Summer is fast approaching and you may be wondering what should by supplement regimen be looking like at this time of year? Should you just stick to what you take in the winter months? There are a few supplements you may want to consider adding to your stack if they’re not there already, especially for the summer.
Best Summer Supplements
Vitamin E is very important during the summer months as it helps protect your skin from sun damage. It is very easy to spend far too long in the sun this summer and this can cause a number of issues for our skin, such as sunburn and heat rash. Sun screen is obviously important to protect your skin from UV rays, but it is still important to drink plenty of water and find shade to rest and recuperate.
Make sure you’re taking Vitamin E everyday to help protect your skin from damage. Vitamin E is a lipid soluble antioxidant, which means it can easily pass through the skin cell membranes. This means we will get a little extra protection from the sun. But remember supplementing with Vitamin E doesn’t mean you can go out without sun screen! It is still important!
Vitamin C is also very important for helping your body deal with excessive sun exposure.
It is still important to make sure you’re eating enough protein even in the summer season. Your bulking period may be over, but to protect the muscle mass you’ve put on you need protein. You may well be going to plenty of BBQ’s, but don’t forget when you’re out all day relaxing on the beach that you should be eating a protein source every 2-3 hours. Grab yourself a box of Protein Cookies to make sure you have a high protein snack with you at all times.
Also make sure you’re using a protein powder like Thewhey (you can carry a serving with you in a PowerTower), which can be easily mixed with water for a 25g protein boost, as well as 5g of BCAAs to help promote protein synthesis.
Aim for 1g of protein per pound of bodyweight. This will help to prevent muscle breakdown.
Okay, so water isn’t a supplement, but it’s so important to make sure you’re drinking enough in the summer months and avoiding dehydration. You need to make sure you’re drinking 1/2 a gallon of water everyday minimum and during the summer if you’re active you should be closer to a gallon of water a day. It is really a good idea to invest in a ½ Gallon Hydrator or a Gallon Hydrator to make sure you’re drinking enough.
The problem is some of us don’t like the taste of water (or lack of taste) and find it boring. Try mixing BCAAs with your water to add flavor and help to maintain your muscle mass.
✓ Omega 3
Omega 3 is very important for healthy skin.If you are lacking omega 3 then it will have a negative effect on the condition of your skin, such as dryness and peeling (not very good if you’re trying to build a tan). It’s important to take care of your skin and keep it healthy, and consuming Omega 3 on a daily basis is a good start.
Also make sure that you’re eating foods such as nuts, coconut oils, flaxseeds and avocados for a host of healthy fats, which are important for your skin.
Take Home Message
Depending on what your currently take there may be a few changes to consider making to the supplements you take, or there may not. The main thing is to make sure you stay hydrated and protect your skin from the sun. Have a great summer!