Thank you Council for Responsible Nutrition for sponsoring this post. This is #MyWeekSupplemented.
As I get older, I've become more proactive when it comes to my health.
While I am nowhere near perfect, I feel like I am on the right track.
- I eat a diet rich in produce.
- I exercise regularly.
- I use meditation to help control stress.
- And I take supplements on a daily basis.
I am not alone in my love for supplements. According to a survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition , 76% of U.S. adults take dietary supplements each year. (73% of men and 79% of women.)
While there is no substitute for a proper diet, it can be challenging to get all of the essential nutrients we need from diet alone. Dietary supplements help us to fill the gaps and promote wellness.
Today I am sharing 6 of my favorite supplements that you may want to consider adding to your diet as well. It is important to note that there are a LOT of choices when it comes to supplementation, so it is wise to talk to your healthcare practitioner about what are the supplements for you!
I know some people argue that if you are eating right, you don't need to take a multivitamin. Although I do eat right most of the time, there are times when I am not perfect. I like to think of my multivitamin as a little extra nutritional insurance. It fills in the gaps for any shortfalls and helps to maintain good health.
I started taking Maca this year at the suggestion of a friend. If you haven't heard of it, Maca is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbs that are believed to help the body adapt to stress. The idea is that they help bring about normalization during periods of stress.
What I have found is that Maca helps my energy levels tremendously. Since it supports energy, I like to take it in the morning. I also feel like it is supporting hormonal health, something that is becoming more important than ever to me.
4. Protein Bars & Powders
Sometimes, I struggle to get enough protein in my diet, mostly because I don't tolerate soy and I don't love meat. This can be a challenge because when I don't get enough protein, I tend to get hangry, and that is never a pretty thing. I've learned that keeping protein bars and powders on hand is the best solution. I especially like protein bars, because I can throw them in my purse for when I'm running around with the kids.
5. Green Powders & Juices
I do eat a big salad most days, but I still worry about getting enough greens in my diet. Like my multivitamin, I think of Green Powders & Juices as nutritional insurance. When things get crazy, and I am on the go, I reach for an organic, non-GMO green powder to help make sure that I get everything I need.
6. Green Tea
I used to drink coffee all morning long, but as I've gotten older I have found that large amounts of coffee don't agree with me. A few years back, I started stopping at one cup of coffee and switching to green tea. Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants like polyphenols which can help support good health.
What are your favorite supplements to take?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.