We tend to do things in summer that we wouldn’t do any other time of the year – - swim, barbecue, camp, hike and travel with kids on vacation. These summer activities can also present unique, seasonal health challenges.
Last year, around this time, Kirkman® named our top nutritional supplement recommendations for summer (Gastromune Allergy Support, magnesium, probiotics, sleep products and vitamin C). This year, we’re adding supplements to that list to ensure that you keep the fun in your “summer fun” activities.
Around the Barbecue
We’ve probably all stood near a barbecue and instinctively knew to get out of the way of those delicious but hard to inhale fumes.
Grilling meat at high temperatures can release toxic chemicals, known as AGEs (advanced glycation end products) that are also a by-product of tobacco smoke. AGEs are known to cause oxidative stress and cellular inflammation, which can lead to serious health issues as we age.
To combat the effects of AGES, Kirkman® recommends taking L-Carnosine. In a recent blog, Dr. Oz also praised the benefits of L-Carnosine for protection from the effect of AGEs released from barbecuing.
L-Carnosine is composed of two amino acids (dipeptide) – ß-alanine and L-histidine and is highly concentrated in the brain. Researchers have found that L-Carnosine is a strong hydrophilic antioxidant with a particular affinity for scavenging superoxide anion and hydroxyl free radicals. According to studies, L-Carnosine also demonstrates antiglycating properties, which inhibit damage of cell structures.
Kirkman® offers an exceptionally high-quality L-Carnosine, in 200 mg, hypoallergenic capsules.
For Pool Swimmers
Not many kiddos can resist the allure of a cool, turquoise swimming pool on a hot summer’s day. And even though there’s a cautionary, well-known tale here about the toxic effects of chlorine on the body – swimming in chlorinated pools is still very much a part of many families’ summer fun.
Chlorine is a strong chemical that reddens eyes and causes allergic reactions in some swimmers. Chlorine absorbs into the skin and can cause life-threatening health issues and even reproductive problems.
Some nutritional supplements are known to mitigate the effects of chlorine. These are:
Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate can neutralize chlorine in hair and skin but should be used topically. Also an antioxidant that supports the body’s response to chlorine. Vitamin D and Alpha Lipoic Acid: Antioxidants that help the body deal with effects of chlorine. Taurine: May support detoxification from chlorine. Magnesium Sulfate Cream: Use as a soothing topical cream.
For Campers and Hikers
If you plan on camping or hiking outdoors, take along allergy protection. Being in new terrain and plant environments can prompt allergy symptoms to occur.
Kirkman’s proprietary formulation for allergies is Gastromune Allergy Support (#0367-120), an herbal blend specially formulated to support healthy immune system response.
Magnesium supports breathing that can become labored if affected by pollen and other allergens. Kirkman® manufactures a wide variety of magnesium products in different forms and strengths. These include: Magnesium Malate 1000 mg Hypoallergenic (#0373-120), Magnesium Citrate Soluble Powder – Hypoallergenic (#0239-008), Buffered Magnesium Oxide – Hypoallergenic (#0257-250), Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate – Hypoallergenic (#0096-250) and Buffered Magnesium Bisglycinate Powder – Bio-Max Series (#0459-004).
Kirkman® also recommends taking a good, multi-strain probiotic such as Kirkman’s Pro-Bio Gold™ (#0442-060 or #0442-120) to support beneficial intestinal flora. The probiotic will also work synergistically with Gastromune Allergy Support for maximum benefit.
For Traveling with Kids
The most important supplement pack for you and your fellow travelers is a broad spectrum multi-vitamin. If you plan to travel with a child who has special dietary sensitivities, finding the right foods to eat in unfamiliar locales may be a main challenge. Hopefully, you’ll avoid the fast food route, which offers little to no nutrition. Kirkman offers many, good choices in multi-vitamins for your entire family. Click here to see Kirkman’s many, multi-vitamin supplement options.
For most kids, there’s no greater excitement than going on summer vacation with the family. Anticipation of new things to see and do and the excitement of actually doing those things can amp up their adrenalin so that they are chemically wired not to relax or sleep.
Safe and gentle supplements to use for relaxation are any form of magnesium (see magnesium options above), but in particular Magnesium Citrate Soluble Powder (#0239-008), which can be mixed into warm or hot water for a delicious before-bed drink.
Kirkman® also offers a variety of other sleep aids that are gentle and effective such as Melatonin 1 mg Chewable Tablets (#0068-100), Melatonin Plus Magnesium – Hypoallergenic (#0037-100, #0037-250),Restless Sleep Herbal Blend (#0539-060) and Children’s Chewable Chocolate Melatonin 3 mg (#0524-090)
 Advanced Glycation End Products in Foods and a Practical Guide to Their Reduction in the Diet. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3704564/
 Summer Supplements to Beat the Heat. (2012, May 23). Retrieved from https://www.doctoroz.com/article/summer-supplements-beat-heat
 Hendler, S. S. (2008). PDR for Nutritional Supplements 2nd Edition. Montvale, NJ: Physicians Desk Reference Inc.