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The vitamins you need this winter

Posted on November 12 2018

The vitamins you need this winter

 

Winter can be tough on your health. Lack of energy, coughs & colds, and joint pain are just a few things that leave us feeling worse for wear throughout the winter months. It’s essential to eat healthy, bundle up and get plenty of rest so your body stays healthy during the harsher seasons. In addition, supplementing can be an excellent way to ensure you make it through the chilly weather unscathed. Keeping topped up with the following vitamins & minerals can help put a spring back in your step this winter…

 

 

Vitamin D3

As the days get shorter and the nights longer, it seems that we hardly see any sunshine during winter. So, Vitamin D, or the ‘sunshine vitamin’, is a vitamin that you probably won’t be getting enough of. This is because of the low levels of sunshine we experience due to darker days and increased indoor lifestyles because of the colder weather. This vitamin is crucial for maintaining healthy calcium levels, which are not only vital for healthy, strong bones, but also help with sleep & relaxation during this stressful season.[1] Vitamin D isn’t found in that many types of food, so it’s difficult to get enough just by eating a healthy diet. To keep immune system and bones strong, we recommend taking just one of our high-strength tablets each day.

 

 

Vitamin B

We all dread getting up in the mornings when it’s gloomy and cold, but it can be even more of a struggle when your energy levels are low. The eight B Vitamins that make up Vitamin B-Complex are essential for energy production in almost every cell in the body. These essential nutrients help convert our food into fuel, allowing us to stay energized throughout the day.[2] While many of the B vitamins work in tandem, each has its own specific benefits. Vitamin B complex can increase energy, help with mood, and stimulate the immune system, all of which are particularly important during the dark winter months.

 

 

Vitamin C

It might be an old classic, but Vitamin C is still essential during the winter. A powerful antioxidant, it helps protect against the common cold, and helps get rid of colds if you do end up catching one.[3] It also helps keep your body’s cells healthy, and is involved in the production of collagen, which is responsible for the health of skin, teeth, gums, bones and blood vessels.[4] Eating a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables each day will help keep your Vitamin C levels on the up, but if you’re not getting enough, a supplement will help you on your way.

 

 

Zinc

Zinc is another amazing immune booster, which is becoming increasingly popular for treating colds & flu. A Zinc supplement helps lessen both the duration and the severity of a cold.[5] It helps to make new cells and enzymes, processes carbohydrate, fat and protein in food and helps with the healing of wounds and fighting infections. Another benefit of this essential mineral is supporting your skin,[6] which can often become dry & cracked during colder months. A Zinc supplement can help take care of your body both inside & out as the weather gets frosty this winter.

 

What to remember

Although it’s common to get ill during the winter, keeping healthy with the right combination of vitamins and minerals can go a long way in warding off any seasonal ailments. Illness can be avoided when you look after your body & mind properly. Stock up on the supplements you need and get ready for your best winter yet!

 

 

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[1] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

[2] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-b/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29099763

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28805671

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23775705

[6] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/others/