5 Essential ‘Everyday’ Supplements For Optimum Health

PART 4 OF OUR SERIES: Ultimate Guide To Balance Work, Life & Fitness For “The Full-Time Worker”

Our diets can sometimes be very limited and so we don't get enough of the nutrients our bodies need each day. This is why supplements can be very useful in fulfilling the body's needs. Especially for those of us who exercise regularly - our bodies are under more pressure and therefore they need more dietary attention to support their health. Supplements should never be used to replace a balanced diet but should be used along side it to supply the body with vitamins, minerals and enzymes it may be lacking. This article is going to list the 5 essential everyday supplements that the average full time worker should be taking.


Multivitamin:

Multivitamins contain the essential vitamins that we don’t receive enough of in our diets. Multivitamins increase energy levels, reduce stress, improve memory and enhance the immune system. Only one is needed and should be taken with breakfast. This supplement will maintain your wellbeing and overall health.

Pro Tip: Make sure to get a multivitamin that suits your regime and gender. People that work out more should look for more potent doses.


Protein powder:

Protein is the building block of all muscles. For those who exercise, a protein supplement is a must. Protein powder will strengthen muscles, grow muscles, muscle repair, encourage recovery and improve one's overall aesthetic appearance. This supplement is very versatile and can be baked into desserts or taken as a snack but most importantly it should be taken within 45mins post workout.

Did You know: There are multiple types of protein powder, the most common 3 include whey protein, soy, plant, egg and casein protein.


Supergreens:

If you don't like eating your veggies then this supplement is for you. Taking a scoop of supergreens is like eating 5 bowls of green veggies. Supergreens alkalizes the body. This improves the immune systems, increases nutrient absorption, increases energy and enhances your mood. The recommended dose should be taken with breakfast.


Fish oil:

Fish oil is an essential fatty acid, which improves different aspects of the body from brain function to hair strength to join health. Yes the tablets are as big as a bullet and hard to swallow but you can also get liquid form. You can either take conventional fish oil, which requires around 6 tablets a day or you can take krill oil, which is condensed, so you only need 2 tablets a day. Take with breakfast.


Vitamin C:

Vitamin C helps prevent pretty much everything. It is truly a wonder supplement, it prevents many illnesses, possible diseases and increases your energy levels. The average person usually gets sick around 5 times a year. By simply taking Vitamin C daily you can reduce this number significantly. Do not take more than 500mg a day unless you feel you are getting sick.

Combined with a well balanced diet taking these supplements can greatly help your overall health in the present and in the future.


 

Author: Claire Trojkovic
Author Bio: Claire is a personal trainer from Australia and one of the top Nutrition Souq editors. She’s a fitness and travel expert with a degree in Literature and a Certificate 4 in Fitness and Nutrition. Her particular interests are yoga, bodybuilding, diets, weight loss, herbal remedies and travel. She also manages and writes on her own blog and has written guest articles for various online fitness publications.


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