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6 Vitamins Your Body Needs This Summer

By Indy Summers

Most people consider the dreary, winter months as the time that they should be loading up on vitamins and supplements to ward off sickness and stay healthy.

However, it's just as important to maintain good health during the hot summer months as well. After all, nobody wants to be stuck at home when there are pool parties, garden chores and fun outdoor activities happening.

The six supplements listed below are some of the most important ones you can take to keep yourself functioning in top shape all summer long...

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a great immune booster, but its benefits go far beyond that. Taking regular doses of it can actually offer your body a significant amount of antioxidants and even some UV protection. You should still wear sunscreen anytime you're outdoors, but a boost of vitamin C can help you stave off sunburn just a little bit longer.

Some researchers even say that it can help with issues like heat rash and lowering core body temperature too as it reduces sweat gland fatigue.

2. Vitamin E

You might know that vitamin E is good for moisturizing your skin, but did you also know that it's a natural antihistamine? This means that it is the perfect supplement for allergy sufferers. It's known to help ease the symptoms of hay fever and other seasonal allergies when taken regularly.

In addition, vitamin E works well in tandem with vitamin C to offer even more protection from sun damage and excessive heat. Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant that slows the aging of your cells, allowing you to look younger longer as it reduces damage from free radicals.

3. Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in flax seeds or fish oil, are supplements that have benefits year-round. However, it is just as important to take them in the summer as it is in the winter, especially since the heat has as bad of a negative effect on hair and skin as the winter does. Not only do they promote healthy hair and skin, but they improve cognitive functioning, support a healthy heart and help your joints perform better.

If you are someone with an active lifestyle, or even just someone who wants to be able to get out and enjoy walks or light gardening, adding fish oil to your summer supplements is a good place to start.

4. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is another supplement that's well-known for its topical uses. More commonly known as retinol, it is a powerful anti-aging compound when applied to the skin.

When taken orally, vitamin A helps your skin repair itself and provides an antioxidant boost. It helps improve eye, skin, and bone health as well. These are good benefits to have in the summer since you are likely to be in the sun quite a bit, which can be harsh on your eyes and skin.

If you are going to add vitamin A to your daily regimen, remember that it is not recommended to take it alongside certain medications, such as...

  • Birth control
  • Blood thinners
  • Isotretinoin, and
  • Bexarotene.

If you're unsure of using this supplement, it is always a good idea to ask your doctor about the right amount of vitamin A to add to your diet in order for it to be beneficial.

5. B-complex

B-complex vitamins are able to offer your body a host of benefits. Some variants, such as chlorella B12, give you the added benefit of minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium.

These vitamins help to boost your mood and your energy levels, which is important for those long summer days. Taking a B-complex vitamin with meals helps to keep your body working at its best by converting more of the food you eat into valuable fuel. Many variants of B vitamins are also able to keep your hair looking strong and shiny in spite of the additional exposure to sun and chlorine.

6. Zinc

Low levels of zinc have been connected to an increased risk of seasonal allergies. Taking a low dose daily can help to balance your body's histamine levels and boost your immune system. This is important for keeping you healthy and at peak performance during long summer days.

Zinc also helps balance out hormone levels, prevent cancer, and fight diabetes. Zinc binds itself to insulin, which helps it remain in the pancreas until it is released when glucose enters the bloodstream.

A Summer Vitamin Regimen Makes the Season More Fun

By adjusting your diet and supplement intake to support your body through the hardships that summer can bring, you are ensuring that you will be able to enjoy every minute of fun that summer brings your way. You will be able to spend all the time you want with family and friends enjoying the summer sun and all the other summer-related activities. These six vitamins are perfect for boosting your mood, energy, and overall health all summer long.

Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as an esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years. As such, she considers herself an expert in these industries and all topics related to them.
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