Written By Finnegan Pierson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Supplements are a simple, effective way to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Taking the same supplements for lengthy periods without evaluating your needs will not give you the results you’re seeking, though.
Changing variables in your environment throughout the year means your intake of specific vitamins and minerals may also vary. Below you will find suggested supplements to take depending on the season. As always, check with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet.
Shorter, colder days, and sniffles all around, winter is the perfect time of year to add supplements to your self-care routine. Without proper exposure to sunshine, it is easy to become deficient in vitamin D. It is difficult to get enough through diet alone. Still, it is worth it to go out of your way for the vitamin D benefits.
Vitamin C is another essential nutrient to have enough of in the winter. It has powerful antioxidants that can shorten the length of a cold and fight inflammation.
Don’t overdo it with vitamin C, though, as too much can make you feel nauseous and have other unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms – 1,800 milligrams per day is the recommended amount for adults.
Flowers are blooming, and the bees are busy pollinating. It’s a beautiful time of year, but if you’re suffering from allergies, the beauty can be easy to overlook. Curcumin is a natural supplement found in turmeric which may offer some relief of allergy symptoms.
It is thought to be helpful with reducing inflammation and keeping cells strong and healthy. Mix up a turmeric tea to help get some relief from the discomfort of seasonal allergies.
Summer is the time to be active. Sports, water activities, or just a nice walk on a sunny day, the act of getting outside and being active is an excellent mental and physical boost. If you’re living an active lifestyle, it can be easy to overdo it, though.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important factors when spending time under the hot summer sun. Water will be your first line of defense, but your body loses electrolytes when you sweat. These electrolytes – sodium, magnesium, and potassium – are imperative for staying hydrated and are challenging to get enough of through diet alone.
You’ll know you’re low on these electrolytes if you start feeling low on energy, dizzy, or have muscle cramps. The best way to get your electrolytes recharged is through water with added electrolytes.
The kids are back to school and bringing home all sorts of viruses, and sunlight hours are starting to wane. You’re going to want to focus on immunity and energy during the fall season. Defense against infection begins in the gut as it is home to trillions of microorganisms that help your immune system.
Upping your intake of probiotics is a great way to ensure gut health. You can either take a daily supplement with at least one billion CFU live bacteria or eat more probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut.
As daylight hours get shorter, you may find your energy levels dropping as well. The most accessible place to start for increased energy is with your diet. A diet high in simple sugars will cause spikes and drops in energy levels.
A balanced diet with plenty of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats will help you maintain a consistent energy level throughout the day. If you’re already eating a great diet but still finding yourself having low energy, give magnesium a try as it is one of the building blocks of energy molecules your body makes.
Good sleep, proper diet, and regular exercise are all necessary when working toward good health. Supplements are a great complement to these self-care practices. They can offer the boost needed to get through the ups and downs, no matter the season.
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