What better way to start the New Year than with a boost to your wellbeing? Here are our top five supplements to give you the lift you need at the start of 2020.
Known as the sunshine vitamin owing to your body’s ability to produce Vitamin D when the skin is exposed to UVB (ultraviolet B) rays, levels of this vitamin can drop in the winter. To stave off winter blues, strengthen your immune system and maintain your absorption of Calcium, Vitamin D is vital.
As a fat-soluble vitamin it is super important to stick to the recommended dosage. Natural sources are mainly animal products, and so vegetarians and vegans are particularly advised to supplement even the most healthy of diets. It is often now added to non-dairy milks and cereals so that sources are available in a plant based diet. Some of the best food sources are mackerel, sardines, salmon, tuna and cheddar cheese.
These are the healthy bacteria that keep your intestinal health tip-top. They not only play a vital role in digestive function, they also boost your immune system, help you sleep, offer protection from colon cancer and assist with the synthesis of certain vitamins. They also prevent the colonisation in the gut of the harmful, food poisoning bacteria.
A good probiotic is perfect to reboot and support your digestion after Christmas and New Year indulgence. They occur naturally in some fermented foods, such as yoghurt (look for ‘live’ yoghurt containing acidophilus), kombucha and miso. They are also available in easy to take supplement form, or as drinkable bio-yoghurt. They are best taken or eaten daily to keep up a healthy balance of microbes.
Collagen is what gives your body tissues and structures their strength and elasticity. It's effects are often most immediately obvious in your skin, hair and nails. For example, as you age your skin begins to lose its elasticity owing to the naturally decreased production of collagen. It is also a primary component of all connective tissue, found in the whole body.
Collagen is readily absorbed by your body and helps to build healthy, youthful skin, glossy hair and strong nails – it is exactly what you need through the brutal winter weather and to support your general confidence and wellness.
Vitamin C with Zinc
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is vital for overall health, it helps to build up immunity and boost your body’s resistance to viruses.
There are multiple naturally occurring sources of Vitamin C – mainly fresh (uncooked) fruit and veggies - cooking, heat and light all destroy Vitamin C. Great sources are oranges, mangoes, blackcurrants, and green peppers.
It works well in conjunction with zinc and is often found as a combination in supplement form. Zinc, like vitamin C, is also a powerful antioxidant and plays a vital role in your immune system by helping antibodies to fight infection. Natural sources of zinc are oysters, steak, wheatgerm, pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts.
A combination of B Vitamins found in a good B-Complex supplement is ideal for boosting energy and overall wellness. B vitamins are essential for maintaining good general health and energy levels – they have a vast range of benefits between them including:
- Converting food into energy
- Alleviating fatigue
- Maintaining a healthy nervous system
- Boosting mood
- Supporting immune function
- Helping with concentration levels
- Rejuvenating skin, hair and nails
- Lowering cholesterol
- Boosting memory function – to name but a few!
The natural sources of the B vitamins are rich and varied, such as yeast extract, whole grains and brown rice, peas and pulses, cheese, milk, leafy green veg, lean meat, fish, eggs, wholemeal bread, royal jelly, liver and kidneys, bananas, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds and avocado.
So why wait? What is stopping you from giving some of the fabulous feel-good supplements a goo and truly giving yourself a lovely big boost this winter and new year!
Stay well and happy beautiful one, lots of love,
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