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Vitamins almost everyone needs to take in spring - Dietitian advice

Vitamins almost everyone needs to take in spring - Dietitian advice Vitamins almost everyone needs to take in spring (photo: Freepik)

Many people feel tired and lack energy in spring, as the cause may be a deficiency of vitamins. But you should not take vitamin complexes on your own, as you might harm yourself, according to dietitian Oksana Skytalinska.

"During spring, at least every third person loses energy, and almost every tenth person experiences depressive symptoms - lack of energy, no desire to move. Internet experts say it's spring avitaminosis. But is this really the case?" says the dietitian.

Avitaminosis is a condition of complete absence of vitamins, which is rarely encountered nowadays and is incompatible with life.

"So perhaps it's hypovitaminosis? That is a deficiency of certain vitamins. A deficiency of all vitamins is rare, usually, there is a lack of several. This condition is either associated with unbalanced nutrition or with inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract," explains Skytalinska.

One of the reasons for vitamin deficiency in spring is the adjustment of circadian rhythms.

How to boost energy

To increase energy, you need to spend more time outdoors, especially in the first half of the day. Phototherapy is also a good solution. Buy a special lamp that emits no less than 10,000 lux. Turn it on for half an hour every day for a month. It's safe.

"Most often, people lack vitamin C and D. Symptoms may include fatigue, dry skin, brittle hair, irritability, frequent respiratory viral infections, insomnia, and a bad mood. So first of all, you need to provide the body with these very important vitamins," says the doctor.

Vitamin C is found in rosehip tea, fresh and fermented cabbage, and parsley. This vitamin does not accumulate in the body, so its intake should be evenly distributed throughout the day.

Vitamin D is abundant in cod liver, soft-boiled eggs, and fatty sea fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring. Elderly people should take them as supplements daily throughout the year.

"If you take vitamin B, you should do it on an empty stomach. The condition of the gastrointestinal tract affects the absorption of vitamins, and it is greatly worsened by sweet or overly salty food," says Skytalinska.

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