Summer is coming and with it the promise of sunshine, backyard barbeques, and the great outdoors. Though we don’t associate summer with getting sick, remembering to take your supplements can be hard with a busy schedule. Here are the best supplements you can take this summer ensure you keep feeling your best.
3 Supplement Musts for Summer
Vitamin C can be helpful in preventing and treating sunburn. It can also support the immune system and help with histamine responses to seasonal allergies. We spend more time outdoors and are exposed to more pollutants in the summer as well. Vitamin C can help with fighting off free radicals and assist with avoiding any summer colds that might slow you down from enjoying all those fun outdoor activities.
You may think that because you’re spending more time in the sun, you don’t need to take Vitamin D in the summer. If you’re using sunscreen (and you should), you’re not only preventing sunburn, but the rays that deliver Vitamin D to your body as well. One study showed that vitamin D deficiency was just as high in the summer as it was in winter. Calcium absorption is also increased with Vitamin D supplementation, so if you’re taking calcium year-round, you don’t want to stop taking Vitamin D during the summer.
Spending hours in the sun can feel wonderful but exposure to UV light can increase pro-inflammatory markers in the body. Astaxanthin has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to help suppress cell damage caused by free radicals, assist with collagen production, and is capable of preventing oxidative damage in the body caused by stress and exercise.
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