Our fashionable lifestyles, travelling for trade shows, late nights completing collections, no access to fresh/organic produce or fad diets could make us very neglectful of the right way to nourish our bodies. Doing the Atkins diet, being a vegan or skipping an entire food group is a personal choice for many, however it must always be done correctly or the immune system is at risk of lowering its natural defences.
Since the beginning of time humans thrived without having to go to the store and stock up on vitamins, but unfortunately the quality of our agricultural resources has decreased due to pesticides, our animal and diary products are pumped with mass producing hormones which is making more of us each day opt out. While all these happen our bodies are still in need of crucial nutrients for optimal survival.
Here are the basic vitamins for the busy fashionista on the go:
*B12: Perhaps the most important vitamin there is to have. Deficiency symptoms are: mental fogginess, anxiety, depression, muscle tingling, and mood swings. Those who avoid animal products have a propensity to be deficient. The best type of B12 to take is the cyanocobalamin which stabilizes the supplement and makes it more effective. Take 1,000 micrograms per day.
*D3: Another good vitamin for those who avoid meat products, soy products, orange juice, mushrooms, or busy office people who miss out on daily sunshine. It is also good for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere and enjoy fewer months of direct sunlight. The lack of vitamin D causes depression, osteoporosis, psoriasis, and lowers the immune system. The best way to take it is in liquid drops. 2,000 IU for daily maintenance in your juice or water.
*Vitamin C: This “immune helper” is another essential. When you have a cold, virus or flu it is very likely your body is running low in this vitamin. Fatigue and gum inflammation are other side effects of being low in this vitamin. Recommended dose is for 1,000 milligrams.
*Magnesium: Helps the proper function of muscles, nerves and its also known as the feel good chemical. During PMS women need more of it which will explain the chocolate cravings due to magnesium being one of its main key ingredients. Those who have more than 3 drinks daily may suffer from magnesium deficiency, another side effect is TMJ , depression and anxiety. Recommended dosage: 420 milligrams for men and 320 milligrams for women.
*Multi-vitamins: In order to support you daily and get it all in one bundle sometimes all you need is one effective multi-vitamin which carries all the minerals and nutrients your body needs. The best ones are the ones that don’t require you to take them with food.
Having a stressful lifestyle will lessen our nutrient storage. Know that vitamins the body does not use will be evacuated from the body through the urine. Drink plenty of water and get your healthy on!
Maria Andrade is a New York based Certified Holistic Health Counsellor. She graduated from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has been building her wellness coaching practice as well as integrating Pilates and other body healing technique. Maria’s personal nutritional philosophy is based on the concept of bio-individuality. Nutrition should be tackled according to the unique characteristics of the individual, such as ethnicity, blood type, and activity levels. She also bases her healing practice on numerous dietary theories.
Maria co-founded TotalBodyFit in 2008, in the hopes of bringing her message to a larger audience by conducting the health counselling, fitness classes, and massage therapy right in the client’s home, office or resident lounge. She leads TotalBodyFit’s nutrition workshops, corporate, and cooking events. She is available for one on one nutritional counselling.
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