5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Wellness Routine
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If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m all about nourishing my mind, body, and soul every single day. I share a lot about how I take care of my mind and soul, but I don’t often talk about the ways I take care of my body.
Of course there are my daily walks and some sporadic yoga practices (I’m trying to be consistent about it!), but I also pay attention to the nutrients that I put into my body. On top of the food I eat, there are certain supplements that I like to incorporate into my wellness routine.
I did my fair share of research on supplements during grad school, and for the longest time I was convinced I didn’t need any. Once I dug a little deeper, I realized that a) I was already including supplements in my diet, and b) dietary supplements fill in the gaps for those essential nutrients I can’t always get from diet alone.
I know supplements can seem overwhelming because of how many varieties there are. You might not have even known that supplements include more than just vitamins; there are minerals, probiotics, botanicals, and more.
According to a survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition, 76 percent of U.S. adults take dietary supplements each year. With your friends, family, and favorite celebrities sharing what supplements they take, it can be confusing to know if you actually need supplements in your diet and which ones might benefit you.
Today, I want to share a few ways that I incorporate supplements into my diet in a simple and approachable way and how they actually make a difference. No nonsense here, my friends.
Morning Green Tea
I like to start the day with green tea because it doesn’t make me feel as dehydrated as coffee does. Studies suggest that green tea can enhance your working memory (which I definitely need help with!) and many people have reported being more productive when they drink tea instead of coffee. Brew a cup in the morning and reap the benefits all day long.
Adding Maca for Breakfast
Have you heard of maca before? Maca is a Peruvian plant that has become increasingly popular and available as a supplement in powder form. Maca has been shown to be beneficial for many reasons. I personally like it because it tastes a little like caramel when you add it to smoothies or oatmeal. My go-to smoothie is frozen cherries, banana, almond milk, and a teaspoon of maca powder.
Ah, probiotics. They’re one of those things you’ve probably heard tons about, but might not really know what the big deal is. Well, probiotics are your stomach’s new best friend. If you struggle with digestion issues and bloating, probiotics can keep your digestive system working the way it’s supposed to. Probiotics are one of those supplements that I think most of us can benefit from.
Afternoon Turmeric Latte
Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up! I’m sure you’ve seen turmeric lattes all over Instagram, and there’s a good reason for it. Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, is a natural anti-inflammatory compound which means it can help to reduce swelling in the body. To make a turmeric latte, simply warm a cup of almond milk on the stove and add 1 tbsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp ground ginger. Pour into a mug and enjoy!
Magnesium Before Bed
If you have trouble winding down before bed, you might want to try something like magnesium. Magnesium has been described as a natural calming aid, and it definitely helps if I’m feeling especially stressed out before bed. I use a magnesium powder added to hot water (sometimes with tea) and sip on that before bed.
There are tons of options when it comes to dietary supplements, so it’s wise to talk with a doctor or other healthcare practitioner about what dietary supplements are right for you.
While dietary supplements play an important role in good health, they are meant as supplements to, not substitutes for, other healthy habits. So keep up your healthy habits, my friends!
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