Eating healthily is the number one way to keep your body in great shape. By now, you will know exactly what that means. Making meals out of lots of fruits and vegetables, and cutting down on sugar and fat. But did you know you can also give your diet a little boost by supplementing it with somethings? Supplements are usually tablets and teas that contain high levels of various vitamins and minerals. You can also find some in powder form. When taken alongside a nutritious diet, they can help your body stay fit, strong, and supple. There are loads of different supplements out there in the health food shops. Not sure which ones to take? Here’s my roundup of some of the best ones.
Whey protein is one of the world’s most popular supplements. Especially among weightlifters and those wanting to build muscle mass. It often comes in a powdered form that can be used to make milkshakes or can be simply sprinkled onto your meals. Whey protein is a byproduct produced during the cheesemaking process and is super digestible. But this amazing supplement isn’t just for those who want to bulk up. It has been shown to reduce blood pressure, and it can also effectively regulate blood sugar levels. Some studies have been carried out to research this latter point. They show that taking whey protein could be effective in treating type 2 diabetes. That isn’t where the benefits stop. It is also considered an anti-inflammatory and can also relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Omega 3 Fish Oils
Do your kids have exams coming up soon? It could be worth getting them to take a daily dose of Omega 3 fish oils, as some studies show that they can improve brain power. But there are also some other great advantages as well. Some that may even persuade you to start taking them! Omega 3s are very beneficial for the heart and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. This is because they help with lowering blood pressure and can slow down the development of plaque in the arteries. Omega 3s are also linked to reducing asthma and depression. It’s very easy to add these oils to your diet. They are found in fish, especially in sardines, herring, and wild salmon. But you can also buy them in capsule form.
Until recently, not that many people had heard of citicoline, but over the past couple of years, it has seen a boom in popularity. This chemical is produced naturally in our brain, but sometimes we can do with giving our body an extra dose to help protect our brain and neurons. Increasing your levels of citicoline will improve most of the brain’s functions. Things like memory, learning, and visual focusing will increase. Some people take it as a way to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia while others use it as a way to combat ADHD. You’ll find many top-rated Citicoline brands in your local health food store.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea drinkers will tell you that it is a great aid for weight loss. Well, now you can tell them that they can go one step further and start adding green tea extract to their cooking! You can sneak it into various dishes if you don’t particularly like the taste of green tea. Alternatively, look for tablets of it in your local health store. So why is the extract better than just drinking the tea? As well as helping with weight loss, it can treat headaches, stomach pains, and diarrhea. Some people believe that it can be used as a cure for cancers. You don’t have to stick to just eating your green tea extract. Use it topically to relieve skin ailments, including athlete’s foot and to reduce the red puffiness under tired eyes.
If you have been suffering from stomach and digestive issues lately, probiotics could help you to sort out any unbalance in your gut. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that occur in your gut naturally. These can be lost through illness, so taking supplements of probiotics will replace them and help your body get back to good health. Recent studies show that probiotics may be able to help out with more than just digestive problems. There have been studies that show they can clear up skin ailments, especially eczema. It is also widely believed that they can reduce the unpleasant symptoms of hay fever and other allergies. You can buy yogurts and other dairy products that have been enriched with these healthy bacteria. They will be ready for you to eat straight away so that you can promptly feel the benefits!
If you live in an area that doesn’t get much sun, even during the summer, it could be worth investing in some Vitamin D tablets. The vitamin is important for healthy bones and teeth as it can regulate the absorption of calcium from the blood stream. But there is a lot more to this little vitamin! New research suggests that low levels of Vitamin D can put you at risk of type 1 diabetes. And the risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancers can increase if you are not getting enough of the vitamin. It can also lower blood pressure, which can lead to a reduced risk of some heart diseases. Our body naturally absorbs this vitamin from sunshine, but it is also found in many food sources. There are high levels of it in eggs, cheese, and fatty fish. But many people choose to supplement their levels by taking Vitamin D tablets. Ask at your local health food shop for more information.
If you start taking these supplements, then your diet couldn’t be any more healthier! There are, of course, loads more possible supplements for you to take, all with their different benefits. If you want to find out more, there are loads of resources online! The staff at your local organic or health food shop will also be very happy to help you learn more.