Whether you start a new eating plan, or a new exercise routine, September seems to be a month of getting you back on track after the summer holidays. We are getting ready for back to school and back to our regular scheduled programs. Maybe this September you have decided to try some supplements to boost your health. So I thought I would give you a glimpse of my daily supplement routine.
If you have read the About Us page, you will know that I have a background in Natural/Holistic Nutrition. Part of the knowledge is food and lifestyle based and part is on supplementation. Of course food should always be our number one choice to get our nutrients from but lets be honest, we would have to eat super healthy for 100% of the time and life just does not work that way. I like to live life and have fun so that may be the 60/40 or 80/20 rule but never 100%. No one is perfect!
Now taking vitamins/minerals or herbs might not be your thing. I understand that so I am hoping that you read this post with an open mind and maybe one thing might trigger you to try something and enhance your current lifestyle.
Every morning with my breakfast, I take or try to remember to take 3 things:
- Adrenal Support – This is important to help our bodies deal with the day to day stresses of life. We know that when our adrenal glands get fatigued and are having a hard time secreting the hormones required, we tend to have an increase in perimenopause/menopause symptoms. The support I take has the herb ashwagandha which is known as an adaptogen and supports your adrenals. You can also support your adrenals with food. I wrote about that in the Adrenal – Thyroid connection.
- Vitamin D – Now if there is one supplement that everyone should take, it is Vitamin D. Studies show that most of the population is low in this essential vitamin because we just do not get enough direct sun to our skin anymore.
- Liquid Iodine – This is to support my thyroid. There is a connection between our adrenal glands and thyroid. I will refer you back to the link of Adrenal-Thyroid connection above for more information.
Other Supplements in My Cupboard
- Magnesium – This mineral is involved in so many biochemical reactions in our bodies. It is also found to be very essential for women during perimenopause. Taking this before bed can help with sleep issues and it may also help with hot flashes. This is something that I take periodically when I feel I need it.
- Iron – If you are still menstruating, then you may need some iron. Check out this article from Shirley Weir of Menopause Chicks Facebook Group – Low Iron Mimics Signs of Hormone Imbalance.
- Probiotics – Happy gut – Happy you!! Gut health is so important to overall health and overall mental health. Did you know that almost 90% of our serotonin receptors are in our digestive system. Serotonin is the known as the happy chemical. So if we keep our gut healthy, we have an overall stability of mood.
- Collagen – I will refer to a previous post – Collagen – What It Is and Why We Need It.
So there you have it, a glimpse into my daily supplement routine and why I take the things I do. Please let me know if you have any questions on anything that I chatted about or ask your health care practitioner. Also good to note, that these are the things that work for me. We are all individuals, so if you try something and it doesn’t work for you, that is ok. Maybe it just isn’t for you.
I would also be interested to know if there is any supplement that you swear by that helps you be the best you. Let us know in the comments below.