Vitamins Every Lifeguard Needs for a Strong Immune System
COVID-19 was a wake-up call for us all — it illuminated how much we should care for our immune systems to make sure they’re strong and armed for anything that may come our way. For lifeguards, who work long and exhausting hours, it’s especially important to have a healthy immune system.
Aside from eating healthy and drinking lots of water, vitamins are the key to success with immunity. Before you swipe the whole vitamin aisle, start with the 3 most critical ones.
1. Vitamin C
Well the big kicker is: Your body actually can’t produce vitamin C. It’s an essential vitamin, which means it’s a vitamin you have to get outside of your body because it’s not self-producing. So, why’s it so great for the immune system? Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells and keeps them running efficiently — and those cells are what help prevent infections in the body. Vitamin C also strengthens skin barriers, so it helps block infections from coming into the body in the first place.
2. Vitamin E
This one’s similar to Vitamin C in the sense that it helps your body fight off infections. Plant-lovers and vegans are lucky: Vitamin E can be found in high-fat plant foods. Think: almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, etc. But it can’t hurt to take a Vitamin E supplement if you’re not sure you’re getting all the E-goodness you need.
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties, so it’s a double whammy. It’s known to protect the body against pathogens (a fancy way of saying an organism that causes diseases). Some data even supports that higher levels of Vitamin D led to lower chances of getting COVID-19 or less severe cases of it.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, stock up on these key vitamins and try to take them every day. Stay healthy and safe out there!