When I can, I always try to promote and use natural substances on my body and hair, but in today’s fast-paced world that can be slightly difficult and especially when it comes down to being on a tight budget. Not only is it important to watch what goes into your body, but it’s just as important to watch what goes into it! Daily stress and busy schedules can leave us feeling run down, and it can also affect our mental health too!
Today I wanted to let you into what I take on a daily basis to support my mind and body, and give me the best possible outcome of each day. These are a mixture of vitamins and supplements that are more tailored to my needs, but can be just as beneficial for you (my readers)! I always recommend taking a ‘Multi-Vitamin Complex’, but for my routine, I stick to Vitamins E & B and Powder Superfoods. The reason why I don’t include a multivitamin in my diet is purely down to the fact I take ‘Barley Grass or Matcha‘ every day in my smoothies, and this provides all my daily vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Listed below are the vitamins I take on a regular basis, now I always try to take these every day, but being human I can forget from time to time.
Matcha green tea is something I’ve always had in the cupboard and it lasts ages! It’s packed full of antioxidants, boosts metabolism and burns calories. This also works great for detoxing naturally, whilst calming the mind and feeding your body with beneficial vitamins, minerals and fibre. I always find this helps with concentration and comes packed with your important vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C, Zinc and Magnesium. I’ve always been a lover of Green Tea but Matcha green tea contains just as many antioxidants as ten cups of normal green tea, so this is when I realised how beneficial this can be and really liked the powder formula, as you can add it to orange juice for a sweeter taste or make a normal tea out of the powder. By drinking Matcha your basically preventing ageing and chronic diseases and this prepare your body to fight infections and disease. Matcha actually contains a very rare antioxidant called ‘Catechins‘ which provides potent cancer-fighting properties. Catechins also protect the body from free radicals, pollution, UV rays, radiation and chemicals, which can lead to cell and DNA damage.
I actually take Vitamin E for my skin, I’ve been having huge problems with my skin and always find it a challenge to keep it clear from blemishes and scarring! Vitamin E helps keep this under control. It can also be used to prevent chronic diseases and preventing cancer. My main priority at the moment is keeping my hair in good condition and my skin and nails and this is why I find Vitamin E a great daily vitamin to have! If you have hair loss or want thicker hair and stronger nails, I’d definitely recommend this supplement to help you along the way.
Again like Vitamin E, this helps with my skin and most importantly hormones! Vitamin B complex is a great supplement for the woman as it helps energise the body and whilst promoting healthy skin and hair. Again this helps to fight free radicals and prevents the ageing process whilst protecting the immune system and producing healthy cells. Vitamin B is great for treating acne and balancing hormones, so this is the main reason why I take it at this moment in time and also for induced energy, as I can often feel sluggish and have brain fog before I started taking Vitamin B every day.
Honestly, this stuff is like the GOD of superfoods! Packing a whopping source of vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, enzymes and antioxidants, this stuff really is a miracle worker. This powder is considered a whole food as it contains all the nutrients required for the human diet, so in theory, if I’m taking this one day, I won’t take the Matcha or Moringa tablets, as you could then potentially be overdosing on vitamins, as each one of these has a high vitamin content. The thing that appealed to me most about this powder is the fact it contains more Vitamin C than an orange and five times more iron than spinach and ten times more calcium than milk. This meaning I don’t have to buy fresh spinach or kale for my juices, as it can be expensive, especially when it only lasts one day fresh! I also need iron as I don’t eat enough meat each week, so this helps top me up and make me feel less tired and exhausted. There are so much health benefits this powder can provide, and it benefits with immune support, digestive health and as an antioxidant that controls the body’s acid levels, allowing for optimal cell function and reducing free radical activity. Now we all know that healthy cells mean a healthy body, so technically I do believe this can help kill cancer cells and prevent cell death, that’s the main culprit that leads to certain formations of cancer, and it also slows down the ageing process. Another great thing about this grass is the fact it can help with major skin problems such as acne, by promoting the growth of new cells which can also treat ulcers and various skin diseases whilst leaving your skin glowing! Barley Grass is 45% protein, making it a great juice substitute for working out. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who reads my blog and has an active lifestyle or can’t afford to buy fresh every day, as in return you’re getting all the beneficial vitamins for less money, and I just add two scoops (free scoop in the pack) to my smoothies and notice the benefits. Very useful for the aid of weight loss, correcting blood sugar problems, and amino acids that are the main building blocks of proteins for energy, cell building and regeneration. So inside this powder your getting potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc,beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12C, D, A, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. I mix two scoops in with my smoothie and you can’t taste the barley grass! It does smell similar to the Match powder, a green tea/veggie type smell, very earthy and dense. I normally mix this with a fruity smoothie for more flavour such as organic carrots, apples and regular oranges, plus tap water.
Moringa is just like Matcha and Barley Grass with its immune boosting properties and improvement in digestive health, this is definitely a great source of protein, amino acids, Vitamins A, E, B2, B3 and Zinc. The perfect building blocks for strong healthy hair, skin and nails and helps protect the cells from free radicals. Again just like Matcha, this contains huge amounts of antioxidants around 6 times more than Goji berries. I actually received this in a tablet form from The Blogger Programme by a brand called Ankh. Rah, but I also know you can get powder formulas from the likes of Holland and Barret, it’s definitely something to consider as being part of your diet, but remember to only stick to one ‘Super’ food powder, as you don’t want to overdose on vitamins and minerals. I do prefer how this is a tablet formula if say I’m not wanting to have a smoothie, I can then take this instead and the taste isn’t strong or earthy, again I’ve noticed huge benefits from taking this and would love to get the powder formula also! It’s very similar in benefits to other powders mentioned above and I’ve heard lots of high profile celebrities love this stuff so it’s definitely worth researching more into if you’re looking for a superfood.
This is an organic supplement I bought alongside my Nutribullet and I add this to banana or avocado smoothies for extra kick and vitamins. It includes Maca for energy, Cacao to support the heart and bone strength, goji berry’s for protein and antioxidants, and hemp seeds to maintain normal bowel function and blood sugar levels. These supplements do have a wide range of health benefits, however, especially Hemp seeds so it’s definitely worth looking into and these powders are perfect for adding to your smoothies for an extra boost.
I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in my mental clarity and energy since making the effort two months back to take vitamins and a powder supplement each day! I used to feel very drained and wake up with really bad brain fog and noticed since starting this healthier lifestyle that these have completely vanished and I just feel a lot happier, energised and healthy. I’ve yet to notice a huge effect on my skin as it does break out frequently but I’ve noticed my nails are so much stronger and longer! The same goes for my hair, it’s growing really quickly and feels a lot fuller and thicker. Always remember that by eating healthy and getting daily exercise this contributes to your health alongside vitamins and supplements to give you that little extra boost.
*Please take note that I don’t take all of these tablets/supplements at once, this is just a guide into what I buy and use monthly, but you can mix them about and this is what I do, but you can’t overdose on vitamins and should stay within the recommended daily RMA.