Spending More Time Outside: Up Your Vitamin Intake

Have you ever been in that conversation circle with friends or colleagues discussing who takes what kind of vitamin and why?

There’s always that one person that takes them all and then the one person that doesn't take any. Don’t feel offended there are supplements out there to ensure that your body is getting the nutrients that it needs to function and develop on a day-to-day basis.

Below we will list ways to keep your levels just right!

Spring Activities

Winter can tend to drag on sometimes, which in one way makes us appreciate the warmer weather more when it does arrive. With Easter around the corner and having fun little scavenger hunts for the little ones or going for a nice family nature walk, there’s always something to plan to look forward to.

It’s important especially after the winter to get out and up our vitamin d levels. As for most, a deficiency could occur due to not taking enough supplements or being outside to absorb it naturally from the sun.

Taking note that gaining vitamin d isn't only from the sun, this also impacts your healthy diet as well. Eating foods such as salmon, tuna, and sardines will provide your body with the natural source of vitamin d.

Nature activities such as bike rides, swimming, hikes, and walks are a great way to help boost our immune system. Of course, keeping hydrated with electrolyte powder is an excellent addition!

While exploring the outdoors, there’s plenty of beautiful things that you can run into, such as animals, sunsets, views, pine cones and prestige leaves. Collecting pine cones and leaves makes a great arts and crafts activity for later. Taking a nature journal with you to be able to document these moments alongside a camera. 

Entering the natural world brings nothing but a positive effect on the body, the fresh air, the exercise and high levels of vitamin d. As we are intaking our vitamin naturally now that we're spending more time outside it is also good to add other supplements such as a vitamin b to your daily routine.

What the body craves while spending time outdoors

Electrolytes

Are you wondering what electrolytes are at this point? Well electrolyte is a substance that conducts electricity when dissolved in water. Electrolytes are essential for a number of functions in the body.

Simple to say that we all need electrolytes! Many automatic processes in the body rely on a small electric current to function, and electrolytes provide this charge.

Electrolytes are great as they interact with each other and the cells in the tissues, nerves, and muscles. A balance of different electrolytes is crucial for the body to function. Similar to getting an ultima replenisher. This is a way healthier option to gain electrolytes benefits than drinking a sports drink. As all the added sugar is not how we want to recharge our body.

Antioxidants

Starting the day off right with our antioxidant foods is a great way to kick that body into gear! Antioxidants include chemicals that interact with and neutralise free radicals, thus preventing them from causing damage. Antioxidants are also known as free radical scavengers. Antioxidant supplements are great to help with the immune function, collagen formation, wound healing and connective tissue formation.

  • Primary or chain-breaking antioxidants react directly with free radicals by transforming them into more stable, non-radical products. We can also call them direct antioxidants. They work on the free radicals by neutralising the effect of free radicals.
  • The secondary or preventive antioxidants work indirectly on limiting lipid oxidation. Since they work indirectly, we can also term them as indirect antioxidants. It is because these antioxidants stop the oxidative process before it starts.
  • At the same time, multifunctional antioxidants are antioxidants that can exhibit both primary and secondary antioxidant properties.

Lymphatic Drainage

Our lymphatic system is a complex of connective tissues and organs that is responsible for draining and removing excess fluid and waste from your body. Furthermore, the lymphatic system also transports fats, water, proteins, and toxins to lymph nodes which are small clusters of cells located throughout the body that contain immune cells and work to fight infection. 

At this point you’re probably in.quiring what is a lymph node? A lymph node is a small bean-shaped assembly that is part of the body's immune system. Lymph nodes filter substances that travel through the lymphatic fluid, and they contain lymphocytes (white blood cells) that help the body fight infection and disease. 

Your lymphatic system also works best if you maintain a healthy weight. This is another reason why exercise is helpful, it helps you keep your weight maintained.

Lymphatic drainage is the process by which your lymphatic system moves toxins out of your body tissues into the lymph nodes so they can be eliminated. Lymphatic drainage works by pulling toxins out of body tissues and transporting them through a fluid called lymph using lymph vessels, into the lymph nodes where the toxins are removed. Once toxins are removed, the result is fresh lymph fluid that continues circulating throughout the body to pick up and remove more toxins. 

Lymphatic drainage massage is a type of gentle massage that promotes the movement of lymph fluid throughout the body. Essentially, the skin is gently stretched and released over known lymphatic pathways. This method has become more popular over the years.

Vitamin Intake

We all struggle with being healthy from time to time. Perhaps bingeing on too many snacks or chocolates over the holiday season. We all try to find ways to put fresh fruits and veggies into our diet because they have benefits. While maintaining a healthy diet it is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Benefits of the outdoors:

  • Helps gain movement
  • Its social
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps gain vitamin d
  • Improves your mood
  • Boost your creativity
  • Gives you better immunity
  • Manage weight

I bet you’re already planning your outdoor activity!

 

 

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