I’ve touched on this briefly in my post ‘Anxiety Self Help – Advice and Tips” it’s a great look into how I deal with my Generalised Anxiety Disorder, I would highly recommend giving it a read. You may find some helpful tips.
So, what’s the point of this post?
Well, people seem to see the term ‘supplements’ as a dirty word. You’re still perfectly healthy if you take supplements. Consider supplements the safety net to your general wellbeing. I would also like to show the importance of these vitamins because as with most deficiencies, you won’t know you’re deficient until you’re in trouble and have to be pumped full of that vitamin to get your levels to an ok amount. So, surely it’s better to take a little pill every day to avoid that happening?
Now, onto what I take every day (all most).
General Vegan Multivitamin
I eat a very healthy diet but I like to take a multivitamin just in case. It gives you everything you need as a minimum on a daily basis in order for your body and mental health to function at 100%.
Evening primrose is an all-around miracle worker. I take it for PMS symptoms but it’s also great for eczema, psoriasis, acne, arthritis, osteoporosis, Cancer, high cholesterol, heart disease and pregnant women during late stages. The list goes on and on.
Everyone can benefit from evening primrose oil. Yep, men included, it’s not just for women.
I first heard about Ashwagandha as an aid for stress management and anxiety. It’s been used for over 3000 years as a natural herb for Stress, Concentration, and improved energy levels. It can reduce blood sugar levels, has anti-cancer properties, reduces symptoms of depression, boosts testosterone and fertility in men, increases muscles mass and strength, reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol and finally improves brain function/memory.
Consider adding this natural herb to your health regime.
Because of Anxiety and undiagnosed IBS, I struggle with tummy issues a lot, mainly constipation. I only recently found out that you’re supposed to take a probiotic every single day. So, I started taking one recently and haven’t had stomach issues since. It could be a coincidence or it could be down to the extra good bacteria in my gut.
Probiotics help mental health conditions, heart health, allergies, eczema, weight loss and they can boost your immune system. Probiotics also help women maintain a natural PH balance with makes you less susceptible to infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis or Thrush.
Most people with a healthy diet don’t need to take Iron. This is one supplement I don’t take every day but only when I’m on my period. It helps with my fatigue, anaemia and my immune system during that time just to give me an extra boost.
Iron has also been shown to help reduce your chances of Alzheimers or Dementia in later life. It can help with maintaining muscle tone, insomnia, restless leg syndrome (something else I sometimes suffer with). People with chronic diseases are also encouraged to maintain a good level of iron in their system.
Iron is very important to our overall health and it’s easy to feel like crap if you’re deficient.
Vitamin D (In winter)
Everyone, I repeat, everyone should be taking Vitamin D in the winter if you live in a colder climate such as the UK. Anywhere that you don’t get a lot of sun in the colder seasons. You get your Vitamin D from the Sun, without the sun means no Vitamin D. You may feel fine but it’s one of those vitamins you don’t want to risk being low on and you only show symptoms when you’re already quite deficient. Don’t take that risk.
Folate – Also known as Vitamin B9
You may be more familiar with ‘Folic Acid’, Folic acid is a non-natural vitamin in our body so you have to take more in order for your body to absorb it. Folate is better to take as it’s a natural form that is better absorbed by your body. Folate isn’t just for pregnant women. It helps prevent breast cancer, heart disease, anaemia and age-related conditions. Don’t overlook this important vitamin.
Other vitamins – Please note, on a daily basis I also take the following. They’re not pills but are equally as valuable.
Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds
Very good sources of Omega 3. Chia and Flax seeds contain plenty of fibre, iron, and calcium while also raising good cholesterol that helps fight against heart attacks and strokes.
Hemp seeds are a great source of healthy fatty acids, specifically GLA (Gamma-Linolenic acid). Great for PMS, ADHD, Breast pain, Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure and many others. People losing weight benefit from taking this nutrient-packed seed as they help with weight loss by curbing excess hunger and are packed full of fibre.
Did I mention, also great for heart health, avoiding cancer and hair, skin and nails? It’s endless.
Nooch (Nutritional Yeast)
Nooch is great for a healthy source of B vitamins. Specifically, B12 which Vegans have no way of getting into their diets without the use of a supplement. Unlike what people assume though, most Vegans actually have higher levels of B vitamins than the majority of the population because we’re more aware of what we need to fuel our bodies with in order to maintain good health. So, please don’t question me about such things the haters out there.
“Dr. Michael Greger tested marathon runners and endurance athletes, finding that those who had the nutritional yeast before their marathon had “better overall health, decreased confusion, fatigue, tension and anger, and increased vigour.” They also seemed to recover faster”(draxe.com)
I hope by reading this post you become more aware of the supplements our bodies need to be healthy. This is just a few of the supplements out there but it’s also some of the most important ones to take. Self-care starts with what you put inside your body. How do you expect to feel good if you don’t give your body what it needs? The easiest way to consider it is that your body is a machine. Just like if you were wanting to lose weight.
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