I am a complete advocate of healing with food. However, there are times in our lives when specific supplementation can be useful for a specific period of time to help your body achieve balance. I’m frequently being asked what supplements to use, the best brands and if they are really worth it. It is absolutely crucial to check with your doctor before starting any new dietary or supplementary changes, but below are a three supplements that may change the game for your health!
Long-term symptoms of low magnesium or mineral deficiency can manifest into constipation, muscle twitches, PMS, PMDD, chronic migraines, insomnia and more. Magnesium also plays a huge role in regulating cholesterol, preventing depression and balancing insulin in the body. Even though magnesium is easily found in food, more than 70% of American adults are magnesium deficient.
Tip: Take a small magnesium supplement at night, for some it may cause drowsiness. If or when your stool becomes too soft, that is a sign to reduce or stop taking supplemental magnesium. Some of my favorite food sources of magnesium include: chia seeds, spinach, quinoa, lentils and hemp seeds.
Aside from helping with the effects of hormonal imbalance such as low energy and slow metabolism, deficiency in some B vitamins can leave your hair and nails dull and brittle. Long term deficiency in B6 levels can cause inflammation, a progesterone imbalance and irregular menstrual cycles. Supplementing with a high quality, food based B complex complex can help to balance the health of your hair, hormones, nervous system, skin, nails, regulate blood sugar levels, boost energy and much more. Some of my favorite food sources of B vitamins (and B6) include: avocado, sunflower seeds, spinach, spirulina.
Because the majority of your immune system, hormone production and nutrient absorption is taking place in your gut, you need a host of healthy bacteria to efficiently perform these functions. Probiotics can be taken daily to help improve the gastro-intestinal environment and boost your overall health. Our our digestive system is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria which help in balancing intestinal health and digesting food. Antibiotics fight the bad bacteria and probiotics help feed the good guys. You need em’! Some of my favorite food sources of probiotics include: pickled vegetables, sauerkraut and coconut kefir.
Turmeric is actually a root, used often as a spice. Nutritionally it contains powerful anti-inflammatory, compounds that also support brain health, liver detoxification, stabilize blood sugar and fight some types of cancer. Used as both medicine and food for centuries, this traditional and ancient spice can be daily. Since it is not practical to consume as much turmeric as needed daily to receive the health benefits, I love to take turmeric supplements. You can also use turmeric powder is smoothies and whole juices, as well as in soups and main dishes.