Wellness Wednesdays with Hol:Fit- Top 5 Supplements for Optimal Health

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Now that you’ve added in the 5 Most {Inside/Out} Beautifying Foods, today I want to review 5 Supplements you may want to consider.

It’s important to know that there is no supplement that will trump a consistently healthy, organic whole foods diet. With that in place though – there are still times you may not be getting everything you need. Our soil quality, toxic environment and lifestyle can leave us depleted, and that is where the beauty of supplements comes in. Always seek out foods rich in the components of these 5 supplements first and remember that you generally get what you pay for when you are looking at brands. And before you dive you in – it’s always best to chat with your medical professional to understand what your specific gaps + requirements are.

 

Here are the Top 5 Supplements to consider:

1. Omega 3:

While the obsession with low-fat foods has come + gone, most people still do not get enough healthy fats in their diet. Fats contribute to mental health, hormonal balance, reduce inflammation and most importantly – ensure that vitamins A,D,E + K are absorbed properly! After researching all the fish oil supplements on the market, I feel that Fermented Cod Liver Oil by Green Pastures is the way to go. It’s contains the most deficient forms of Omega 3’s, DHA + EPA and is naturally high in Vitamins A  + D.

2. Vit D:

If you live in a seasonal climate, are dark skinned or don’t get at least 10 min of sunlight on your sunscreen-free skin, there is a good chance you are deficient in Vit D. This is something your doctor can do a simply blood test to determine which is great so that you have a baseline to compare to after you start supplementing. Vit D is a hormonal precursor and deficiency is linked to many diseases. Optimal levels in the body range between 50-70ng and again you can work with your doctor to determine where you are currently at. The best approach would be to get outdoors every every and let the sun kiss your cheeks for about 10 min. Otherwise – this is my fave D3 supplement:

3. Magnesium:
This is a necessary supplement due to our soils being so depleted and it is difficult to get enough from food sources. An anti-inflammatory and lacking in many

people’s diets. The are several ways you can top up your levels – being mindful that you don’t exceed 500 mg total per day. Topically – you can apply Magnesium Oil to your skin – I would focus on areas of typical inflammation for you. Internally you can take magnesium supplements – my fave way is to make a tea at night using Natural Calm brand. Lastly – you could just take a bath! Run the water and add 1cup of epsom salts, dazzle it up with a few drops of pure lavender essential oil and soak for about 20 min 3x a week. Boom! Relaxation, magnesium supplementation + bliss.

4.Gelatin:

Want healthier hair, skin, nails + joints along with improved digestion? You may have heard of the healing powers of Bone Broth and it’s due to the gelatin. Most people see noticeable changes in their skin, hair + nails within weeks of taking. My fave brand is Great Lakes Grass-Fed Gelatin. As a supplement 1tbsp has 6g of protein – so it’s a nice add into a smoothie, or you can use it to make homemade jello.

5. Probiotics: 

Happy gut = happy life and the best way to ensure a happy gut is to make sure you have more good bacteria than you do the bad guys. Gut health has a huge impact on your overall health and by supplementing with probiotics you will boost your immunity and improve digestion, absorption + elimination. Fermenting foods to preserve + produce probiotics is still a practice in many cultures and has become popular in recent years once again. So raise that glass of kombucha boho babe! Here’s my fave probiotic brand for supplementing when your diet is lacking in kraut, kefir, kombucha, kimchi + tempeh. {If you want to learn how to make your own Kombucha, Kefir + Sprouts at home – check out my webinar/eBook bundle}

Ange Peters, the founder of Hol:Fit  is a holistic personal trainer & nutritionist, online holistic health teacher, podcaster of The Holistic Health Diary and an Ambassador for Tiny Devotions.

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