With the season change fast approaching, we all could use that extra boost in our system. Supplementation may be exactly what your body needs at this time. Although eating healthy can definitely aid in a properly functioning body, most people are too focused on “what not to eat” and forget to incorporate healthy foods containing necessary vitamins and minerals. Some important vitamins and minerals to include at this time are vitamin D, Omega 3 and Magnesium.
As the season is changing the sun is fading and our bodies are not getting as much vitamin D from sun exposure as they do during the summer. Since our skin is not being exposed to the sunlight as much, our storage of vitamin D is being broken down and utilized within our bodies, which may lead to vitamin D depletion. Symptoms of this may include; getting sick more often, fatigue, painful bones and back, feeling depressed, muscle pain, and slow wound healing. Supplementing with vitamin D can help to produce an adequate amount of Vitamin D and prevent these symptoms from occurring. Most people are vitamin D deficient, which is why supplementing may be a good idea. Vitamin D helps the body maintain healthy bones and teeth, aids in cardiovascular health, regulates insulin levels to manage blood sugar balance and boost the immune system, brain and nervous system.
Omega 3 fatty acid is an essential nutrient, meaning we can only obtain it through the diet. A good way to ensure you are getting a sufficient amount omega 3s is to supplement with it. Omega 3 fatty acids contain DHA and EPA, both acids are used to help with heart health. More specifically it can help to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, decrease the buildup of plaque within the arteries and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Omega 3s can also help fight anxiety and depression, improve eye health, promote healthy brain growth for infants, fight inflammation, reduce fat within the liver, improve bone and joint health, can help improve sleep and is good for the skin. It has so many benefits and functions and is therefore a necessity within the body so if you’re not consuming enough omega 3s, I highly suggest supplementation.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is required within the body in large amounts. 65% of it is found in your bones and the rest is in your cells as well as some within your blood. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is needed for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. These functions include; metabolism of food, synthesizing fatty acids and proteins and transmitting nerve impulses. Magnesium helps to reduce premenstrual symptoms, prevent bone issues, aid with the cardiovascular system as well as diabetes, can prevent and relieve migraines and relieve anxiety, can boost exercise performance and help to fight depression.
Supplementation, although not always necessary, can really help the body achieve and maintain optimal health even for those who obtain a well-balanced diet. For those who aren’t eating optimally, I would highly recommend supplementing with vitamin D, Omega 3 and Magnesium as they acquire so many health benefits that can really be beneficial during this change of season. It’s a great time to make healthy changes, not only to prevent illness but to achieve optimal health.
CrossFit Closer is now carrying the line 5Star on site which includes these 3 supplements. If you would like to have a custom supplement schedule tailored specifically to your needs feel free to contact me or book through mind-body!
- Jamie Shaw, CNP