The vitamin aisle is crowded, confusing, and overwhelming in its promises. Some of these are empty, and some are too powerful to be tested without guidance. After all, what is L-Theanine? Do I need it? And, at what dose? For answers, we decided to turn to frequent Goop and Dr. Frank Lipman, who distilled the offerings down to a handful of vitamins and supplements he frequently prescribes. He counts some as no-brainers—and others as little-known trade secrets—but all pack a veritable punch.
Q: We often hear that if you eat well, you shouldn't need supplements. What's your take?
A: “Supplements are essential health-boosters that can help fill in nutritional gaps and protect your body against the occasional diet slip-up. While I recommend everyone eat whole, preferably organic foods, I also believe that high-quality supplements are important as well. While they won't make up for a bad diet, think of them as your nutritional pit crew, standing at the ready to make those quick adjustments, tweaks and fixes to your internal engines to get you back out on the road.”
Q: Is it possible to take too many vitamins?
A: “While it is possible to take too many vitamins, it’s extremely rare. One should be careful with fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E and K. Almost all of the vitamins I recommend taking regularly are safe and hard to take too much of. However, because most people are deficient in Vitamin D, and since it’s easily measurable, I do often recommend taking that with the supervision of a doctor.”
Here are dr Lipman's recommendations:
Fab Four basic:
Multivitamin, Vitamin D3, Fish Oils, Probiotics
Feeling Stressed Out:
B Complex, Magnesium, Acetyl Glutathione, L-Theanine
Acetyl Glutathione, CoQ10, Magnesium
B Complex, Powdered Greens*, Acetyl Glutathione
Living in a Cold Climate:
Magnesium, Powdered Greens*, B Complex
Missing The Sun:
Powdered Greens*, Acetyl Glutathione, CoQ10
B Complex, Acetyl Glutathione, CoQ10
Acetyl Glutathione, CoQ10, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, B complex
Acetyl Glutathione, Probiotics, MCT Oil
Turmeric, Fish Oil, Vitamin D3
Find out more about these different vitamins in our A to Z of Vitamins and Minerals.* No doubt you've probably seen friends and co-workers with a tall glass of greens in hand – and with good reason. Powdered greens are the easiest way to quickly nourish every system in your body, and help pick up some of the slack if you're not eating enough greens every day. They provide enhanced immunity; boosted energy levels; better digestion and, depending on the formula, a nice dose of good bacteria for your gut. Powdered greens are also full of vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients and other health-enhancing entities. Just a scoop a day will deliver the same antioxidant support of three to five servings of fruit and vegetables, so toss a scoop into your morning smoothie and drink up. Make sure you're buying one made with organic fruits and veg and avoid those with added fillers and bulking agents.
Source: www.goop.com and Dr Lipman
“Why am I always so tired? How do I get my energy back and heal my adrenals?”
Adrenal glands are really important, because they help you respond to stress. If you have chronic stress, your adrenals get beat up, and it is difficult to manage your life, and your energy plummets.
You feel tired and wired. You get palpitations. You feel anxious. You have trouble sleeping. You might crave salt. You may get dizzy when you stand up. You might have low blood pressure. You might even have sugar cravings, because your blood sugar can’t be regulated. All these are clues that you could have adrenal problems.
So, why do we get adrenal burnout?
We get it from the chronic, unremitting, ongoing stresses of everyday life: stresses of our families, stresses of relationships, stresses of work, the stresses of constant interaction with Facebook and Twitter and the online world, and all these inputs that never let us pause.
How many of you know where your pause button is? I bet you haven’t found it yet, and you don’t know how to turn it on.
So, how do you know if you have adrenal burnout or if you’re on the way to adrenal burnout? These are some of the symptoms to lookout for:
· Are you feeling tired and wired?
· Are you irritable?
· Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep?
· Are you having trouble with low blood pressure or low blood sugar?
· Are you craving sweets?
· Are you craving salt?
· Are you just feeling kind of overwhelmed?
Alternatively go through Dr Hyman’s concise adrenal stress quiz that’s on his website. Simply register here for the UltraWellness Community. Once registered, login here and go to your profile. Then, select Available Quizzes and choose the Adrenal Quiz.
Find your pause button
The first thing to do if you have adrenal fatigue is to find your pause button. I do it through yoga—that’s one of my favorite pause buttons.
I also use a hot bath at night, with 2 cups of Epsom salt, half a cup of baking soda, 10 drops of lavender oil, and you soak for 20 minutes.
Massages are great, as is meditation and deep breathing. There are all sorts of tools and resources available for you everywhere online, where you can actually be guided through the experience of how to do this.
Exercise is also really important. Do something out in the fresh air to get natural light that affects your pineal gland and helps reset your brain and the stress response.
I also recommend regular rhythm in your life because your hormones are balanced in rhythms. So, waking at the same time every day, going to bed at the same time every day, eating at the same time every day—these are the rhythms in life that help to reset your natural balance. Take natural breaks when you are tired. Our bodies function best on ultradian rhythm cycles of 90 minutes of activity punctuated by a few minutes of rest or zoning out!
You can also boost Your Stress Resilience with Supplements (always check with your doctor before taking any supplements):
· Siberian ginseng or Rhodiola or Cordyceps are wonderful herbs that you can use to help balance your adrenal and stress response.
· Vitamin C, zinc, B complex vitamins, especially vitamin B5 help to balance your adrenals.
· Ashwagandha, magnolia, theanine (from green tea), and phosphatidyIserine can help calm an overactive stress response and improve sleep.
Source: Dr. Mark Hyman
So let's talk armpits! Specifically, let's talk about something you probably put on your armpits every morning: deodorants and antiperspirants. These B.O. blasters come in almost every scent imaginable, in forms from roll-ons to clear gels. Your supermarket aisle probably stocks two dozen varieties and almost every one will have this in common: aluminum chlorohdrate or aluminum zirconium. Most people have by now heard of the dangers of using anti-perspirant sprays/sticks that are laden with chemicals. Most antiperspirant worries center on this aluminum-based compound that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring. We just want to highlight that the following information is relevant for both men and women. Even though the focus below is on breast cancer, please be aware that the side effects of using anti-perspirants and blocking sweat ducts affect both genders equally.
A few studies in recent years have theorized that aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancer. According to the authors of these studies, most breast cancers develop in the upper outer part of the breast, the area closest to the armpit, which is where antiperspirants are applied. The studies suggest that chemicals in antiperspirants, including aluminum, are absorbed into the skin, particularly when the skin is nicked during shaving. These studies claim that those chemicals may then interact with DNA and lead to cancerous changes in cells, or interfere with the action of the female hormone estrogen, which is known to influence the growth of breast cancer cells. In addition, one common antiperspirant component, a group of chemicals called parabens, has been said to have estrogen-like qualities and linked to breast cancer.
There are so many theories flying around and many of us don't know what to believe anymore! To me, it makes complete sense that sweat glands should be left to do their detoxification work. It cannot be good for us to block our sweat glands, period. If, like me, you're concerned about the possible risk factors of commercial deodorants, you're someone with skin sensitivities or perhaps you're just looking to reduce the chemical exposure in your life, you'll be happy to know that there are much better alternatives out there. I personally use a crystal deodorant stick made of a natural mineral salt. The aluminum in crystal deodorant stones is a different type of compound known as potassium alum, also known as potassium aluminum sulfate.
Did you know that the smell that comes with sweating is actually caused by bacteria that forms on your skin? Potassium Alum is a natural mineral salt made up of large molecules that form a protective layer on your skin and inhibit the growth of the odor-causing bacteria. The molecules are too large to be absorbed into the skin and therefore only form a protective layer on the surface. These deodorants are recommended by many cancer treatment centers as a much better and natural alternative to most antiperspirants and deodorants on the market. For the purpose of general knowledge, I just want to mention that they are not completely 100% aluminum-free, but they are by far the better choice.
It is best to use them after you shower while your arm pit is still wet, simply rub it on and voila! Alternatively wet the stick and rub under one arm, then wet again and rub under the other arm. I purchased mine at the Organic Food and Cafe Dubai but you should be able to find these crystal sticks in most health stores or supermarkets.
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