Have you been packing on extra pounds stuck at home? You are not alone; we all suffer from a stray pound or two now and then. But with the increase in stress levels and lack of activity due to quarantine limitations, our nutrition has never been more critical for our health and happiness. Unfortunately, we don’t always eat with our health in mind. Not to mention it can be challenging to get all the nutrients we need from our foods alone. It is not always our fault; it can be due to a lack of resources or even how our bodies process food. That is why it is so important to incorporate a complete supplement. Get ready to find out which accessories are a must when you are looking to get or stay fit!
The Value Of Supplements
If you are looking to help promote weight loss, five supplements are an absolute must for everyone. While our expanding waistlines can be caused by several factors for getting our bodies back on track, I employ six key steps: nutrition, supplements, mindset, hormones, sleep, and, of course, exercise. Even though we are all different, we can all benefit from incorporating all six keys to health. Given that we have already covered the critical foods for weight loss in a previous article, today is all about supplements that boost weight loss. When I say weight loss supplements, I don’t mean anything crazy: vitamins and minerals. That’s right, good old-fashioned vitamins and minerals, you don’t have to overthink it or spend a fortune on some magic pill.
Best Options For Weight Loss
The five best “supplements” for weight loss are vitamins and minerals found in many different foods. Let’s break down all the added benefits from these helpful little guys, and I will even tell you which foods contain high levels of these vitamins and minerals. You may notice some of these foods are on the list for the top 10 foods to promote weight loss! The following is a list of the top 5 best supplements for weight loss:
- B Vitamins
- Vitamin D
If you are looking to up your energy levels and help boost your weight loss, B vitamins are your new best friends! Because B vitamins are water-soluble, you don’t have to worry about taking too many of them. Our bodies naturally flush out any excess while also helping avoid water retention weight. Vitamins B1 aids in appetite regulation and also increases energy levels. In contrast, vitamin B2 is used to promote healthy skin, vision, and red blood cell production. The B vitamin that is best known for its ability to increase energy levels is B12, which is also great for emotional stability, B5 aids metabolism, and B6 increases serotonin. At the same time, most of the B vitamins can be obtained through dark leafy greens and nuts. Vitamin B12 is the only one that has to be acquired by eating animal products such as meat, eggs, and dairy.
Most of us associate Iron with anemia and energy levels. Iron plays a crucial role in red blood cells, which help provide oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. However, it is also vital in good cognitive function as well as the mental process itself. Consuming adequate amounts regularly as a child can help promote optimal development in their brains as an adult. Iron is also heavily involved in the electron transport chain, which is used to make ATP (energy for our bodies), making it a critical component for our energy levels. An estimated 15% of the population struggles with Iron deficiency, with the majority of cases being primarily women. Women need more iron than men due to the loss during menstruation. On average, women require 14.8mg a day, where men require 8.7mg. Iron sources are dark leafy greens, red meat, nuts, and legumes.
One of the essential vitamins for women, especially over the age of 25, is vitamin D. It helps contribute to bone health and strength by aiding in calcium absorption. Vitamin D is effective at helping to boost your immune system due to its ability to help facilitate hormone regulation. It is also great for mood regulation, improving concentration, learning, and memory. Vitamin D is also beneficial for managing blood sugar levels, preventing diabetes, and reducing heart disease and cancer risk. It can also aid in DNA repairing and improve fertility function. Vitamin D sources include sunlight, fatty fish, mushrooms, orange juice, egg yolk, and cheese.
There are several key benefits to taking Magnesium, such as stress reduction. It is no secret that the majority of us are holding onto a large amount of stress-related weight. Magnesium is also great for promoting the relaxation of skeletal muscles, which can increase the amount of restful sleep you are able to achieve. A good night’s sleep can help reset your metabolism and cortisol levels which both promote weight loss. Magnesium also increases energy production, improves nerve transmission, and improves heart health. All of which are critical for optimal health and wellness. Foods containing high levels of Magnesium are cacao, sesame seeds, brazil nuts, basil, broccoli, almonds, mint, spinach, sunflower, flax, and pumpkin seeds.
Known primarily for its benefits to bone health, Calcium is vital for some things. For example, ladies, did you know that Calcium can ease your PMS symptoms? Calcium has been shown to reduce more than just the physical symptoms of PMS due to its ability to help improve your mood regulation. It can also aid in the balancing of blood pressure. Calcium’s critical roles in the body are to assist in the expansion and contraction of blood vessels, veins, arteries, and capillaries. Calcium is also crucial for the prevention of kidney stones and diseases. It helps to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by binding to damaging toxins and preventing their absorption. Lastly, Calcium is excellent for promoting weight loss due to its role in regulating fats and triglycerides. It helps break down fats which also increases thermogenesis which increases weight loss.
Know Your Options
Now that you know just how beneficial it can be to help provide your body with the nutrients it so desperately needs, I hope you start rethinking your current daily supplements. I have noticed a considerable difference in my health with my daily supplements. After about 30 days of taking them regularly, I had so much more energy, and my stress levels seemed to drop magically. Even though my workload never decreased. If anything, my work and stressors increased, yet I still get better sleep, and I am better with how I deal with my more stressful moments. When choosing the right supplements for you, it is crucial to select an option that you can trust.
Gluten-Free Vegan Serves 4
- 1 tsp Ginger Paste
- 2 tsp Ground Coriander
- 1 Clove Garlic Mashed Into Paste
- 3 Tbsp Raw Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Ground Cumin
- ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1 Small Shallot Minced
- ¼ tsp Ground Turmeric
- 1 Tbsp Tomato Paste Mixed With 1 Tbsp of Water
- 4 Ounces of Green Beans Cut Into ¾ Inch Length
- 1 ¼ Cup Dried Green Lentils
- 4 Ounces Kale Stemmed & Chopped Finely
- 1 Medium Carrot Thinly Sliced
- ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Cup Cilantro Chopped Fine
- 2 Small Sweet Potatoes Cubed ¾ Inch
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
In a small bowl, combine ginger, garlic, coriander, and ground cumin. Stir in ¼ cup of water and make into a paste. In a tiny pan, heat oil and toast cumin seeds for 5 seconds before adding shallots. Once shallots are added, cook for 1 minute, add in a pasta mixture, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste mixture and cook for an extra minute. In a saucepan, combine lentils, turmeric, potatoes, and 5 cups of water. Bring the pan to a boil and lower to a simmer to cook for 20 minutes partially covered or until lentils are barely tender. Add in vegetables and ¾ of the cilantro, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Cook until all vegetables and lentils are tender for about 15 minutes. Lastly, scrape in the spice paste and remaining cilantro and simmer for 5 minutes before serving.
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