5 nutrients your body needs this winter

We are truly in the depths of winter now - and whether you are someone who loves the season - snuggling in the dark evenings, layering up with your winter woollies and boots, lighting candles or going on long, bracing walks - or you are someone who can’t stand the cold and have Thermostat Wars with your family, our body's needs definitely change as we shift through the seasons...

At this time of year your body and brain understandably need a little bit of extra love and support. Your brain is the CEO of your body which makes it the most important organ you have. It’s in charge of your immune, circulatory, digestive and neurological systems so to keep feeling energetic, healthy and uplifted all winter it’s time to fuel up. Preventative rather than reactionary healthcare is key - so don't wait until you get ill to do something about it!

Here are 5 winter warrior nutrients to help you stay well and feel happy this winter season:

1. Vitamin C
An incredibly versatile nutrient that fights off viruses, boosts your immune system and cuts colds short. Our brains are the biggest consumers
of Vit C, using it for our cognitive  performance (memory + focus) and to make our happy brain chemicals, like serotonin. Low levels have been
found to increase the symptoms of depression and anxiety and a good daily
intake is vital to mental wellbeing.

2. Vitamin D3
It is estimated that 20% of people in the UK are low in the sunshine vitamin. Spending less time outside, sunscreen and seasonality all contribute to poor levels which have been associated to sleep problems, fatigue, poor immunity, SAD (Seasonally Affective Disorder) and low mood.

3. Vitamin B12
6 million Britons are estimated to be deficient in B12 (Methylcobalamin) -  people over 65 and vegans/vegetarians are at particular risk. It is vital for healthy blood and nerve cells, metabolism, cognitive and psychological functioning. It boosts mood due to its role in synergising serotonin and dopamine with low levels being linked to SAD, mood swings, low mood, fatigue and memory fog.

4. Zinc
 Another hard working nutrient that support your immune system (reducing
the length and symptoms of colds and viruses), works to balance hormones
and is essential for brain function. Low levels are related to depressed mood.

5. Selenium
This used to be found naturally in the foods we eat but with 100 years of
intensive farming there is very little left in our soil. It is an unsung
nutrient that lowers oxidative stress, reduces inflammation, and is
crucial for the proper functioning of your immune system and your brain.

Vitamins B6, B9 (5MTHF not Folic acid) and the mineral, Copper along with Omega 3 are all also key players in immunity and brain health playing a fundamental role in producing serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine and the other feel-good brain chemicals.

All the above winter-boosting vitamins can be found in our Mood Me formula

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