You may remember as a kid being told to take your vitamins. As adults we can sometimes forget that advice and begin to wonder why we constantly get colds, feel run down and just are generally not feeling well. Supplements are meant to help make up for vitamins and other nutrients that may be missing in your diet. An excellent example is taking extra Vitamin D in the winter when there is less sunshine to allow you to absorb it naturally. Need more reasons? Here are some good reasons why you should be taking supplements on a regular basis. 1. Boost your immune system! Everyone around you is getting sick, but you are less likely if you are getting the right amount of vitamins in your diet. 2. Prevent injuries! Your muscles use vitamins too and the lack of them can allow strains, tears and other injuries to occur more frequently. 3. Stay balanced! Your body is constantly processing nutrients. A deficiency in one area can begin to wear on other systems and even your mood! 4. Relax! Always stressed? Can’t sleep? A multi-vitamin can help keep your body even-keeled and running smooth, taking it easy on your nerves. 5. Improved appearance! Some supplements can help improve the strength and look of your hair, skin and nails. When you look good you feel good! 6. Prevent disease! Besides the common cold, some supplements have been linked to the prevention of some issues such as high cholesterol and osteoperosis. They help improve your overall health! 7. Supplement deficiencies! People with specific medical conditions, such as anemia, Crohn’s disease and cancer, can benefit from the use of supplements that will replace what sickness is removing from their bodies. Talk to your doctor for recommendations! Remember that everyone has different needs and our bodies may need different supplements in various stages of life. Supplements do not replace the need for a well-balanced diet and exercise. They are meant to supplement on top of those healthy habits. Talk to your pharmacist about what may be the right course for you!
Getting Vitamin D in the Winter
With Winter in full swing here in Ohio, we are spending less time outside, and the sun is spending less time peeking through the clouds. Since the sun is our main source of vitamin D, what can we do during the harsh winters of Ohio to get more some vitamin D? Here are some suggestions. Fatty fish Fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, and salmon are good for getting a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acid but will also give you some vitamin D to help boost levels. Fish are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are relatively light in calories and high in nutrition. Beef Liver Beef liver is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It isn’t one of America’s favorite foods, but the benefits of eating liver go beyond vitamin D. The liver is very nutrient-dense. In addition to vitamin D, you will also find plenty of vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B9 (folate), iron, copper, and choline. Cheese Cheeses, especially those using vitamin D fortified milk, are great for intaking essential vitamins and minerals. One of which is vitamin D. Not to mention that cheese is probably the most universally delicious item on this list. Egg yolks Even though cholesterol is densest in the yolk of an egg, so is the vitamin D. You may not want to go crazy putting egg yolks in everything, but a reasonable amount of egg yolk should do wonders in keeping your vitamin D levels up. Vitamin D fortified foods Especially when looking at dairy products, such as milk and cheese, you will see a lot of products that have been enriched with vitamin D. Do you know why that is? It’s because vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium.