When it come to supplements there are some staples that I use every day and would highly recommend
Chia Seeds are high in Omega 3, fibre and antioxidants. Chia Seeds are also high in calcium so great for bone and teeth strengthening. They are high in minerals and have been claimed to lower bad cholesterol . All in all a gut friendly fibrous seed! You can get different colours and sizes of seeds, but ensure you stick with either white or black seeds (not red). When the seeds are added to water they swell into a gel like substance, when this hits the digestive system it slows down the rate at which the digestive enzymes turn carbohydrates into sugar.
Chia can be eaten completely raw. You can Sprinkle it onto your breakfast , salads or smoothies.
I add it to my daily morning smoothie, soak it overnight in almond milk to make Chia Seed pudding and I also sprinkle it on to mashed banana on oat cakes. Available from Whole Foods, Planet Organic and most Health shops
There are many versions of green powder you can buy, you can get wheatgrass, spirulina, Barley Grass plus you have all your powdered vegetables. They are all wonderful for you as they remove toxins from the blood and the body tissues, they are high in beta carotene, magnesium and amino acids. I use Amazing Grass Raw Reserve Powder, as it contains everything! A mixture of Algaes, Grasses and Sea Vegetables from the coast of Maine, like kelp and sea lettuce. Each ingredient in is completely raw, vegan and of the highest quality. Plus, each serving contains over 25 billion live probiotics. No wonder they call it Amazing Grass…
I add it to my daily morning smoothies, alternatively you can add it to a glass of water.
Think of a fruit high in Vitamin C- and you immediately think of oranges right? Well Baobab contains six times more vitamin C than oranges. Not only is Baobab high in Vitamin C, it boosts and supports the immune system, whilst increasing energy levels and maintains healthy blood sugar levels.
Think of a fruit high in Potassium, and you immediately think of bananas, right? Well baobab contains five times more potassium than bananas! Which is great for your heart, muscles and kidneys- as potassium helps your heart to beat, your muscles to move and your kidneys to filter blood!
I add mine to my morning smoothie.
I use Organic Burst Baobab, which you can pick up from most health shops.
Maca powder is made from a plant that grows in central Peru. It has been used in Peru for over 3000 years, the root is used to make medicine. Maca is great for increasing energy, endurance and stamina. It is also linked to sexual health- that got your attention didn’t it! Yes that is right it boosts fertility, hormones and sexual desire!
Again I get mine from the Organic Burst range, I put a teaspoon in to my morning smoothie and I also use it to cook with, making cacao and maca energy balls
Bee Pollen is made by honeybees, and is considered one of natures most nourishing superfoods, as it contains nearly all the nutrients required by humans, high in protein, amino acids and folic acid. Bee Pollen is great for enhancing energy and fighting fatigue. I could go on and on about all the amazing benefits, ranging from boosting the immune system to aiding digestion. I buy mine from Raw Living, but you can get this in all good health shops. Beware it is strong tasting so only use a little bit at first until you get used to it. Bee Pollen is best taken at meal times, especially with fresh fruit (the fruit fibres reinforce the activity of the pollen). I throw mine in my morning smoothie with all my powders, seeds and fruit and veg.
Last, but in no way least is Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is one of the most diverse products I have ever come across. You can use it to cook, as a hair mask, a moisturiser, a make up remover. I even went to my chiropodist who said that they recommend it to their patients to use on their feet, if they have an infection. Apart from it being a wonder product, it is also so good for you. It helps the body fight infections, lowers heart disease, reduces appetite, boosts your metabolism, increases good cholesterol and fat burning cells. It is also the best oil to cook with as Virgin Coconut oil is not chemically treated, and unlike other oils, such as Olive oil, it’s properties are not lost during the heat process. There are so many uses for this product, you will love it. I use Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, but there are so many good ones out there! Available in health shops and supermarkets