Essential Summer Supplements
Although winter time is generally the time that people worry most about taking all their vitamins in order to avoid the rash of cold and flues that predominate during this season, the body needs the same amount of nutrients during the summer months. As such, summer weather is no excuse for foregoing your regular supplement regime. Instead, there are certain vitamins and minerals that are especially important during these months.
During the summertime the hot weather can lead to sleeplessness and sometimes artificially high energy levels. While energy is good, insomnia is not. Getting your nervous system in check with some Vitamin B supplements is therefore a great place to begin. Vitamin B complex is an essential vitamin all through the year, but if you’re feeling extra anxious or jittery with the onset of summer than you can really benefit from these vitamins.
Insomnia can also be helped with Melatonin and GABA. Use these as directed and see what a difference they can make for sleep and restlessness.
In the summer some of us are able to get enough vitamin D through sun exposure, however, if you are prone to burning and thus utilize high SPF sunscreen and cover yourself from head to toe, then you might still need to take vitamin D supplementation. Vitamin D is essential to immune function as well as a host of other important functions, but after a long winter most people are seriously deficient.
Studies have shown in fact that even in high sunshine areas, many people are vitamin D deprived because of attempts to avoid the harmful solar rays. So instead of risking a burn or worse, stick to a healthy dose of vitamin D drops, particularly if you are inside between 8 am and 3 pm.
Because the skin is prone to a variety of summer ailments, burns, insect bites, hives and the like, vitamin E is more essential during these months than ever. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that can provide extra protection for the skin’s cells. Not only this, but vitamin E is also a proven immune booster. So if you’re not keen on getting sick on your holidays, add this vitamin to your regular regimen.
As always a good multivitamin and mineral complex can do wonders for your health. If you have a hard time getting in all your required nutrients than simply adding in a multi can benefit you greatly. Although you will still need to pair this with a healthy exercise program and nutritious diet, at the very least a multivitamin can help cover some of the bases.
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