Herbal Supplements to Keep Warm this Winter

I believe that a good supplementation program is needed especially if you are consuming a diet filled with processed ingredients. Here are a few tips on the types of products you need to be consuming for good quality health...

PROBIOTICS: Gut bacteria which form colonies in our stomachs, small intestine and colon. The majority are found in the colon. Probiotics can be consumed in tablet form, which comes in strains of 10 or more. The trouble with probiotics is that they do not survive the travelling, heat and digestion process. Our stomach acids will kill most if not all of these bacteria’s because this is what our stomach acid does. Most probiotics are pointless to take for these reasons, but you can eat foods that are cultured, which will contain many good bacteria’s that will help to recolonize our digestive tract. Such as fermented products like sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha. Also eating vegetables and taking prebiotics will help to build up these colonies of bacteria because that is what they feed on.

VITAMIN D: Works with many processes in the body. It was thought that vitamin-D only helped calcium to absorb into our bones, but we now know that every cell in our bodies has a receptor for vitamin D. During winter times many people suffer from (SAD), which is linked to a deficiency of vitamin D. Our bodies store vitamin-D in the liver for up to 3 months as a reserve. Most people can get vitamin-D from the sun, but people with dark coloured skin have a barrier that stops them from absorbing vitamin-D through their skin. Evolution dictated that dark coloured people could only absorb vitamin-D from the sun via their eyes. You will find vitamin-D in foods such as wild salmon, prawns and fermented cod liver oils.

MAGNESIUM: is said to be involved in over 300 processes in the body. Magnesium is essential for your nervous system and it helps with the movement and contraction of muscles (It works with calcium to contract and relax muscles). Magnesium helps to break down fats, proteins and carbs in the body and it assists in controlling our blood sugar levels. There is also a connection between magnesium and cardiovascular diseases which works on muscular contractions and relaxations of the heart. The real problem is that magnesium is deficient in our soil and so it becomes deficient in the food we eat. You will find magnesium in trace amounts in grey and pink sea salts, but in larger amounts in avocados, bananas, green leafy plant foods and nuts, but this is all dependent on the types of soil these foods are grown in.