Vital Nutrients for Folks with Desk Jobs

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If you’re living the slow life, you might want to up your intake of a few things.

In our computer-centric world, not to mention our pandemic-based quarantine world, there are a lot more folks working desk jobs, both in an office and from home. I should know; I’m one of them. But when you spend a lot of time glued to a single spot, some of your bodily processes can go a little weird on you. Joints and muscles get stiff, your mind wanders to strange places, and your eyes start drying out. To mitigate these little effects, there are certain foods and nutrients you can take to balance things out a smidge.

For one thing, sitting in a desk chair all day is murder on your neck and back. When you hold a particular position for long enough, your joints start filling up with lactic acid, making them all stiff and uncomfortable. You can alleviate some of this pain with some spicy stuff like turmeric and black pepper. The potent anti-inflammatory properties of spicy supplements are great for loosening up those joints and muscles.

Are your eyes getting heavy and dry from staring at a computer screen all day? Well, you know what they say: want stronger eyes, eat a carrot. Carrots contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which strengthen and protect your retinas, making them more resistant against the damage caused by blue light-emitting devices. Though, speaking of light, don’t forget to get some vitamin D in you if you’re not getting enough direct sunlight.

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Finally, if you find that spending a lot of time at a desk is messing with your mood or mental state, try some krill oil supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish are good for managing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. They’re also good for the digestion, which your stomach will probably appreciate if you’ve been sitting down all day.