Cloudy Weather and Wintery Conditions Got You Down? Check Out These Natural Solutions
In the darker winter months—and year round, really—everyone can benefit from eating lots of brightly colored foods, including fruits, vegetables and dark leafy greens, and cutting back on junk food, coffee and alcohol Medical Information UK. In addition to eating the right foods, taking the right vitamins and supplements can go a long way to keeping you healthy and well.
Below is a comprehensive list of the top 10 vitamins and supplements to help counteract the common (and not-so-common) effects of winter:
10. Biotin. While technically classified as vitamin B, this one is all cosmological. Brutal winter air can bring hair, skin, and nail problems. Biotin gets to the root (no pun intended) of the problem and rebuilds from beneath the skin, unlike most topical ointments and shampoos. Biotin can also have enormous benefits for pregnant women and diabetics.
9. Vitamin A. This vitamin, like others, has valuable antioxidant qualities. Antioxidants help to prevent the invasive actions of free radicals, substances that can lead to common and uncommon ailments. Vitamin A also helps your eyes adjust to different levels of incoming light, and with unpredictable winter driving weather, top-notch vision could never hurt.
8. Magnesium. Cold months and dry air can lead to stress and dehydration, which can lead to headaches and even migraines. Magnesium deficiency has recently been “uncovered” as a possible underlying cause of certain kinds of headaches. The supplement has also been linked to important heart functions, and in return, the cause of certain heart problems.
7. Fish oil. A lack of outdoor exposure can often lead to a lot of brain fog and concentration problems. Fish oil can help you concentrate and stay on task. According to Mayo Clinic, fish oil also has many heart health benefits as well.
6. Vitamin B-12. The cold, cloudy winter months can often lead to signs of depression and anxiety, and even the disorders themselves. B12 is one of the first vitamins depleted during times of depression and anxiety. According to healthaliciousness.com, seafood, beef, eggs, and cheese are all often high in B12.
5. Vitamin D. Needless to stay, for a lot of us, winter brings some pretty dreary weather. Sometimes you may not see the sun for weeks at a time. Since vitamin D is relayed through (but not limited to) sunlight, northern residents don’t get a lot of it. WebMD reports that vitamin D deficiencies can lead to cognitive problems, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.
4. Calcium. Not getting the usual amount of exercise during the winter can lead to muscle weakening. When our muscles aren’t up to par, more pressure is exerted on our bones. Calcium strengthens your bones in preparation for a potential rise in exercise with warmer temperatures. ScienceDaily even reports that calcium supplements reduce fracture incidences, regardless of age or gender.
3. Vitamin C. Although other forms of immunity are emerging as effective, vitamin C is still crucial in the cold/flu season battle. Drink pure fruit juices, many of which contain 100% of your daily vitamin C requirement in a single glass.
2. Water. OK, so it’s not technically a vitamin. However, increased time indoors goes hand-in-hand with the arrival of winter, and indoors usually involves turning up the heat. What goes hand-in-hand with “faux” indoor heating? Dry skin and chapped lips, which many times represent dehydration. That pound of lotion and chapstick you’re using every day may only be covering up the underlying cause.
1. Zinc. The closest you can get to a “magic” vitamin during cold and flu season. Not only does Zinc boost your immunity, but it has been proven to shorten a cold when you already have one. Emerging science suggest that even those with mild Zinc deficiencies are much more susceptible to “a variety of infectious agents.” The main ingredient in the over-the-counter nasal gel Zicam (which is supposed to shorten the duration of a cold) is none other than Zinc Gluconate.