Supplements are very common in most people's lives, and they are a great tool to use in addition to a healthy lifestyle! These days, keeping an eye on our health has never been more important and Sycamore Integrated Health is excited to be your go-to supplement guru. We are sharing some basic information about supplementation and healthy lifestyles, as well as helping you craft your unique supplement regimen!
As we exit winter and transition into spring, it’s a good time to stay on top of your nutrients and healthy routines to help your body adjust to the changes in the weather and to strengthen your immune system. Supplements are great tools that can help you optimize your health in addition to the healthy habits you create for yourself.
The best nutrients and vitamins come from a healthy, balanced diet that is full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Sometimes though, our bodies need a little extra nutrition which can be delivered through supplements. These are additional sources of nutrition that, like the name implies, supplement your daily requirements.
One of the most important parts of supplement use is buying the right ones! The better quality of supplement, your body will be able to absorb the nutrients more efficiently. Look for whole food supplementation as your first choice when shopping for supplements.
The right supplements for your specific needs may be based on your age, health conditions, or dietary restrictions. Although they are helpful, you don’t want any supplements to fully replace the natural nutrients you get from a healthy diet.
The active ingredients in many supplements support the body and overall health in some way and are perfectly safe to take.
Vitamin D and Calcium, for example, help support strong bones and reduce bone loss. Vitamins C and D support your immune system, while omea-3 fatty acids and other fish oils have been shown to support heart health and lower your blood pressure.
Strategically supplementing is a good idea as well, especially as we transition into a new season. Even though most individuals will be increasing their Vitamin D exposure in the coming months, It’s a good idea to get your vitamin D3 levels tested to see where you are currently at so you can supplement accordingly. It may still be a wise decision to take a Vitamin D supplement regardless of the time of year.
In addition to maintaining a healthy diet and supplementation, there are other ways to maintain or increase active habits for overall health, such as exercise and staying hydrated. Decreasing your sugar intake is also good because sugar increases inflammation and fuels illnesses. Increasing vegetables, fruit, exercise and keeping up with hydration – drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water – are key to staving off sugar and salt cravings.
Last but not least, getting good sleep is another crucial factor for good health year round, and it’s even more important as the season changes and you may be prone to seasonal illness.
Lack of sleep causes decreased energy, mood fluctuations, irritability and stress. For better sleep, turn off your devices two hours prior to bedtime, read some positive material or listen to calming music. Every hour of sleep before midnight is the quality of two hours of sleep after midnight.
Sycamore Integrated Health is happy to be your specialist in supplementation! All the different supplements on the market can be confusing and overwhelming. If you need assistance crafting your personal supplementation plan, come see us for a consultation! Our integrated team of medical professionals will be happy to design a supplement regimen for you based on your health goals and concerns.