Changing seasons? Change your supplements
The changing of seasons often signals a time to change other things, whether it’s your wardrobe, your skin care or your cleaning tasks. It’s also a good time to consider reassessing your vitamin and supplement routine.
A multivitamin is always a good idea, but Nikky Contractor, Ph.D., director of core and targeted nutrition for Nutrilite™ vitamins and supplements, notes that our nutritional needs change as a result of both our internal and external environment.
“For example, our exposure to sunlight, free radicals and environmental pollutants can all impact our bodies and nutrition,” she said. “Supplementation can fill in nutrient gaps or provide support during these changing exposures.”
Let’s take a look at some of the vitamins and supplements that are ideal for spring, summer, fall and winter.
Vitamins for spring and summer
Vitamin B for a spring in your step
For many, spring is a time of renewal and a return to more outdoor activities that will continue into the warmer summer months.
It’s a great time to ensure you have the energy you need. B vitamins help your body unlock energy from the foods you eat to proactively block fatigue before it sets in.
B vitamins are among the 13 essential vitamins your body needs to consume to function properly. You can find them in avocados, broccoli, bananas, oranges, lentils, legumes, beans, peas, eggs, dairy, meats and whole grains. You can also get B vitamins in a variety of supplement forms, including tablets, gummies, drink mixes or energy drinks.
Your body doesn’t store B vitamins for long, so they must be regularly replenished – even more so with increased activity because water soluble vitamins can be lost through sweat. One solution is a time-released supplement like Nutrilite Vitamin B Dual–Action.
The tablet has two layers. One side quickly dissolves to release vitamins B2 and B12, while the other side dissolves slowly over an eight-hour period to release the remaining six B vitamins.
Vitamin E: A gift for your skin
Vitamin E is a little gift you can give your skin as you face the additional sun exposure of spring and summer. It provides antioxidant protection against free radicals and supports cellular health.
You can get vitamin E in foods like canola oil, olive oil, almonds, peanuts, meats and leafy greens. If you think you’re lacking in some of those food categories, you can consider a supplement. Nutrilite™ Chewable Vitamin E has the added benefit of providing lecithin, which helps your body absorb vitamin E more effectively.†
Vitamins for fall and winter
Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin
As the long days of summer come to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the sunshine vitamin to help stave off those winter blues—vitamin D.
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient and the sun is key because sunlight triggers our bodies to produce it. The National Institutes of Health recommends 5 to 30 minutes of sun on our skin between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at least twice a week.
But as the days get shorter and chillier in the fall and winter, that is a tough task. You can get vitamin D from oily fish, fortified milk or grains and certain mushrooms, but can be difficult to get the amount your body needs.
A supplement can help, including n* by Nutrilite Rays for Days – Sunny Vitamin D Gummies. In addition to delivering vitamin D to help offset the negative effects that come with a lack of sunshine, Rays for Days has saffron, which is an ancient mood-boosting spice.†
Get your omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids are another supplement to consider as the fog of shorter, colder days takes hold because omega-3 helps support your memory, learning and concentration. In addition to a supplement, like Nutrilite Balanced Health Omega, you can up your omega-3 intake with walnuts, flax seeds or tofu.
Vitamins for every season
Don’t forget your vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the main supplements people turn to for immune system support, which most people think about during the fall and winter, but it’s a great supplement all year long.
Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect your cells from free radicals. It also helps your body absorb iron and supports your immune system. Foods rich in vitamin C also support healthy skin.
Vitamin C is found in several fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
Your body can’t store vitamin C, so if you consume too much at once, much of it will be wasted. If you choose to add a vitamin C supplement to fill any nutrient gaps, consider one that is designed to dissolve slowly, like Nutrilite Vitamin C Extended Release. It includes a special fibrous ingredient that allows the tablet to slowly dissolve in your gut throughout the day.
Probiotics and the magic of microbiomes
Probiotics are tiny living microorganisms that help create a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut, known as your microbiome. That healthy balance supports our digestive health and immune system—a good thing to aim for no matter what season it is.
People’s lifestyle choices around food, alcohol and sleep can often lead to an imbalance of gut bacteria. Environmental pollutants can also play a role in gut bacteria being out of sync. Probiotics can help people maintain a more natural balance of the much-needed good bacteria, and that means support for your digestion.
But your gut is also home to about 70 percent of your immune system. So keeping that ideal balance of good bacteria will also support your body’s natural resistance. Good bacteria don’t live forever inside your gut, so it’s important to replenish your probiotics every day.
You can do that through foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented dishes or through supplements. Nutrilite Balance Within™ Probiotic and Nutrilite Stress Relief Probiotic each deliver good bacteria to your gut to support your gut health and your immune system.†
What vitamins and supplements are right for you?
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