As Spring slowly finds its way to Kentucky, we should be reminded of how beautiful nature can be...of how beautiful this life can be. Following the Spring equinox, days now have begun to last longer as nights are starting to get shorter. More sunlight is proven to be a major mood changer! Studies have shown exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of serotonin, a hormone associated with elevating moods and allowing an individual to feel calm and focused. One of the most serene aspects of Spring, other than the sun, is the birds return!! Birds have a way to fill the air with alluring harmony and add a sense of life into the air. With warmer temperature approaching, we all can try to spend more time outside which is wonderful for our overall mental health. The wonderful aspect of Spring is all the stunning green that begins to bloom all around us. The trees and plants begin to wake and flourish, adding a sense of peace to nature. Fresh veggies and fruits are available in local grocery stores, and eating healthy become easier and tastier! And of course we can’t overlook the Spring flowers!! Several studies have shown that being around flowers can bring an individual an overall feeling of happiness!! So take your exercise outside during the Spring, and enjoy the serene harmony of the birds and the alluring nature of the flowers! For Spring, do what feels good for your mind, body, and soul. Think of Spring as a new way to detox the body! Start fresh, breath deep, and enjoy the moment. I’ve attached a recipe for a Detox Support Smoothie that I have found! It’s delicious, and a perfect way to get your body ready for the beautiful Spring to come.
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