The winter months can really get the best of us. They zap your energy, take a toll on your immune system, cause feelings of stress and sometimes even depression, and can even leave us feeling achy at times.
The good news is that much of this can be reversed with proper diet and nutrition. By simply replenishing the nutrients that your body may be lacking, you could really turn things around and get your vitality back, no matter what time of year it may be.
Below are the 5 most essential nutrients you need to feel your best this winter:
- Some of the best vitamins you can take for boosting your immune system and your energy levels are B vitamins. This energetic group of nutrients helps to break down fat and protein into fuel so that your body has energy. B vitamins, such as B6 and B12, are so important during the winter time as they not only provide better energy for your cells, but they also help improve your mood as well. You can take B12 sublingually on a daily basis (even twice a day on days you need an extra boost), or you can opt for B12 injections weekly.
- Vitamin C is commonly known for boosting your immune system and fighting infections, but did you know that it actually plays a huge role in adrenal support as well? Your adrenal glands help your body’s response to stress (hello, holiday season!). Vitamin C fuels your adrenal glands so that they can keep up with the demand of to help you recover from stressful situations. Additionally, vitamin C is a powerful natural antihistamine so instead of reaching for that antihistamine you’re so used to taking every day, try opting for therapeutic doses of vitamin C. I recommend you take at least 3,000-4,000mg of vitamin C daily, and nearly twice that amount when you’re trying to fight off a virus, infection or allergies. Another excellent way of receiving vitamin C is through a vitamin IV. When you receive your nutrients intravenously, the nutrients bypass your digestive system and absorbed immediately. Vitamin C IVs are an excellent way to keep your immune system boosted and your adrenal glands supported all winter long.
- Vitamin D is a nutrient you should be taking at all times, but even more so when we see less natural sunlight. Commonly referred to as “the sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D helps keep your body’s immune system and your bones strong, your cells healthy and your brain functioning at its best. Without enough vitamin D, your body is unable to protect itself from common colds and infections that are in the air during the winter months. Vitamin D is fat soluble, which means it is stored in your system so it is important that your vitamin D levels are tested and monitored periodically. Most commonly, my patients have been deficient in this nutrient so I typically recommend them take one 50,000 IU capsule of vitamin D weekly to ensure they have sufficient stores at all times, while also checking their vitamin D levels routinely.
- One thing that comes naturally with the winter months is seasonal stress and sometimes even depression. Tranquility is a blend of nutrients and has an amazing calming effect. Tranquility can help reduce the amount of additional “brain chatter” you may experience during busy times and was specifically designed to support our sometimes stressful lifestyles. This mind-settling nutrient is an excellent option for a mind crowded with thoughts.
- Finally, and most importantly, you need something to keep your energy levels optimal at all times. Energy Boost Chews were designed to do just that. Offering all natural D-ribose, Energy Boost Chews are clinically proven to help restore and replenish core energy levels. Not only are they great tasting and sweetened with xylitol, they are convenient for on-the-go supplementation, which is perfect for this busy season we are all experiencing.
With months of winter left ahead of us, I cannot stress the importance of supporting your immune system, adrenal glands, mood and energy levels. To get started on a high-quality, medical-grade nutrition program, contact us today. You can also read more about each nutrient on my website.