I love supplements – it goes with the territory of what I do. I have loads of them and am always thrilled to see another miracle combo on the market. Supplements really do work, but it’s worth noting that they work when they are used at the correct time and for the right reason.
All too often this isn’t the case and there seems to be a lot of self-prescribing going on out there! The thing we need to remember is that our bodies are pretty tolerant and spend their days balancing out any imbalance there is, whether it is our body temperature, toxins, hydration, cholesterol, inflammation or even vitamin and mineral balances. For example, if we are low in calcium this can affect our heart, so our body will redistribute calcium from our bones until more calcium has been taken in through our diet. Clever, hey? If we keep taking calcium from our bones to protect our heart without replacing it through what we eat, though, eventually we will see a decline in bone health. This is when it becomes very obvious that there is a mineral deficiency. Taking a supplement should come before this point of course, but not just because we think we “should” be taking it.
We should be getting most of our nutrients from our diet, but sometimes that is not enough and this is when supplementing is needed. At this time of year we may well have been away and been eating and drinking too much, so a little liver and gut loving wouldn’t go amiss! Things to include at this time of year would be:
A great multi-vitamin and a good dose of vitamin C – this will help to boost your immune system ahead of autumn and also help to neutralise free radicals in the body.
You could also start taking echinacea now. It is accumulative, so you need to build up the protection – taking it when you are already sick is too late!
A bit of N-acetyl-cysteine is really supportive to your liver – as is alpha lipoic acid – and will help you get back on track.
Some people can find the move toward autumn a struggle and may have problems getting motivated. L–theanine is wonderful for helping you concentrate and getting your mind back on the job! Green tea has lots of it – and also a little caffeine that will wake you up.
You could also look at supplementing L-tyrosine, which helps the production of dopamine and will help you stay happy!
If you are feeling fatigued then a vitamin B supplement could help.
Finally, a good omega-3 fish oil or some flaxseed oil will help with that little brain spark.
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