19 Aug Confused about Supplements ?
Confused about supplements and which supplements you should or shouldn’t be taking?
To the casual observer the vitamin aisle can be a confusing, crowded and overwhelming place. Many years ago, I used to believe that if you eat well, you shouldn’t need supplements, however this is not taking things like soil depletion into account. Even if you eat 100% organically, wear sandals and organic cotton Thai-fisher pants with a Yoga mat slung over your shoulder, you have to understand these days supplements are essential health-boosters that can help fill in nutritional gaps and protect your body against the occasional diet slip-up, especially taking into account the modern pace of life.
While I recommend everyone eat whole, preferably organic foods, I also believe that high-quality supplements are essential. While they won’t make up for a bad diet, you can think of them as your nutritional workshop at the ready, standing with screwdriver in hand ready to make those quick tweaks, fixes and adjustment to your internal engine – to make sure that your body is running as healthily and beautifully as possible.
If you are struggling to cope against a tide of new and exotic products and brands flooding the supplementation marketplace, “Bee Poo, anybody?” you’re not the only one! So, I have broken down the framework for your supplemental regime into these four key essential areas – the Fantabulous Four:
- Blue Green Algae. Most people will benefit from a blue-green algae to alkalise the system. The modern western diet – lots of over processed meat, eggs, dairy, and alcohol, and not enough vegetables – is predominantly acid forming. Human beings have the same pH as Sea water (7.3 / 7.4); prolonged eating of acid forming foods will contribute to acidosis of the blood stream and increased inflammation. What does this mean? Basically without skirting round the edges, acidosis of the bloodstream and the inflammation that this creates in the body is responsible not just for poor skin and premature ageing, but eventually the symptoms of poor health too. So a long term focus to eating alkalised foods, systematic bi-annual cleansing of the body, supplemented with blue green algae will help to keep the system alkaline. You can buy the above in either powder or frozen form, and to add to soups, salads, smoothies, and juice made from leafy green veg. As one of the most alkalising foods, blue green algae, such as you will find in Gorgeous Greens restores a healthy pH.
- A Good quality Multi Vitamin. Multi vitamins, taken daily, should include a full complement of vitamins and trace minerals which assist in bone formation, energy production, and help maintain blood alkalinity. Make sure that your multi vitamin contains a full compliment of VitC, VitD3, Zinc and Magnesium. We need magnesium as it is the last nutrient to form in fruit/veggies when they ripen on the vine. We pick them early to travel far afield. Also make sure that the multi vitamins have good quality B complex including Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 B6, & B12. B Complex creates and sustains your body’s energy supply by helping to break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The busy B’s activities keep heart health and immunity humming. Small doses of the B’s are also a great treatment for a headache, stress, tiredness, mood swings and menstrual disorders. In fact, with With B vitamins involved in so many of the body’s procedures, it’s easy to see how you can come up wanting on the B chart. This is particularly key if like me you are a vegetarian which might be short on B’s in your everyday diet.
- A Good Quality Probiotic. Probiotics are designed to optimise your gut health and support your digestive function. Probiotics enhance nutrient absorption and immune function. For everyday use what you need is a high quality and gentle probiotic. There has been too much of an emphasis in recent years on numbers of different strains in probiotics. As a result, probiotics have become too complex for everyday life. Brilliant Biotic is a special high quality formulation that has been created with this in mind – real health and beauty begins in the gut!
- Glutathione. Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants our bodies produce. It plays an important role in getting rid of heavy metals, reducing free radicals, and supporting the immune function, which are all very worthy, anti wrinkling pursuits! However degenerative illness, toxic exposure, stress and ageing deplete natural stores of glutathione, and our ability to produce it. In fact Low glutathione levels have been linked to every major ageing process in the human body. So fight back with supplementation – and help keep your energy levels higher, for longer! It’s a no-brainer!
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