Updated: Jan 13
You’ve built out a wellness plan, started taking that online exercise program, and you’ve committed to making healthier eating choices. The hardest part is over, and yet there still seems to be something missing from your new routine.
The missing piece might be vitamins.
While being active each day and changing up your diet to include more vegetables and fruits will improve your overall health, adding vitamins into the mix could boost your immune system and add that extra punch to your workout game. “Having a healthy immune system should always be a goal you strive to achieve,” Kelsey Haynes, Forge Guest Services Extraordinaire and Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, explained. “Especially in our current times, boosting your immune system is important to fight illness and disease. While exercising and fueling with nutritious foods are important and help to build our immunity, you should always choose foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and proper nutrients.”
The Forge’s partner, RUSH Physical Therapy, explains in a recent blog post how it’s important to add the following vitamins in your diet to boost your immune system:
Vitamin C – Protects your cells against free radicals, and absorbs/stores iron (found in oranges, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, broccoli, and kale)
Vitamin B6 – Makes antibodies to fight disease (found in tuna, salmon, chicken, chickpeas, and bananas)
Vitamin E – Defends your cells against free radicals (found in almonds, spinach, and broccoli)
“Fueling your body with nutrient-dense foods that contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals is a healthier and easier way for the body to absorb and take in essential nutrients as opposed to taking a vitamin supplement that may be most convenient. When it comes to boosting your immune system, look for foods packed with Vitamin C, B6, and E in particular, to allow the body to naturally ward off illness,” added Haynes.
Take your New Year’s resolution to commit to a happier, healthier lifestyle to the next level. Make an effort to read up on what vitamins and nutrients are in the meals you planned. The best part of being conscious of your vitamin intake is that most diets (keto, vegan, pescatarian) include a wide range of ways to include these vitamins in your diet. No matter your dietary preferences or restrictions, if you are not getting enough of a particular vitamin, you can always supplement with store-bought ones.
The information provided in this program is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have read. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.