The new year is a great time to refocus and get a fresh start with your health. After holiday indulgences many of us feel like we need to hit the reset button. A great way to jump start your health in 2017 should include the right vitamins.
Certain vitamins can play a key role in your healthy new year for a variety of reasons. This is a time of year when many of us choose to start or increase our exercise regimen. The right vitamins can be important in supporting your efforts at fitness. Vitamins such as magnesium and certain B vitamins can support nerve and muscle function. They can make all the difference in feeling your best when you exercise!
Likewise vitamins can be an essential part of energy. Many of us lack energy because of deficiencies in iron, Vitamin D and essential B vitamins. Supplementing with adequate doses of these nutrients can help replenish the energy that often falls short this time of year. In fact, Vitamin D levels tend to plummet during winter months because of lack of natural sun exposure. Restoring the right nutrients can help build up energy. In turn energy is key to motivation to exercise, eat a healthful diet and a proper sleep schedule.
In addition to struggling with fatigue, this time of year we are often fending off illness. Influenza has been epidemic as well as many other viruses and infections. It is important to put up your best defenses before being exposed to germs. The immune system can be supported with proper vitamins including Vitamins C, D and E. Should illness strike other nutrients including Zinc can be added to help shorten the duration of an infection. Avoiding and minimizing sickness during these months is key to work on other areas of your health. It’s hard to work out when you are sick in bed, hiding under the covers.
A good diet is the cornerstone of great health. However, it is challenging to get all we need from our food for many reasons. In part this is because today our food supply is lacking in many nutrients, due to soil demineralization. We are hopeful this will improve as better farming practices are widely employed. However, it will take decades for us to benefit. In the interim, we may need to look to other sources for some of our nutrition.
Sometimes a diet that is healthy in most ways can still be lacking. For example, eating less red meat has resulted in many of us having iron deficiency. Striving for a healthful diet focused on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein is essential but sometimes a few things are needed to supplement even the best eater. Those who do not use table salt are at risk for iodine deficiency which then helps to support the thyroid gland (vital in regulating metabolism). Iodine deficiency is a huge issue world wide, but taking the right amount of a supplement is essential (too much can also cause harm).
We are all different in our vitamin needs. We do not all eat the same, live the same or have the same health issues. Taking the right combination of vitamins can be an essential part of feeling your best. A Personalized Multivitamin is a sensible way to start getting your health on track.
Romy Block specializes in Endocrinology and Metabolism and is mother to three elementary age boys. Arielle Levitan is a doctor of Internal Medicine with a special interest in Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health. She is a mother of three active adolescents. As professional women with active family lives, they recognize that women, in their many roles, often neglect their own health needs and are uncertain about what vitamins to take. Each woman is different in her diet, exercise and health history, and will benefit from different nutrients. After years of advising their patients about the proper vitamins to take, Drs. Block and Levitan created Vous Vitamin® to provide people everywhere with quality vitamins that are suited to their individual needs.
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