Monday, 6 August 2018

A healthy life, Deejay's top six supplements

In winter we generally prefer to stay indoors and get cozy, thus we are in closer proximity to others. This in turn makes us more susceptible to catching a cold and the flu.

My niece and nephews are forever sniffling and my parents have had the flu a number of times this season. While one strategy would be to avoid them completely I actually like hanging with my family so this isn’t an option.

So, I’ve paid particular attention to being consistent with my supplements this season on top of getting adequate rest, eating well and going to the gym. With my full time job, photography, writing for the blog and running a gym label I often get asked how do I do it all?

Well full disclosure it isn’t easy. I have days where I get tired and do nothing but sit on the couch in a vegetated state. However, I make it a priority to keep my health in check and keep my immune system strong because simply I don’t have time to get sick.

Of course I am human and get sick but I do the best to help reduce it. My top six supplements to help boost my immune system and general health, from the Healthy Life Canberra Centre store are as follows:

1. Olive leaf extract
Why it’s good: Research has shown that olive leaf is great for enhancing the immune system and aiding in the management of viral infections. It’s also full of antioxidants, almost double the amount in green tea.

The cons: Look I can’t lie it tastes awful. I made the mistake of buying the ‘natural flavour’ the first time. If you are going to invest in this, personally I like the Comvita mixed berry flavour. I shot it or mix it in with my green juices (it’s super sweet but a much nicer alternative to the natural flavour). I swear by this and have it on the daily. Touch wood I have only had a short three day cold this winter season.  I am also about to convince Sofia to take this, I would be interested to see what she thinks of it.

2. Vitamin C
I love taking my vitamin C tablets (on top of eating heaps of veges), partly because they taste like lollies to me (the powder pictured is also great and easy to add to smoothies, it's up to you what you prefer). On the health side they are a great antioxidant with the molecules boosting the immune system. Research has shown that vitamin C often depletes in those who are sensitive to stress, so for me I think it’s perfect.

3. Turmeric (Curcumin)
Fresh turmeric is something that I add to my green juices in the morning as I love it’s zingy taste. However, because it’s hard to find in the stores (and it’s annoying to use because it stains everything yellow) I add the supplement to my diet as well.

Why it’s good: Tumeric contains a compound called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Fresh turmeric contains very little curcumin and is hard to absorb so it’s beneficial to add the supplement to your diet to experience the full effects.

As a supplement it helps fight inflammation, and has a role in repairing damage. In some studies it’s also been shown to help with depression (however I am sceptical to go into this because the sample size was relatively small for this research). However, having suffered from depression in the past I like to think it helps.

The cons: The tablets I take are uncoated so for those who find pills hard to swallow you might struggle with these.

4. PropolisSo I only recently started taking propolis after I read an online article about it. What is it? It’s the raw materials made by honey bees. It’s a mix of tree and plant resin mixed with the bee enzymes and sometimes beewax. Breaking it down like this is a little be bit gross however it’s a great supplement.

Why it’s good: It’s great for killing bacteria. I tend to fall victim to tonsillitis so this is one of my remedies for this. At the first sign of a sore throat get the spray version and use it! (either that or a Myrrh tincture from my trusted natropath). I refuse to get my tonsils out and using this supplement has been my saviour.

The cons: The tablet form of this supplement stinks. I find the smell funky and have to throw it back quickly. 

5. Magnesium
While this isn’t for my immune system magnesium is also something I take on the daily. It’s great for brain function and helping me balance my emotions and mood.

6. Liquid Chlorophyll

I actually enjoy drinking this. What is it you ask? Chlorophyll is the part that makes plants green and healthy. It also has vitamins, antioxidants, and therapeutic properties that may benefit your body. On a side note it makes my bottle of water look like a weird science experiment and flavours my water to taste like mint (helping me drink more). An old work friend introduced me to this, I saw her having it and was curious to try it. 

Why it's good: It has great detoxification properties for the liver and I find when I drink it regularly it helps my skin. It apparently also helps with digestion. However we are all different I had a friend try it and she hated it, as she had some adverse effects from it, so do what works for you.

Full disclaimer that I am not a dietician, this is just a list of my favourite supplements that I like to have on top of a balanced diet. Should you want to know more the staff at the Healthy Life Canberra Centre store are exceptionally knowledgeable and always on hand to have a chat about what is right for you (also happy to refer you to my Natropath Markus he's actually the best).

I am curious to know what do you swear by?


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