Dietary Supplements For The Winter Blues
Given the gloomy weather and my strong desire to eat comfort food, I wanted to take some time this week to talk about the supplements I take. The reason I take supplements are to make sure I am getting all the vitamins and protein that I need.
Vitamins are great, especially in the winter when Seasonal Affective Disorder is kicking in for some. Good vitamins to look out for this winter are Vitamin D and Omega 3 Fatty Acid (fish oil). Vitamin D deficiencies come with a lack of exposure to sunlight - a common problem in the overcast weather. Furthermore, Omega 3 Fatty Acid aids serotonin levels to keep you in a good mood.
You could also take a multi vitamin to check all the boxes. If you go the multi vitamin route I suggest taking a probiotic to round out immune and digestive health.
Next, I like to take a pre workout to get myself amped up for the gym, because let’s face it…it is not easy to stay motivated for the gym when the days get shorter and colder. Personally I like to have a pre workout with a high pump, and no caffeine. I do not like caffeine because sometimes a like to work out in the afternoon and I do not want to feel the effects of it when I am trying to go to sleep.
Protein shakes are the last part of my supplement mix. Protein shakes are packed full of vitamins, they are easy to make, and you can sneak greens into them to have a well rounded meal.
For me the key to all of these supplements is staying soy free. Introducing too much soy into your diet can mess with your hormones so I try to avoid any extra soy.
Written By: Carmyn Isabella
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