Now that things are opening up, it feels good to be back to work, to be able to eat at restaurants and to be out and about. However, it’s important to remember the risk is still present, and social distancing will be more of a challenge now. It is specifically significant for those in high risk groups who have compromised immunity including people with lung conditions, heart conditions, diabetes, obesity, and people with cancer, to continue diligent means of supporting their health.
While maintaining recommended practices such as hand washing, maintaining social distancing, and wearing a mask can help, I am asked what vitamins or nutrients I take on a daily basis. While I strongly encourage an individual approach to a care plan, I have found that the majority of my patients also benefit from the following:
- Magnesium: I cannot say enough about this wonderful mineral! Magnesium is involved in over 300 reactions in our body and can benefit many systems including our cardiovascular, digestive, and neurological health.
- Probiotic: If you’re like me and have a tendency to catch a bug anytime you travel, you may want to think about your gut bacterial balance. After catching a number of exotic souvenirs, I am religious about taking my probiotics, and it has made a difference! After all, a happy tummy makes a healthy human.
- Vitamin C: This is widely established as an essential component to a nutritional regimen for humans. Unlike other species, we cannot synthesize our own. It is essential for collagen, carnitine and neurotransmitters synthesis as well as optimal immune function.
- Collagen: This supplemental nutrient has been a game changer for me, largely because of the effects on my digestion and therefore skin health. It is a great addition to smoothies and can be an easy way to get more protein.
These are my personal picks, however, it is encouraged that each person speak with their health provider to make sure their plan is optimal for them. All of us are unique in our needs, digestion, and physiology. Our new reality can be challenging and may require adjustments. Being mindful of simple steps to reduce the risk of exposure, together with strengthening your immune system, can help you stay protected and healthy!