Updated: Feb 6
It's February and that means heart health month. As a health coach I get asked often about supplements. Most of us recognize that there is NO way to get all the vitamins and minerals we need (micronutrients) from the depleted food sources that we currently have. We should be supplementing. But how do you know which supplements you need? There's so many brands and so many that claim to do wonders in the body. Don't be fooled friends!
Many people supplement with a multivitamin and maybe a protein shake. There's so much more we could be doing to take care of our hearts. I'm going to give you my short list of supplements to get the biggest bang for your buck.
1.Vitamins and Minerals. We all know that we should be getting crucial vitamins and minerals to protect our heart but given our depleted food supply it's difficult. While, I'm a huge proponent for getting most of your nutrients for whole foods, we need to supplement. Do you get the recommenced 7-13 servings of fruits and veggies in a day? Most people just can't get there. My favorite fruit and veggie supplements can be found HERE.
2. Fiber. We should be aiming for at least 30 grams a day. Preferably you're getting this from a variety of fruits, vegetables and grains. If you have to supplement, choose a source of soluable and insoluable fiber. Earlier this month I talked about fiber, constipation and your stool. Learn more HERE.
3. Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids work by lowering the body's production of triglycerides. High levels of triglycerides can lead to coronary artery disease, heart disease, and stroke. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids used together with diet and exercise help lower triglyceride levels in the blood. My favorite plant based Omegas can be found HERE.
4. Magnesium. Know your levels! Most people are deficient. Low levels can be a predictor of heart disease. Magnesium comes in all sorts of forms. You can use a spray that's absorbed through the skin. Take an Epsom salt bath to release toxins and relax the body. You can also take an oral supplement. Know your levels and chose what's right for you. You can find my favorite oral supplement HERE.
5. Green Tea. It's been known for centuries to reduce high cholesterol making it great for the heart. It's also great for weight management. Try 2-3 cups a day.
When you can't get what you need from food, it's OK to supplement. Know that food works in synergy. We need the rainbow of colors in order for absorption to be at maximum level.
Be sure you're choosing high quality supplements and know your source! Need some help choosing what's right for you? Let's connect!
*This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read here. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately.*