Now, more than ever, with the outbreak of Coronavirus, looking after our health is of the upmost importance.

During these times of uncertainty, we need to do everything in our power to take care of ourselves and to maintain the highest level of health possible. Of course, this means being on top of our personal hygiene, eating a well balanced and nutritious diet, being aware and protective of our mental health and ensuring that we still exercise regularly.

Alongside all of this, we can also ensure that we are taken the necessary supplements, as an insurance policy, to make sure our  bodies have all the vital vitamins and minerals needed to keep us fighting fit.

In this article, we’re going to look at which supplements will help during the current virus outbreak, whilst we are in self isolation and spending more time indoors, and when to take them throughout the day, so that you can reap the greatest benefits.

Morning

Vitamin D

Over the coming weeks and months we are going to be spending more time indoors than usual, as we self-isolate and work from home. This extra time indoors means less chance to get out in the sun and absorb Vitamin D. Taking a supplement in the morning is an easy way to ensure we’re still getting our RDA and obtaining the benefits that come with it, such as reducing depression, improving bone health, fighting disease and reducing your chances of developing the common flu (1, 2)

Protein Powder

Protein can be obtained through our food intake, but as food supplies decline in stores and it’s uncertain what will happen with stock levels in the near future, having a bag of protein to hand will ensure you’ll be able to meet your daily protein targets.

Having a shake in the morning will help with feelings of satiety, but they can also be taken throughout the day, particularly around your home workouts to help with the repair and building of muscle tissue. (3)

Afternoon

Super greens powder

Another supplement that acts as a great insurance policy when food supplies may be low. Having an all-in-one super green powder will boost your micronutrient intake and importantly, counts towards your 5-a-day.

Again, this can be taken at any time of day, but the afternoon is a great time to sip on your super greens to get you through that afternoon slump with a powerful punch of goodness.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a micronutrient you certainly don’t want to miss out on right now.  It boasts a whole host of benefits from maintaining good vision, supporting bone health, repairing tissue and most importantly – it boosts and protects your immune system, with research showing that daily Vitamin A consumption is needed for our crucial immune organs to function properly. (4)

Endless Nootropic

Working from home can come with its challenges, and being out of your usual environment, one of the most common problems, is struggling to concentrate and stay (or even get) in the correct frame of mind.  

This is where TPW Endless Nootropics comes in. Made with the latest cutting edge, science backed ingredients, our formula can boost mental performance, reduce tiredness, increase alertness and maintain neurotransmission.

Make sure to take it early in the afternoon, to avoid any disruption to your sleep.

Evening

Magnesium

These are stressful times, and with that, it can be harder to achieve a restful night’s sleep. Taking a magnesium supplement should however, help you hit your 8 hours each night and leave you feeling de-stressed. With its ability to lower levels of cortisol, whilst raising melatonin, this is an ideal supplement to take at bedtime. (5)

Vitamin E

The primary role of Vitamin E is as an antioxidant, meaning it plays a number of important roles in the body from protecting against free radicals, delaying the ageing process and strengthening the immune system (6), which are also combated by a good night’s sleep, making Vitamin E and sleep, a powerful combination.

Whilst being deficient in Vitamin E is rare, if you don’t obtain enough through your diet, then you may be more prone to infections, impaired eyesight and muscle weakness. (6)

Note: Supplements can’t stop you from contracting COVID-19 or cure you of it, but staying healthy and ensuring you’re getting plenty micronutrients in your daily diet, will  improve your overall wellbeing and help your body put up a good fight.

Look after your health and follow all official government guidelines.

 

References

  1. Spedding S. Vitamin D and depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis comparing studies with and without biological flaws. Nutrients. 2014;6(4):1501–1518. Published 2014 Apr 11. doi:10.3390/nu6041501
  2. Aranow C. Vitamin D and the immune system. J Investig Med. 2011;59(6):881–886. doi:10.2310/JIM.0b013e31821b8755
  3. Tipton KD1, Wolfe RR. Exercise, protein metabolism, and muscle growth. International Journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism. 2001 Mar;11(1)
  4. Huang Z, Liu Y, Qi G, Brand D, Zheng SG. Role of Vitamin A in the Immune System. J Clin Med. 2018;7(9)
  5. Golf SW, Happel O, Graef V, Seim KE. Plasma aldosterone, cortisol and electrolyte concentrations in physical exercise after magnesium supplementation. Journal of clinical chemistry and clinical bioichemistry. 1984;22(11)
  6. Rizvi S, Raza ST, Ahmed F, Ahmad A, Abbas S, Mahdi F. The role of vitamin e in human health and some diseases. Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J. 2014;14(2)

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