Spring Into Healthy Living with Vitamins
Unfortunately, this winter season has been long and exhausting. We have spent numerous hours shoveling out our driveways and cars and putting an overwhelming amount of stress and fatigue on our bodies. With a long season of poor dietary habits and the start of allergy season, our bodies may never shake the effects of winter. Some of these signs and symptoms may be a sign of "spring fatigue", a cleansing process that occurs once every winter when the body has exhausted all of its stored energy, including vitamins and minerals from the food we eat and sunlight.
Luckily, the best way to prevent the spring fatigue symptoms is the proper intake of vitamins. Everyone's body needs vitamins in order to function properly and they help give us that extra boost of energy when we need it throughout the day. Vitamins also help protect cell damage, regulate cell growth, and even tissue growth within the body. If your body does not receive the proper amount of vitamins it needs, it could lead to some deficiencies and alter function and promote illness.
The spring season is the best time for your body to re-charge its vitamin intake and get back to normal levels. Here are some vitamin tips for healthy living:
Choose the right multivitamin. The multivitamin that you are taking should include vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D, E, K. As well as the addition of minerals such as magnesium, molybdenum, and zinc.
Take the maximum amount. If you take the recommended or maximum amount of vitamins, this will ensure that you will fulfill your daily intake.
– Vitamin C works as a structural material for our skin, bones, and blood vessels, it is an excellent antioxidant, which helps prevent cold related diseases including allergy symptoms.
– Vitamin D helps our bones remain strong and healthy. Vitamin D will help our body fight certain health disorders and help our overall mood stability. Breakfast cereals, sardines and other fish are rich in vitamin D, but the easiest way to get your daily intake is to take a quick walk outside in the sun.
– Vitamin E is the perfect antioxidant because it prevents a number of different disorders caused by environmental factors. Vitamin E works throughout our immune system and helps in cell signaling and immune function. Vitamin E is found in sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, almonds, and spinach.
Eat fresh. Your body needs five servings of fruit and vegetables daily to ensure your body gets plenty of natural vitamins and minerals.
– Always choose fresh foods over processed and eat them as soon as possible.
– Frozen vegetables can contain more vitamins than those that have been stored over a long period of time.
– Drink fresh fruit juice and start the day with a bowl of fortified cereal.
– Eat dish during lunch and dinner time at least two or three times a week and choose two vegetables as a side.
– Salads and chopped nuts make a great appetizer or desert for any meal time and they are filled with healthy vitamins.
Vitamins are only a small part of your daily health that will help you get over those wintertime blues. Remember to always get plenty of exercise, drink plenty of water, and to eat healthy. At Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, we always wish for your good health. Please feel free to call us at 201-392-3100 for any health related concerns.