This is the second week I Heart Omron Fitness Challenge. The first week was rough because I was sick. I still managed to lose four pounds but it was more from lack of eating...
Supplementing Your Healthy Habits
Supplementing Your Healthy Habits
Life is all about moderation, and it can be a delicate balance to navigate and master. We all want to feel and look our best and go to great lengths to accomplish this. Whether you're looking to shed weight after pregnancy, recover after an injury, kick the habit or just want to be in better physical and emotional shape – supplementing can really boost your efforts in these departments. While everyone from your best friend to your naturopath will have ideas as to what supplements should be taken every single day, let's just look at the ones that have the most benefits for just about everyone, no matter their age or lifestyle.
Vitamin C packs several meaningful punches when it comes to overall health and immunity. As we head into cold and flu season, it's essential that we're keeping our Vitamin C intake on the up and up. Chances are, even if you're a citrus fruit lover and drinking orange juice every morning, you're still not getting enough of this vital nutrient in. So, supplementing Vitamin C in your vitamin regimen is a given. It also combats inflammation and the adverse effects of smoking – so if you're a vaper or smoker who hasn't been able to kick the habit yet, you definitely need some “C” in your life!
We've learned a lot about the importance of Vitamin D over the last year and a half, but the reality is – long before the pandemic – most Americans were deficient in this vital nutrient. You can get vitamin D from mushrooms, various fish, and even some dairy products, but you're likely still coming up short. Additionally, you get Vitamin D from the sun's rays. Still, without it turning to fall and winter now, chances are you're spending more time indoors than outside, so make sure you're choosing a vitamin D supplement you trust and use it daily.
Some people like to call this “Magnesi-Om” because it really does calm you down and give you a sense of peace. If you're like most people, you struggle with work and family life stressors on a somewhat regular basis. If you need help calming down, consider adding a magnesium supplement to your routine. You can also get your magnesium intake through regularly soaking in the bath with Epsom salts. The reason the salts relax your aching muscles is the Magnesium they contain. If you suffer from aching muscles often, you can also buy magnesium oil to rub on your joints or muscles (wherever you're hurting). Like Vitamin D, most American adults are deficient in Magnesium as well, and you will know you're deficient if you rub the oil on you feel a bit of sting.
If you are a woman in your reproductive years, Folic Acid is recommended by experts for you. So, women in the age group of 16 to 45 should make sure to take Folic Acid daily, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. If you are trying to conceive, you should also include prenatal vitamins with your regular vitamins and Folic Acid- or better yet, choose a prenatal made with folate for higher bioavailability. And if you've already conceived, first of all – Congratulations! And secondly, now it's more important than ever to continue supplementing your healthy lifestyle!
You know the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids and their role in your overall health and well-being. The best source to get these essential fatty acids is through Krill oil. So, make sure you're doing your heart and brain health the favor of adding this in with your routines. Krill oil also contains powerful antioxidants, so it's a win/win!
Growing up, we have all been reminded of the importance of drinking milk for strong teeth and bones. These days though, many people opt for a dairy-free diet, so getting your recommended Calcium may present as somewhat of a challenge. If this is you, you should incorporate calcium daily to make sure you have strong teeth and bones – but it also benefits your heart health.
Living an active and healthy lifestyle includes many things, like exercise daily, practicing self-love and self-care, taking care of your mental and emotional wellness. It can all be overwhelming. That's why supplementing is essential; they're an easy addition to your lifestyle that can make all the difference. Try placing them somewhere visible in your kitchen or bathroom, so you remember to take them every day. Here's to your health!