Those of you that know me, or have been a client of mine, will know that I am not a massive fan of supplements.
I prefer to prescribe herbs, superfoods and real foods to help encourage the body to stay in peak health.
However, they definitely do have their place, and during these colder, darker, winter months, we need all the help we can get. Viruses and bugs are rife right now.
Every person I am coming into contact with is coughing, sneezing and spluttering all over me! If you feel this is you, too, and you would like a little tonic to glide you through these more challenging months then here is my list…but I would like to add that just because you are taking a supplement, doesn’t mean you can take your eye off the ball with your food.
You can guarantee that extra garlic, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon in your cooking or raw, is going to give you that little immune boost to keep you fighting fit through these months.
This is typically found in the warmer parts of North America and Europe. It is rumoured that Hippocrates, the Greek “father of medicine,” referred to the elderberry as his “medicine chest” due to its many functions.
The antioxidant capacity of black elderberries is superior to strawberries, cranberries and blueberries and just a few teaspoons of black elderberry may help to keep you at your best until spring finally shines.
Winter will be much more bearable with help from this super charge Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which protects against free radical damage, chemicals and pollutants that may harm our body’s cells.
It’s easy to obtain through diet. Citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, pineapple and strawberries are a few of the best sources of vitamin C, but if these nutrient-rich foods aren’t part of your diet, you can supplement vitamin C in a variety of forms, from tasty chewable tablets to capsules and powders.
Vitamin E oil
If you suffer from dry, flaky skin in cooler weather, vitamin E oil is an excellent addition to your personal care routine.
Though not your typical supplement, this oil provides a powerful dose of vitamin E that you apply topically – just as you would a body lotion. It’s often mixed with other oils (almond, apricot, avocado, sunflower, etc), which all have an array of benefits to promote healthy skin.
On top of being an excellent moisturiser, vitamin E oil is an antioxidant, protecting our skin from free radical damage.
This is an often-overlooked mineral with a host of important benefits. Zinc supports proper immune function, eye health and the regulation of appetite, taste and smell.
Zinc is also responsible for the production of superoxide dismutase (SOD), which plays an important role in protecting our bodies from free radical damage. Men may especially benefit from this mineral, as zinc helps to support healthy prostate tissue, sperm mobility and testosterone production.
If you have health issues and would like to book a consultation with me to devise your own personalised plan, don’t hesitate to contact me.