Here at Dr. Willard’s® we’re passionate about health and we love to read articles about a variety of ways to maintain good health. To that end we’ve begun asking writers with expertise in this arena to submit blogs that our followers might find interesting. This next blog in our series is about making sure you’re getting the right vitamins to help you maintain good health during the cold and flu season. It was written by a Pakistani doctor named Dr. Adeel Islamand is only available on the Dr. Willard’s® social media pages. We hope you enjoy it!
Fight off the common winter ailments with 5 healthy vitamins
Have you ever thought about why you get flu, more often, in winters? Do you get frequent joint pains in winters? Do you just keep coughing when it’s cold? Do you get drained more easily while its cold?
Winter is the most likable season around the world, at least to most of us. It brings the joy of holidays, warm family gatherings and endless cups of coffee with the loved ones. Anyhow, winter is not that good when it comes to health. When it arrives, so does the flu and cold-related ailments. Cold can prove very harsh for the skin, hair, and immunity if not taken good care of.
So, let’s skip the all the fancy winter things and move ahead to the real query. How to guard off your body against all the winter-related ailments? How can you avoid getting the flu that loves to come again and again? How can you boost your immunity that wards off your body against all the cold germs? How can you prove and maintain your vitality?
Before getting the answer of this question, let’s sneak peek into the cause of increased incidence of flu and other diseases during the winter season, shortly. Winter means staying inside and going less outdoors, taking copious amounts of caffeine and eating junk more than usual. There is a long list of cold-loving pathogens that thrive best in the winters. All of these factors combined lead to the same venue named as decreased immunity owing to the deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals. The deficient immune system is not strong enough to eliminate the winter-loving bacteria and viruses and gets overwhelmed by their frequent attacks. The solution to all this fuss is simple; Supplement your body with basic vitamins that are must during the winter season. We are going to discuss the five high yield vitamins that must not be ignored during the cold.
Let’s take a look at the important vitamins that are most needed during the cold months of winter to help avoid the prevalent flu and other cold-related ailments.
- Vitamin D: The sunny side of vitamins
Vitamin D has been placed on the top of the list because of a certain reason. It is a must ingredient for a disease-free body. Vitamin D is required by about 200 enzymes to perform their optimum functions. Bones get the most of the benefits from the vitamin D due to its ability to make them strong and protect their density. Our bones undergo the process of wear and tear continuously and vitamin D is the essential repair for these changes. First, it increases the absorption of calcium from the gut and secondly it deposits it in the bones. Vitamin D is made from fat precursors in the presence of sunlight in addition to its dietary sources. Since we don’t get much sunlight in winters causing its deficiency during this period leaving the nutrition only source. We need about 200-600IU of vitamin D on daily basis. It is abundant in eggs, milk, cod liver oil and butter. You can easily get chewable vitamin D gels or oral injectable to maintain its required amount by the body.
- Vitamin C: The Champ vitamin
If we talk about the winter-related flu and cough specifically, then we have to mention the champ of vitamins here. It not only helps to prevent the winter ailments but also causes the body detoxification. It does not kill the flu germs or prevent them directly but does so by potentiating the body immunity and activating the detoxification process. Vitamin C is also necessary for the collagen production which is a protein found in nails, muscle and bones. We need 40mg of vitamin C daily to gets its proper functions. It is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis and tomatoes in good quantities. Buy water-soluble tablets or powder to optimize its required dietary allowance.
- Vitamin E: Excellent for health
Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant that kills the harmful radicals and saves the body from significant damage. It helps the body fight the winter blues by getting rid of free-flowing oxygen radicals. It also helps to have a moistures skin and healthy hair during the dryness of cold. Adults require about 10mg of vitamin E in a day. Vegetable oils and nuts are the rich sources.
- Vitamin B family: Best of the Best
Vitamin B family also is known as Vitamin B complex is the primary requirement of a sound body irrespective of the seasons. Anyhow, they become even more important in winters to avoid the downgrading of health. B complex is mandatory elements during conversion of carbs into energy. Whether its skin, hair or nails, B family takes good care of all the body. It’s better to take B complex along with iron to get better results.
- Vitamin A: Amazing in last:
Skin is the most affected body organ as winters suck its moisture and leave it parched like a dry leaf. Vitamin A comes to play here by maintaining the skin texture and softness. It has also got antiaging effects and keeps you looking fresh for longer. In addition to skin, Vitamin A is the main component of a perfect eyesight and helps to prevent night blindness and other vision issues. The RDA for vitamin A is 700mcg for adults and its abundantly present in carrots, spinach, broccoli, beef liver, and fish. Beware about the intake of vitamin A as excessive amounts can cause notable adverse effects,
In a nutshell, winter can be enjoyed in its true sense without having recurrent health issues if we take the essential vitamins in optimum quantities. It’s always best to take the balanced whole foods to get these vitamins, without any doubt. However, diet does not supplement all these required dietary amounts so there is no harm in taking supplements to get a better health. Remember these vitamins, obtain the given amounts and have healthy winters, full of joy!!!