more sense to mix different varieties, because the ingredients and properties differ. Mixing several varieties such as arugula, spinach, and iceberg lettuce for example gives the body more minerals and vitamins in the same serving size. Also, in regards taste, it is a change to mix in spinach, coleslaw or even red cabbage in addition to the classic lettuce.

Weight and Hormones

Did you know that your weight can be dictated by your hormones? Common hormones that can cause weight fluctuations include:

➡️Insulin⁠

➡️Leptin⁠

➡️Cortisol⁠

➡️Estrogen⁠

At Metabolic Balance our focus is to reset and balance your metabolism and hormones using a food plan that is uniquely designed for you.

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