While the holiday season brings cheer and joy, it’s also been know to zap energy levels, weaken immunity, increase stress levels and fatten waistlines. The trained consultants at Complete Nutrition offer the following advice to help keep you better energized and healthy this holiday season:
Vitamin C – Contrary to popular belief, vitamin C does not prevent the common cold or flu. It can, however, reduce the length and severity of the symptoms and does improve your overall immunity. Vitamin C protects the body against disease and is vital for the production of collagen, used to build body tissue and bones. The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 40 mg for adults.
Iron – Iron is essential for the formation of red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body. Iron is necessary for energy, intellectual performance and vitality. A lack of iron may lead to anemia, in which the body is unable to transport oxygen around the body and results in exhaustion. However, too much iron may damage organs. The recommended daily intake of iron is 15 mg for women and 9 mg for men.
Vitamin B – Vitamin B is known as the “anti-stress vitamin” and works as an excellent energy booster. It is a powerful weapon in decreasing stress, anxiety and depression to maintain a healthy mind. It does so by regulating the hormones responsible for causing these types of health problems. Vitamin B also helps to reduce body fatigue and weariness by building stamina. It is also beneficial in maintaining a healthy immune system. The recommended daily intake of vitamin B is 5 mg for adults.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D, also known as the Sunshine Vitamin, is necessary for maintaining proper health, especially during the long winter months. It is vital in regulating the levels of calcium in the bones and bloodstream and helps in the production of the autoimmune systems killer cells that destroy virus-infected cells and bacteria. Vitamin D is not produced naturally by the body nearly as much in the winter due to the reduction in absorbable sunlight, which means that there is a reduction in the number of killer cells that would otherwise be busy fighting off infections like the flu virus. Taking a supplement during these months will go a long way toward fending off disease. The recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 800-1000 International Units (IU) for adults.
Glucomannan – Glucomannan works in the stomach and intestines by creating a feeling of fullness. It can also slow the absorption of sugar and cholesterol from the gut, helping to control sugar levels in diabetes, and reducing cholesterol levels. The recommended daily intake of glucomannan is 3-10 grams for adults.