Keeping healthy during the winter is all the more important in these current COVID times. As we remain health-conscious in regards to COVID, we also have to beware of flu season, as well as colds and respiratory infections, among a plethora of other illnesses. One of the best ways to protect yourself is by enhancing your dose of daily vitamins and nutrients. There are plenty of nutrients to stay healthy with during the winter that you may already take during all other seasons, but it may be a good idea to boost your vitamin or nutrient levels up for these key nutrients during the winter as a precaution.
As a start, it can be a great idea to consult with your doctors and even get a blood test to see which, if any, vitamins and nutrients your body may be lacking. This can give you an accurate idea of if supplementing your diet with any specific vitamin pills or chews could be helpful in boosting your vitamin levels to stay healthy and feeling good.
As we all know, our bodies get plenty of Vitamin D from the sun. That can be difficult in the winter when spending time out in the sun simply is not an option for many of us, given the cold or lack of sun. Still, Vitamin D is key to staying healthy in the winter with how it can provide additional resistance against illness. Additionally, Vitamin D can be difficult to find in large qualities in foods, so taking a supplement can often be the easiest way to boost your Vitamin D levels. Still, fish, mushrooms, and milk, and other dairy products can be very valuable in providing you an extra boost of this all-important vitamin.
The most important vitamin for when you are ill, Vitamin C strengthens your body’s immune system and can help reduce the intensity of colds when you are ill. If you take some of our aminoVITAL Action before or during your next workout, you will get a healthy dose of Vitamin C to help propel you throughout your next workout and beyond. For working out, Vitamin C can help decrease recovery time in-between workouts. But in the winter, and for those who do or do not workout on a regular basis, their boosts to the immune system are an excellent reason to add some extra citrus or leafy greens to your diet.
There are several different types of Vitamin B, and all of them are great for you, especially during the winter. Generally speaking, ‘B’ vitamins help leave you feeling energized while providing maintenance to your cells’ health. On a smaller, more-specific, scale, each different type of ‘B’ can do its own thing in helping your body. For example, B-6 helps turn food into energy, while B-12 helps to regulate your nervous system. You can take specific supplements for each type of ‘B’ vitamin, but if you’re just looking for a broad boost of Vitamin B to keep healthy this winter, we recommend whole grains, legumes, and moderate amounts of red meat.
One final key to a healthy diet is making sure you get your daily dose of fiber. Fiber helps us feel full while promoting healthy digestion, which is great in the winter when getting up and active (a key to both feeling full and keeping your body digesting food regularly) becomes a bit harder to do. Fiber can also keep our blood sugar levels normal, making this extremely important to all of us. Vegetables, especially ones that grow in the winter like kale or pumpkin, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are all great sources of fiber during the colder winter months.