Locked up we might fear that we would be affected by seasonal depression, it is a form of depression usually occurring during seasonal changes, usually in autumn-winter, when the hours of sunshine decrease. This also has repercussions on the complexion which becomes duller.
Here are my tips for finding a balance despite the health restrictions imposed and having a healthy lifestyle while staying at home.
A healthy and balanced diet
Even if you keep animal proteins, opt for the flexitarian diet, do not deprive yourself of the richness and biodiversity of the Vegan diet. This is an opportunity to vary your menus, discover new ingredients. Good foods provide antioxidants, these are the medicines that plants develop to fight disease, they are also good for us.
Among the antioxidants, cysteine is present in almost all proteins and is involved in the synthesis of melanin, the natural pigment of the skin and hair. It is also involved in the synthesis of coenzyme-A which plays a big role in human metabolism.
Foods rich in cysteine: brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, garlic, onion, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, nuts, seeds.
Another family of antioxidants, phenols and polyphenols: kiwi, for example, contains more vitamin C than orange, it is one of the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity. It also provides vitamin E contained in its black seeds or provitamin A, and B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6. It is rich in potassium, its magnesium level is high. Iron, copper, zinc and phosphorus are also found there.
Rediscovering beets, their richness comes from their red color; its various pigments have antioxidant properties. Its flavonoids have a content that remains constant, even after cooking. Beetroot is therefore one of the rare plants to contain betalains (cell renewal, very interesting for pregnant women for the development of the fetus, and in growing children, as well as for convalescent people). Raw it is delicious in salads. Cooked, cook it alone in a salt crust or mixed with other seasonal vegetables. It is also a source of vitamin B9 and A, potassium, magnesium.
Carrots and coriander are rich in coumarin. Cranberries (cramberies) are rich in anthocyanins, and are excellent when mixed with nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, which also provide essential fatty acids.
Vary the spices and herbs in your dishes or in herbal tea: thyme, parsley, cloves, ginger, turmeric which increases our immunity.
Spinach is one of the most antioxidant-rich greens, this seasonal vegetable, is also extremely rich in vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin B9, vitamin C and E), mineral salts, iron and zinc. Care must be taken to consume it raw in order to be 100% metabolized.
Garlic is a superfood that helps boost the immune system. It has a powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action, it helps maintain the immune system, especially when raw. With children germinate seeds to decorate your salads, prepare your aromatic plants for summer (you can already plant the basil in front of a sunny window). A child who cooks at half the risk of obesity.
Regular sports activity
Practice a half hour of sporting activity each day by combining cardio work, muscles and flexibility by combining yoga, pilate, stretching, meditation, sheathing, soft bodybuilding. To oxygenate the face, make upside down movements by practicing inverted positions, like the upside down dog posture in yoga (Adho Mukha Svanasana).
How to overcome the lack of Vitamin D?
Vitamin D in humans comes either from a direct synthesis from cholesterol derivatives in the body via UV exposure, or from food intake. To keep the vitamin D needed by the body, let the sun’s rays in. Take the opportunity to ventilate your home – without a car, air recovers its purity. If you can put the bedding in the sun (disinfection, natural perfume). For light therapy that cheers you up, just look at the light for 1/2 hour at a distance of 50 cm. For the synthesis of vitamin D, 10 to 15 minutes per day on the forearms is enough, avoiding the UV peak around noon. Of course fair skin will have to choose a short time, they make this vitamin more quickly and are more fragile (especially the skin should not blush).
On the diet side, choose foods rich in vitamin D:
-Vitamin D3: cod liver oil, herring, mackerel, sardines, salmon, trout, canned tuna, dark chocolate
-Vitamin D2: mushrooms (oyster mushrooms, shitake). Vary the recipes by tapping into biodiversity to have balanced intakes of vitamins, antioxidants and essential amino acids.
Should we adapt our beauty routine?
To have beautiful skin it is essential to limit stress. Take advantage of this time to calmly carry out your care ritual, massage the face and body well during application. For massage gestures, smooth your face from the inside out, insist on the eye area to wake up the features and drain. Take the time to do a Fruit acide peel 1 to 2 times a week to gently exfoliate and restore radiance to the skin. The alpha hydroxy acids extracted naturally from fruits help fight against dull complexion.
Makeup is no longer necessary, your skin will blow. Even if you don’t wear make-up, clean your face every day with a cold soap soap to remove excess sebum, the superficial stratum corneum which is renewed every day and regulate the skin flora. Then rinse with spring or thermal water.
For the body, make a scrub 1 to 2 times a week and then massage vigorously with a hydrating balm.
I wish you a lot of courage to calmly get through this difficult period. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.