The winter months are upon us and it’s freezing. Some may be wanting to know where their biggest coat is and whether their beanies are warm enough. One thing that is for certain is what you put into your body is just as important as what you put over it. Nutrients are used to help our body run normal and protect it from bodily threats such as germs. Most of us can get our nutrients for our diets, but some may not be able to consume enough to be sufficient for each nutrient which is why some opt for supplements. In this article, we will go through some of the best vitamins for you to get through the winter.
There are many people who suffer from an iron deficiency, which can be a huge issue as the mineral produces the protein haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is a protein that is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body to your tissues. It also plays a role in regulating your body temperature which will be beneficial in the winter months so you can stay warm. If one suffers from an iron deficiency, then they will experience cold hands and feet, brittle nails and have headaches. If you are having these issues, then you should be speaking to your doctor. There are many foods rich in iron such as beans, lentils, leafy greens, red meat or even Guinness.
Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin is produced in the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. This is great until it gets to winter and this is when people get deficient in the vitamin as it can get too cold to spend time outside. Taking vitamin D tablets can lead to many health benefits such as promoting healthy bones and helping to protect against certain illnesses and helping you to cope with seasonal affective disorder. One issue with vitamin D is that there are not many foods that contain high doses meaning that supplements are required.
You would think with the way everyone talks about vitamin C that it is some kind of magic vitamin that keeps you happy and healthy during the cold and flu season. The issue is that people couldn’t be more wrong. Vitamin C can’t, unfortunately, get rid of the common cold, but it can reduce the severity of the cold symptoms as vitamin C can strengthen your immune system. It is pretty difficult to be deficient in vitamin C as it is found in many different foods but if one is suffering from a deficiency one may need vitamin C tablets, if you are deficient it is always worth speaking to a health professional.
There are many different nutrients that can help you through the winter months. If you are one of those people who unfortunately get ill many times throughout the winter, then topping up on essential vitamins should be one of your first points of call.