Fall & Winter Supplements

By Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Las Vegas Informer

Strengthen your immune system and protect your joints with a strategic supplementation approach to combat the fall and winter weather. Optimize results with a well developed plan. Use general and specific recommendations to thrive through the colder temperatures of a long winter.

Fall & Winter Strategies: General nutritional and supplementation recommendations exist for the prevention of disease, promotion of health and enhancement of function. Fall and winter supplementation strategies should include the following: A multi-vitamin/multi-mineral, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Echinacea and Glucosamine.

Multi-Vitamin/Multi-Mineral: Vitamins, mineral and phytonutrients are vital to good health. Micro-nutrients execute thousands of bodily functions. A worthwhile multi-vitamin/multi-mineral is the best starting point for all supplementation plans. Build a powerful supplementation platform with a health promoting multi-vitamin/multi-mineral. Supply your body’s cells, organs and systems with the support they need to function at their highest capabilities with a quality multi-vitamin/multi-mineral.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D strengthens the immune system, supports calcium absorption and builds bone density. The best source of Vitamin D is sunshine. Cold winter temperatures and shorter sunlight hours limit sun exposure. Nutrition & supplementation are the next best resources of Vitamin D. Consume foods and supplements derived from certified organic whole foods for optimum results.

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is stored in the body. Increase Vitamin D levels through sunshine during warmer temperatures and maintain healthy Vitamin D levels during winter with proper supplementation. Mega doses are usually not necessary. In most cases consistent daily intake produces desired results.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant proven to boost the body’s disease fighting abilities. Anti-oxidants render disease causing free-radical harmless.

Vitamin C is water soluble. Mega doses of Vitamin C are not necessary. Extra Vitamin C is flushed out of the body almost immediately, resulting in an unnecessary bout of stomach pain and diarrhea. Ingest sensible levels of Vitamin C on a consistent basis for maximum benefit. Vitamin C is usually present in multi-vitamins, therefore a small to moderate amount of individual Vitamin C ingestion usually does the trick.

Glucosamine: Protect your joints and connective tissues in the winter weather. In cold temperatures the body works hard to maintain its core temperature. Blood flow focuses on the internal organs not the extremities. The result in the extremities is tight muscles and stiff joints.

Weight bearing joints of the spine, hips and lower extremities are continually stressed during activity. The combination of decreased blood flow and repetitive demand results in wear and tear of the joints. Take advantage of the power of Glucosamine to promote joint health.

Mobile, pain-free joints are needed for an active lifestyle. Use Glucosamine supplements in conjunction with sound nutrition practices and a common sense exercise plan to build and maintain healthy joints.

Echinacea: Usage of Echinacea dates back to Native American Medicine Men. It is the most widely used of all herbs and provides potent support for the immune system.

The most common usage is short term to combat winter seasonal stress. Recent research proved that when taken daily Echinacea helps the immune system operate more efficiently and offers long term immune system support. Large dosages are not needed. A small dose taken consistently increases immune system strength and helps fight disease.

Conclusion: Strengthen your immune system and fortify your joints with intelligent supplementation strategies. Combine supplements derived from certified organic whole foods with proven nutritional approaches and consistent exercise to strive in the colder months and to enter spring healthy and fit.

Dr_Donald_A_Ozello_thumb_medium150_Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is the owner and treating doctor at Championship Chiropractic. 8871 W. Flamingo Rd, Suite #202, Las Vegas, NV 89147.

His web address is Championship Chiropractic. He can be contacted at (702) 286-9040 and DrO@ChampionshipChiropractic.com.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello’s mission is to educate and inspire others to live healthier, fitter, more functional lives.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC proudly handles Standard Process Supplements and Foot Levelers Orthotics.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC writes a weekly health, fitness, exercise and nutrition column for The Las Vegas Informer. His is published in OnFitness MagazineLivestrong.comSpineUniverse.com and EHow.com.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is an award-winning public speaker. He has spoken to numerous groups on the importance of health, fitness, exercise, ergonomics, nutrition and injury prevention.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is a fitness enthusiast. Functional kettlebell training, bike riding and running are his favorite forms of exercise.

Before pursuing his career in Chiropractic, Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Bremerton, SSN 698.

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