Winter’s short days and gloomy weather can wreak havoc with your mood. You may feel grumpy, depressed, less energetic and not inclined to exercise. And the last thing you crave is a salad! But being less active and eating comfort foods can cause weight gain, which can make you feel even more depressed.
And winter depression is just the tip of the iceberg. Nutrient deficiency from too little sunlight and poor food choices puts you at risk for colds and flu that seem to proliferate during the winter months.
Getting enough of the following nutrients can make a huge difference in your mood, and give you extra immune support to dodge wintertime infections:
- Vitamin D: Your body manufactures this essential nutrient when you expose your skin to sunlight. However, being bundled up from head to toe and barely seeing the sun during winter’s short hours almost guarantees deficiency. Fortunately, D is a fat-soluble vitamin that your body is able to store. If you can get away to a warm sunny location, soak up as much sun as possible. Otherwise, try to go outdoors on sunny winter days and soak up what you can by turning your bare face to the sun. Full spectrum light therapy is a solution that can tide you through the winter with your Vitamin D stores intact.
- Vitamin C: This bright vitamin found in citrus and tomatoes works miracles throughout your body, giving you healthy glowing skin, boosting your immune system and helping you absorb iron. It even fights free radicals that can cause cancer. Oranges are in season, so load up on fresh sunny C!
- Glutathione: Another immune system booster, this amino acid peptide plays a key role in liver function, where your body metabolizes fat. Like C, it is an antioxidant cancer fighter, and it protects your body from environmental toxins. Grapefruit is a great source of glutathione, and its pectin lowers cholesterol.
- Magnesium: Deficiency of magnesium is one of the leading nutritional deficiencies in adults that leads to stress, achy muscles, poor digestion and trouble sleeping. Magnesium calms anxiety and increases energy. Spinach is high in both magnesium and Vitamin C. Soaking in an epsom salt bath can significantly boost your magnesium stores
- B Vitamins: The B Complex vitamins are water soluble, meaning you do not store what you do not need, yet they play a vital role in health. Vitamin B deficiency can lead to chronic fatigue, depression, chronic stress and feeling run down. B Vitamins play a critical role in nervous system function. Animal products like meat, fish and eggs are high in B Vitamins.
Micronutrient Therapy for Mood and Immunity
Getting all the nutrients you need through your diet can be challenging. Depleted soil, food processing and exposure to heat can rob food of its nutrients, leaving you deficient, even it you try to eat a healthy diet.
Oral nutritional supplements can help, but they often pass through your digestive tract without being fully absorbed. The best way to arm yourself against winter infections and depression is through micronutrient IV therapy.
At Advanced Cryo NYC, we feature a variety of micronutrient IV cocktails designed to meet your nutritional needs. Our professional clinicians can help you select the cocktail that is right for you. Then just relax in our spa-like clinic while powerful micronutrients are infused directly into your bloodstream, to be immediately carried to cells throughout your body.
Contact Advanced Cryo NYC in the heart of SoHo, and schedule your micronutrient infusion today. And be sure to ask about our unique menu of therapies and treatments, all created to keep you healthy, young and beautiful, all year long.