Bones, Joints, & Energy: Supplements to Support Your Active Lifestyle
- Supporting your immune health, regulating energy, and maintaining healthy bones and joints are all key for continuing an active lifestyle.
- Supplements should always be taken in addition to adequate sleep, a balanced diet, and lots of water.
Let’s get one thing straight: staying active is not only about looking your best. The benefits of an active lifestyle are massive, and nearly every aspect of your health – from your ability to focus, to your ability to fall asleep at night – can be improved with regular physical activity.
However, whether you’re an avid daily exerciser or a weekend warrior, you must be supporting your body with the right nutrition or supplements. The quality of your energy, mobility, flexibility, bone health, and muscle growth depends on the nutrients you are putting into your body.
Let’s look at some of the most important supplements to help support your active lifestyle.
Supplements for general health
A healthy lifestyle requires a holistic approach. You will not be able to perform your best in the gym, during your run, or on your yoga mat if you do not take care of your general health and wellbeing – which includes your immune system. Your immune system protects you from harmful antibodies, and allows you to continue the active lifestyle that you enjoy.
One of the most important vitamins for the immune system is, of course, vitamin C. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient, meaning your body cannot create it on its own, and therefore must be replenished daily. While there are many fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and red bell peppers, the easiest way to ensure you’re getting your daily dose of vitamin C is to take a vitamin C supplement.
Sundown® Vitamin C: This vegan-friendly supplement delivers immune and antioxidant support, so that you can continue doing what you love. Available in a variety of dosages, as well as both gummy and tablet forms.
Turmeric, an Asian plant that is part of the ginger family, is also an excellent immune system supporter, offering plant-based antioxidants.* Turmeric can help support the immune system, and has also been shown to help inflamed joints.1
Sundown® Turmeric: This non-GMO^ supplement provides 450 mg of turmeric root and 50 mg of turmeric extract per capsule, and supplies your body with the antioxidant support it needs.*
In a perfect world, we would all get the exact amount of vitamins and minerals we need each day from our diet. However, too often, our busy lifestyle can get in the way. A great way to support your general well being and fill in any nutritional gaps is to take a multivitamin.
Sundown® Multivitamin Gummies are a fun, delicious way to get your daily dose of ten essential vitamins plus zinc. These gummies come in grape, orange, and cherry flavors and support bone, immune, and heart health so that you can be at your best!
Supplements for energy
Having energy is important, but when you have energy is also important. You want to have energy during the day when you need it, but you still need to be able to fall asleep at night. It’s all about regulation.
For energy metabolism support: B-complex vitamins
B-complex vitamins play a key role in transforming the food you eat into the energy. B-vitamins help convert dietary energy into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the form of energy your body uses.
Sundown® B-Complex includes several B-vitamins that work to support your nervous system and transform the food you eat into energy. These vegetarian and vegan friendly capsules help you reap the benefits of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folic acid, and B12.
Sundown® B-12 are the perfect way to support your body’s energy metabolism. These tablets are time-released, allowing them to be released through the system gradually so that you can benefit throughout the day!*
For a restful sleep at night: melatonin
The reason darkness makes you drowsy and sunlight wakes you up is all thanks to melatonin. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates the body’s sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm.
Sundown® Melatonin supports restful sleep, and is ideal when dealing with occasional sleeplessness.* And, they’re non-GMO^, and free of gluten, wheat, dairy, lactose, and artificial flavors!
Other ways to maintain your energy
Make sure you’re getting enough natural sunlight: Natural sunlight is the strongest factor that affects the circadian rhythm, or sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin reduces when exposed to sunlight.
Limit your caffeine intake: Although it’s tempting to reach for that extra cup of coffee in the afternoon, the jolt of energy caffeine gives you can leave you feeling more tired than before. Try drinking a glass of water instead.
Start the day with protein: Protein-rich foods take longer for your body to break down into energy, ensuring you are energized throughout the day. Start your day with eggs, oatmeal, or a protein shake.
Supplements for bone health
Building strong bones isn’t only important when you’re a child. As you age, it becomes equally as important to ensure you are providing proper nourishment to your bones. Thankfully, there are supplements that can help maintain bone strength and keep you doing the physical activity you enjoy.
Calcium & Magnesium
Calcium is a mineral found in many foods. Almost all calcium is contained in bones and teeth, where it supports their structure and hardness. As you age, the efficiency of your calcium absorption from your digestive tract decreases.2 You will usually find magnesium in calcium supplements because magnesium helps the body absorb and maintain calcium.
Sundown® Calcium Magnesium & Zinc offers a trifecta of support for your bones, helping them stay healthy and strong. Calcium is the primary mineral responsible for bone density, and magnesium contributes to bone mineralization, which is essential for structure and strength.* Zinc is involved in the synthesis of collagen in your bone tissue.*
Other ways to build strong bones
Get enough vitamin D: Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, plays a key role in helping your body absorb calcium. The sun is the primary source of vitamin D, but taking a vitamin D supplement, like this one, is also a great option – especially during the colder winter months.
Eat lots of vegetables: Vegetables provide many of the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain strong bones. They’re also a great source of vitamin C, which may help protect bone cells from damage.3
Supplements for joint health
Often, people don’t think about their joints until they are experiencing discomfort. But being proactive in caring for your joints will ensure that you can continue doing the activities you love and enjoy.
Glucosamine is a natural compound found in cartilage – the connective tissue that cushions joints. It is used to promote cartilage and joint health.
Sundown® Glucosamine Chondroitin supplies your joints with support to stay healthy and nourished. These tablets also include bone-healthy vitamin D3 and calcium!
Other ways to support your joints
Warm-up before exercise: Warming up before exercising gets your blood pumping and warms up your joints, which helps prevent injury. Dynamic stretches or low-impact exercises like cycling are a great way to warm-up.
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet: Reducing inflammation is key to maintaining happy joints. Eating anti-inflammatory foods such as green leafy vegetables, fatty fish such as salmon, and olive oil, can help reduce inflammation in your joints.
Summing it up
What you do to stay active – running, swimming, chasing your kids – is only part of a healthy lifestyle. The other, equally important part has to do with how you take care of your body, so that you can continue your active lifestyle. Paying attention to immune health, regulating your energy, and maintaining bone and joint health can be made easy with the use of supplements, as well as adequate sleep and balanced meals.
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