I’ve been travelling a lot over the last three years…
One of the main teachings of travelling involves how to LET GO of any attachment to your “stuff”, as well as the ongoing practice of stripping away the non-essentials.
In regards to health, I have managed to identify my TOP 3 HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS that have proved the most essential.
I thought this list may be helpful to you, so that’s why I thought I’d share…
(Disclaimer – This information is not intended to replace advice and guidance from your preferred medical health practitioner. Just sayin’.)
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Magnesium is my go-to for relaxation, body aches, pains or cramps, and body recovery after any intensive exercise. It is essentially a muscle relaxant and works wonders for helping with things like anxiety, insomnia, and even cravings. Before reaching for sleeping pills, try a good dose of magnesium in the evenings to help your body relax.
It is estimated that 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Deficiencies usually come from excessive stress and alcohol use. Common signs and symptoms include chocolate and sugar cravings, constipation, and an inability to relax.
This is my cold and flu or any sickness go-to. It’s a main ingredient used in many Chinese herbal medicine formulas. I used to be a big fan of Vitamin C, but I have found Astragalus trumps Vitamin C. If you have access to both, do both, but if it was one or the other, Astragalus wins every time.
Astragalus is a powerful immune system builder and has been proven to increase white blood cell count. It can be used to support the immune system and offer great support for recovering from any illness, including cancer (speak with your doctor about introducing Astragalus supplements).
You can buy it in combination formulas. However, I have found that it works its magic best on its own in a pure powder form (it’s a root), which makes it super affordable to buy and stock in your medicine cabinet.
3. Liver Tonic Herbs (Milk Thistle & Dandelion Root)
The liver is always working hard to keep the blood and body clean of toxins. It comes under even more stress when we are travelling, eating different foods or working harder than normal. It’s essential to keep the liver happy as it one of the first lines of defense for keeping the overall system happy and healthy.
To boost liver function and help it out, I always have “Liver Tonic Herbs” with me, which I take most days. You can use a “liver tonic” formula, or just go for the two best herbs that help the liver: dandelion root and/or milk thistle.
A trick is to take your liver herbs at night before you go to bed. This will give your liver a boost while you are asleep – one of the busiest times for the liver.
Signs that the liver is burdened are that it’s very hard to wake up in the mornings, constipation, easy to irritability, waking up sweating, and/or a very strong and unpleasant body odor. Signs of a happy liver include easy and early waking in the morning, a sense of flow and ease in life, good digestion, and daily bowel movements.
Bonus Supplement for Mental Health ~
4. Acetyl L Carnetine
This is an amino acid (a type of protein) that I discovered when I was looking into boosting brain health and focus. This stuff is amazing! While it clears brain fog and adds clarity, it also elevates mood and helps burn fat! It basically works by telling your body to burn up fat and send it to the nervous system (brain) to be used.
Generally, I wouldn’t recommend taking it at night, but rather take it any other time or to enhance any kind of performance. From studying for an exam, to writing a book or going to a yoga class, taking 1000mg of this stuff before your big moment will give you a boost of clarity and energy for the task. It is also worth trying for treating depression, lack of motivation, lethargy, memory loss, and loss of libido.
>> So, where is the best place to get supplements? <<
(Do I hear you ask….?)
My favorite place for getting supplements is online at Iherb.com. It’s super affordable, the range is huge, and the postal system is amazingly fast. (Bonus – If you want a $5 – $10 discount on your first order, use code “NKV748” during checkout).
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