A balanced diet and active lifestyle can help keep you healthy, and during this time of COVID-19, we all want to do everything we can to stay in good health. That said, you might be tempted to grab any product with a health claim, but The Doctors warn not all supplements are created equal.
It's always preferable to get essential nutrients and vitamins from your lifestyle and diet, but there are some supplements that may help. Of course, always tell your doctor about any supplement you are thinking of taking as they may interfere with prescribed medications.
The bad news? We are all deficient in Vitamin D. The good news? There is some evidence to suggest that Vitamin D might help protect against becoming infected with and developing serious symptoms of COVID-19. While it's possible to get Vitamin D from the sun (please use skin care precautions) and foods like fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms, taking a supplement may also ensure that you are getting the right daily dose. Please ask your doctor what the correct amount would be for you.
Turmeric & Curcumin
Turmeric is a food trend that is backed by science and a delicious way to get some healthy benefits. It's an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral and anticancer superfood. Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease and Alzheimer's.
Research shows turmeric fights inflammation throughout your body and one study found that 500 milligrams daily dropped participants' cholesterol by more than 11 percent! You can get the health benefits of turmeric by using the spice in various recipes and delicious drinks, or you can get a daily dose in supplement form.
While Vitamin C may not be best used to prevent or treat a cold, this powerful antioxidant limits the damaging effects of free radicals in your body, which might help prevent or delay certain cancers, and other diseases. Having a deficiency can lead to fatigue, malaise, inflammation of the gums and eventually scurvy.
The good news is you can get Vitamin C in a variety of foods like red peppers, oranges, kiwi, broccoli and strawberries. Supplements are also an effective way to get Vitamin C.
There is a strong relationship between your gut health and your brain. If your gut microbiome is happy, it's likely you are as well. One great way to help keep your gut in good standing is by incorporating probiotics into your diet daily.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork cannot stress enough the importance of getting probiotics into your daily routine. He even wrote a book about it! There are many foods and drinks that have probiotic benefits like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha. You can also add a daily supplement to help make sure you are getting a daily dose.
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Proctologist and colorectal surgeon Dr. David Rosenfeld shares that getting enough fiber and probiotics in your diet, along with eating fruits and vegetables will ensure that you will be regular. However, most Americans are fiber-deficient and Dr. Rosenfeld shares that he personally uses psyllium husk daily. The good thing about being regular is that it helps keep your system happy and supports your colon health. Also, psyllium seed husk may also reduce the risk of heart disease.
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