I get asked this question all of the time! “What are the key things I should be supplementing with?”
In the above video I have listed out my top six recommendations!
1) Magnesium: This nutrient is key in muscle and nerve function. Magnesium is also key in supporting a healthy immune system among hundreds of other biochemical mechanisms in the body!
Best Sources of Magnesium: Think green veggies, nuts, seeds, and CHOCOLATE!
2) B vitamins: There are 8 different B vitamins (all of which are important) but I wanted to focus on Folate which helps to produce and maintains new cells. B6 and B 12 are key in converting food into energy.
Best Sources of Folate: Avocados, leafy green vegetables, beans and eggs,
Best Sources of B6 and B12: Fish, poultry, meat, eggs, dairy products, leafy green vegetables, legumes and nutritional yeast.
3) Iron: Iron carries oxygen in the body which aids in the production of red blood cells. It can help with the immune system and is critical for proper cell growth.
Best Sources of Iron: Dark-green leafy vegetables, red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, beans, and desiccated beef liver. Note: It’s helpful to eat these foods with a vitamin C food, to help your body absorb the iron.
4) Calcium: Calcium makes and keeps your bones and teeth strong, and helps muscles function.
Best Sources of Calcium: Dairy products are high in calcium, but I don’t typically recommend dairy products to my clients because of food sensitivity/digestion issues. Dark-green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and kale are excellent along with sesame seeds!
5) Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a popular anti-oxidant to help support the immune system. It does this by blocking damage from free radicals. It’s also amazingly helpful for the repair of tissues, bones, and teeth. Vitamin C is also so so good for the skin!! It can naturally boost your body’s ability to produce collagen which supports cartilage, tendons, ligaments and so much more.
* Collagen is also a supplement I often recommend to my clients for GI health, as well as supporting the grown and health of hair, skin and nails.
Best Sources of Calcium: Citrus and green leafy vegetables.
6) Vitamin D. Think happy and healthy bones when you think vitamin D. It is also key in cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function.
Best Sources of Vitamin D: Fatty fish like salmon and tuna, fish oil, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.