If I had to choose my “island” supplements, it’d have to be Activated B Vitamins, Magnesium and a blend of Adaptogens.
B vitamins are involved in anything and everything, to name a few; macronutrient utilisation, energy production, cell turnover, tissue regeneration, brain function, and they’re also zapped from our body when we’re exposed to stress – which is all of us. I personally, notice much better energy when I take them and feel they’re just an awesome addition to life in 2018, and yes we get B vitamins from our food, but due to all the exposure to environmental and out of our control stressors, I feel topping ourselves up with a supplement is idea. Choose activated B vitamins to save your body having to “turn them on”. Activated B also beneficial to individuals who have SNP or polymorphisms and methylation issues – two highly under diagnosed and discovered genetic changes that influence how we’re able to utilise and absorb B vitamins.
Magnesium. I love magnesium, as it has such a broad application, and is involved in over 300+ enzymatic reactions. Magnesium is amazing in helping to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, help digestion and bowel movements, muscle recovery, cognition, cramps, PMS, and so so many more.Symptoms of magnesium depletion include cramps, muscle twitches, anxiety, poor sleep and fatigue. Utilise magnesium before bed / at night time, to help your nervous system calm down and get ready for sleep. My favourite supplements are: Fusion Magnesium tablets and Herbs Of Gold Magnesium powder.
Adaptogens. I incorporate this broad spectrum of herbs and foods into my life every single day, because I feel they’re able to make us just a little bit more bulletproof. Adaptogens include Withania/Ashwagandha, Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Lion's Mane medicinal mushroom, Rehmania, Rhodiola, Turmeric, the Ginseng’s, He Shou Wu and so many more (these are just a few!). Adaptogens do as the name suggests – they help us to adapt. If we’re too high, they bring us back down, or if we’re too low, they bring us higher as to help restore balance (homeostasis), which our body is constantly striving to achieve. Adaptogens also work better together, so stacking multiple is ideal, as it boosts the varying and common traits these herbs and plants obtain. Adaptogens are particularly useful for stress. In fact, all 3 of my every day supplements are geared towards helping to manage stress, as it’s all around us. Adaptogens support the adrenal, nervous system, hormone, immune and digestive system in particular, and help to tell your body its okay and not to issue a stress response whenever we breathe in some pollution. My favourite combinations of adaptogens include ATP Science CORT RX, Fusion’s and Stress & Anxiety
Written by our nutritionist Eliza.
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