Spring Cleaning for Your Health

Spring is in the air! It’s an exciting time filled with sunshine, fresh produce, the start of baseball season, and ah you guessed it…pollen! It’s time to put away all the bulky winter clothes and bust out those shorts and cleaning supplies. You’ve probably heard of spring cleaning for your house, so why not do some spring cleaning for your health?

Our bodies are kind of like cars, every now and then we need to recharge them. The gloomy winter days make it easy to curl up under the covers and stay sedentary, but now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time for a fresh start. Here are some ways to reboot your health.

    1. Clean out your refrigerator:
      • Take inventory of what you have so that you can use up what’s already existing and reduce food waste.
      • Check dates! Do you feel like your frigerated door is overloaded with mysterious condiments? Go through and toss out all the outdated bottles. Especially that bottle of mustard that expired way back in 2017. We all know we have one of those bottles in our fridge.
      • Clean the drawers and shelves with warm water and soap, so that you have a clean, inviting space to store your food.

    1. Stock on up on spring produce:
      • Winter is a time where we crave all the comfort foods, which are usually high in fat and sugar. Now that      spring is in full bloom, that means fresh produce is in season. Fruits and vegetables are very nutrient dense  and are loaded with tons of vitamins and minerals. These nutrients are beneficial to our health, and            research has shown that a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies may reduce the risk of cancer and other      chronic diseases. Stock up on some of the fresh produce below and incorporate them into your meals and    snacks.
        • Asparagus
        • Carrots
        • Cherries
        • Lemons
        • Lettuce
        • Spinach
        • Beets
        • Kiwi
        • Kale
        • Strawberries
        • Artichokes

    1. Get some fresh air:
      • Longer days of sunshine means more time to get outside and get moving! Mow the lawn, play tennis, go for a family bike ride, take a walk in the park, go for a hike or simply just grab a lawn chair and read a book in the sunshine (don’t forget your SPF!). Most of us are deficient in Vitamin D, which is important for bone health, immunity, and fighting off depression. Spending some time in the sun is a great way to get those Vitamin D levels up!

Lastly, schedule your routine screenings and doctor’s appointments:

Plan ahead and be sure to get your appointments scheduled with our top-notch staff at Eagle’s Landing Family Practice. And, if you need help creating and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, schedule a visit with one of our Registered Dietitians at Eagles Landing Endocrinology. Prevention is the key to health!

Happy Spring cleaning!

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