Whilst our winter has been quite mild so far, it can be a time when maintaining high energy levels in potentially stressful office environments can be challenging. Here are 5 supplement suggestions that can help boost your immunity and put some ‘pep in your step’ so to speak as the winter days lengthen.
Fish /Krill Oil
Both fish and Krill Oil are known to boost Omega 3s, with Krill Oil being considered the potent of the fatty acid supplements because of its higher EPA quantities. Krill Oil also seems to be less processed and rancid.
Essential fatty acids benefit one’s body in a number of different ways:
a) They strengthen bones
b) They improve mood through seratonin which is important for those longer, darker winter days
c) They support brain function and memory mechanisms
d) They are also known to improve vision
What you are aiming for is a healthy balance of omega 6 and 3 in your diet. As we tend to be more deficient in Omega 3, it is a good idea to supplement it.
Despite its excessive use as an ingredient in multivitamins, Vitamin C is surprisingly one of the supplements that we are most deficient in. This is especially true if you’re an athlete, stressed worker or both. Your body’s vitamin C stores lie in your adrenal glands, which, every time you are stressed, face unexpected circumstances or excessively push your body, get flushed with adrenaline. This cycle explains why people who are stressed out tend to have weakened immune systems as they have too little ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) fort heir immune system to function effectively.
The best way to boost your Vitamin C levels is by taking it in tablet form a coupe of times a day. You can also prepare a daily lemon water boost by squeezing 2-3 lemons into a 1l bottle to drink throughout the day.
Commonly used in curries, turmeric is famed for its unique flavour as well as its extremely potent medicinal properties. The key ingredient in turmeric, curcumin is high in antioxidants and helps reduce chronic swells in muscle strains and arthritis as well as damaged gut. It’s also believed to have the rare effect of reducing the growth of cancer cells because of its strong antioxidant properties. Turmeric extract can also sharpen mental functioning, subsequently warding off the ‘brain fog’ that winter months can bring.
Borrowed from the sports industry, creatine has been used predominantly for its power production in muscles. But it can also be used as a ‘smart drug’ as it does have mental benefits. If you are using creatine for this purpose, you only need to take 5g as opposed to the 20g dosages recommended for athletes. Creatine supplements are also great for vegetarians ad vegans who might be highly deficient in the supplement as it naturally occurs in meat products.
Some people may not believe Magnesium to be an essential addition to a diet but it’s important to consider that Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. These include the metabolism of food as well as the formation of fatty acids and protein.
If you are stressed in any way, it can be quite difficult to get a good night’s sleep or feel refreshed after waking up. You can improve your sleep by taking a pure Magnesium supplement or ZMA which contains Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6, before going to bed.
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