Congratulations winter, you snuck up on us again! How does this season keep doing it year after year? One day you have sunny skies and perfect, clear, blue weather. Then, the next day you are being berated about how it is flu season on the radio, while you are waiting for the engine to warm up. Winter can be a beautiful time if you manage to stay healthy.
Besides dressing warm, washing your hands, and eating healthy what else can you do to stay healthy and avoid the wretched flu virus? To answer the question, you need vitamins and minerals. During the winter months nutrient deficiency is quite familiar to most people, but what nutrients do you need that you probably lack right now and in the later months?
One of the most popular vitamins out there. Vitamin C boosts immune support, (which is essential for preventing colds), improves the absorption of Iron in the body, while also preventing scurvy. The Daily Value (DV) for men and women is 60mg (milligrams) respectively. Kinds of foods that could help you meet these required dosages in a sitting could be, one ordinary Kiwi or Orange, one cup of raw Broccoli, or one cup of fresh sliced Strawberries.
This is the Vitamin you get from the sun. Vitamin D helps to keep you awake, increase mental cognition, and also increase the intestinal absorption of phosphate, magnesium, and calcium. The two most important compounds that are in this group are Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), and Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Very few foods contain high amounts of Vitamin D. However, a favorite example is Salmon (per 6oz fillet contains 189% DV). The daily recommended dose of Vitamin D is 400 IU (International Units).
Drowsiness and fatigue are commonly associated with Iron deficiency. This is counterproductive when trying to perform day to day tasks. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that half of the 1.62 billion cases of anemia in the world are of direct correlation to a lack of iron in the diet. When the days get shorter, the nights get longer, which can increase the production of melatonin (the chemical in your brain that makes you sleepy), maintaining a high level of Iron is key to fighting this. The Daily Value of Iron is 18mg.
The Vitamin B complex plays a crucial role in converting food into energy. A few other vital roles Vitamin B play in your body are, supporting the creation of cells, maintenance of DNA, and providing support for the nervous and digestive system. At a fundamental level the Vitamin B complex is composed of 8 different Vitamin B’s; B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B7 (Biotin), B9 (Folic acid), and B12 (Cobalamin). These different vitamins can be found in all the food groups so obtaining them should not be difficult. The big player to fighting off the flu, however, is Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine). Not only does it help convert food to energy, but it also helps your body fight infection. This is extremely beneficial for keeping upbeat and avoiding getting sick. To maintain the proper recommended intake of this Vitamin you need is 1.3mg, and for B12 it is 2.4µg (micrograms).
Now with all this being said will taking these four vitamins make you instantly immune to anything that comes at you? No. With a combination of these and other Vitamins and Minerals while practicing proper hygiene will help, but it all depends on you. What you do, and the choices you make. So stay safe, and stay healthy this winter season!
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