Spring into Health & Happiness!

“Spring is far more than just a changing of the seasons; it’s a rebirth of the spirit.” -Tori Sorenson

by Jion Sommer, Nutritionist, Reiki Master & Meditation Teacher, Owner, Living Proof Naturally

As our winter is ending in the beautiful mountains of Prescott, spring is on her way!

The spring equinox is March 19 this year. Equinoxes are the only two times yearly that the sun rises due east and sets due west for all of us on Earth. The equinox happens at the exact moment worldwide and the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world.

As the sun is warming us more, it is a great time to get out to our beautiful lakes and mountains for fresh air, sunshine and exercise.

We need vitamin D and our best supplier is the sun! So get outside every day for your daily dose. Sunshine literally makes you happy and healthy.

Vitamin D benefits us in so many ways including its ability to strengthen bones and boost calcium absorption. It is also involved in immune function, disease prevention, mood regulation and weight control.

In fact, a deficiency in this crucial vitamin can cause issues like hair loss, chronic pain, sluggishness and decreased wound healing. It can even increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and serious infections.

Healthy snacks for hiking include nuts like almonds, cashews and walnuts, and you can add some unsweetened dried fruit to the mix.

My favorite healthy snack to take when I hike is dates that I fill with nut butter like almond or cashew butter. If you haven’t tried it yet, you do not know what you’re missing. Trust me, it’s delicious.

Dates are very healthy for us, and they can reduce cholesterol, boost our energy, support bone health and are rich in phytochemicals.

Coconut water is an excellent choice for hydration and for healthy and essential electrolytes.

So let’s get out in the sunshine, go kayaking or hiking and enjoy our warmer weather because spring is here.

May all Beings Benefit