Cold weather supplements

by Michelle on December 13, 2017

It’s always a good idea to take a good multi-vitamin year-round to fill in the gaps that your diet might leave.  But in cold weather there are some supplements that are especially helpful in keeping your system running properly and help your body to fight off illness.

Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is always a good idea regardless of what time of year it is.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant helping to protect cells from free radical damage and boosting the immune system.

Vitamin D3 is necessary in general for the body to absorb calcium and promote bone growth.  Vitamin D is absorbed through the skin when you’re exposed to sunlight but in the winter months when sunlight is sparse it’s important to supplement with vitamin D so the body doesn’t develop a deficiency.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radical damage.  Vitamin E is responsible for proper immune function and helps in the formation of red blood cells.  You can get a lot of this vitamin from foods like eggs, liver, nuts & seeds, and some fruits & vegetables.

Zinc helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses and the body needs it to make proteins and DNA.  It also helps wounds heal, helps boost the immune system, treats the common cold, helps with recurrent ear infections, and helps prevent lower respiratory infections.

Eating well is paramount to staying healthy overall and specifically in fighting off illness, but taking some supplements can help out your healthy diet and exercise efforts.  As always, check with your doctor and/or pharmacist before increasing any supplements in case you have a condition or take medications that wouldn’t allow for these items to be taken in higher doses.

Also, a good probiotic is always a great idea to keep your digestive tract (also known as the gut) full of the good bacteria that supports proper immune function.  After all…about 75% of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system!





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