We work so hard making sure our little ones stay healthy that sometimes it’s easy to put ourselves on the back burner. Think oxygen mask on an airplane. Put your mask on first then help others because, Mama, you’re doing nobody any good lying there unconscious. That’s why we have to take care of ourselves too! Eat real, whole foods (cut the sugar out!), move that body, get enough sleep (ha!, I know, but try!), and add a few essential supplements to your daily diet. I promise you will feel awesome and when cold and flu season come you can round kick those nasty bugs out the door!
Here are my 5 must haves:
Whole Food Supplement/Multi-Vitamin - Cover your bases and bridge the gap! We don’t always eat a perfectly balanced diet every single day. It’s a good idea to supplement with extra vitamins minerals and nutrients to give us the extra edge. Make sure your taking a whole food based supplement, something that your body knows how to use – real food. So many supplements out there are synthetic based, and a lot of the time our bodies don’t even know how to absorb them. Take something your body can recognize and utilize. I love Juice Plus+ because it’s nothing but fruits and veggies. Are you eating 13 different varieties of fruits and veggies a day? Yeah—me either.
Probiotics - 70% of our immune system is in our gut. Probiotics add healthy bacteria to your intestine and keep the immune system healthy. Need another perk? Your inner plumbing will be running smoothly and super efficiently helping you feel lighter and less bloated! Yes! (One of my favorites is Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics taken on an empty stomach before bed.)
Omega 3 - DHA and EPA Fish/Krill Oil - The benefits of omega-3’s abound! Expect reduced PMS symptoms, enhanced beauty of skin and hair, protection against breast cancer, protection against osteoporosis, protection against cardiovascular disease. Don’t wait another minute! Start taking 1-3 grams/day for maximum benefits!
Magnesium - It’s been called the less stress mineral. I think all mamas could benefit from a little less of that stuff. It helps with sleep issues, muscle tension, calcium absorption, and boosts energy. I recommend 200-600 mg/day. The best time to take is after 8pm before bedtime and don’t be surprised when you find that your sleeping better and feeling more relaxed. Look for Magnesium Citrate. It’s the easiest for our bodies to absorb.
Vitamin D – You can soak up this powerful nutrient by eating foods containing this vitamin, sunlight, supplementation, or a combination of all three, but amazingly most of us are still deficient. Cancer prevention, depression fighting, boosted immune system, strong teeth and bones and help at managing blood pressure are just a few of its many benefits. Next time you’re at the doctor it might be a good idea to check your levels and get a recommendation for supplementation. I’m a believer that the majority of woman’s levels are low and 4000iu a day is a good starting point.
So there you go! Get ready, get set, get healthy! Being a mama is so much more fun when your body is preforming optimally. Do yourself and your kiddos a favor and take care of mama. You deserve to feel better than fine. You deserve to feel fantastic!
Be mighty, mama!
*and of course always check with your doctor before starting any new regimen!