Written By Finnegan Pierson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Winter is challenging for many people. Decreased energy, increased pain and joint inflammation, lowered immunity and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can all contribute to a feeling of malaise. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are the basis for many of these issues.
Fortunately, it's a simple matter to access supplements that are easily tolerated and will improve your energy and overall health if you take them consistently. Read on for a rundown of some of the best vitamins to take during the winter.
You'll notice the nights get longer and the days get shorter as winter approaches. Also, the angle of the sun makes it so that light is less concentrated. Vitamin D is called the "sunshine vitamin," and levels can get significantly low if you're not exposed to much daylight.
When weather permits, it's vital to get outside as much as you can - don't forget your sunscreen. Need some extra supplementation? Try a search using terms such as vitamin D gummies to find an effective product.
Vitamin C is a time-honored supplement to assist in boosting immunity; most people take it when they feel a cold coming on. During the winter, it's a challenge to find fruits and vegetables that contain a lot of this substance.
It's a smart idea to supplement your food intake to promote resistance against infection, strong teeth and bones, body tissue growth, and strong blood vessels. Try some vitamin C serum for your face, too! It helps improve skin health and will give you a glow.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are great for brain health and immunity. The cold, dark days of winter can make some people feel de-energized and blue. SAD can become an uninvited guest. Be sure you're getting plenty of healthy fats in your food and consider supplementation. Your mental focus, mood, and ability to ward off illness will improve.
The B complex of vitamins is a powerhouse. They turn carbohydrates into energy you can use — and metabolize proteins and fats for fuel. Check with a trusted health practitioner to find out the right amount and type of B vitamins that are best for you, as needs vary. Vitamin B12 is especially helpful for enhancing mood and energy.
It's important to keep your iron reserves high. During the winter, you'll feel it if you're deficient; sluggishness and fatigue may interfere with your daily activities. Also, if you're a woman, monthly blood loss can contribute to a need for iron. Many multivitamins targeted at specific populations have the right amount of iron for individual needs.
Magnesium is a key mineral for vitality, and many people don't get enough of it. Body aches, migraines, and menstrual cramps can all be helped by the right amount of magnesium. It decreases problematic nerve impulses and muscle contractions. While it commonly comes in pill form, sprays are effective, too.
Calcium is another essential mineral — it's necessary to keep bones and teeth strong so you can enjoy your favorite activities during the winter. Dairy products are a good source of calcium, but often a supplement from a multivitamin or separate source can be helpful.
Seasonal dry skin is a side effect of winter — there's no getting around it. Be sure to hydrate regularly and keep eating those healthy fats. Consider a vitamin E formulation too — either taken internally or as an ingredient in a body or face oil.
Chances are, you're probably not getting enough folic acid unless you love green, leafy vegetables. During the winter, greens such as arugula and spinach are in short supply. Depleting your folic acid stores is a distinct possibility — but it doesn't have to be that way. Since folic acid is a B vitamin, taking a B complex supplement should cover all your bases.
Boosting your winter health involves awareness of supplements that are accessible and effective. Try these suggestions to feel and look better this season.
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Finnegan Pierson loves business and has a passion for Health and technology. Even more interesting is the combination of the two. As a freelance writer, Finn hopes to influence others so they can have positive life experiences.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.