Supplements to Keep You Fighting Fit This Christmas

Supplements to Keep You Fighting Fit This Christmas

If you’re looking to supplements to help keep you feeling healthy and energised this Christmas, look no further. Christmas is often a time when we indulge a little more than usual, and there are plenty of illnesses doing the rounds, too. Supplements can be particularly helpful at times like this. Of course they’re not a cure-all, but they really can make a difference to how well you feel throughout the festive period.

Here are our picks of the best supplements to keep you feeling healthy and energised over the festive period.

CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENTS TO HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY AND ENERGISED

SUPPORT YOUR ENERGY LEVELS: B VITAMINS


B vitamins are essential for the conversion of food to energy. Often, a good quality B vitamin supplement can noticeably improve your energy levels. We like BioMedica’s BioActivated B – it provides B vitamins in high quality forms at effective doses.

 
We should all be supplementing vitamin D at this time of year, we recommend the BetterYou range of DLux sprays. One symptom of low vitamin D levels is fatigue, so if you suffer with consistently low energy levels, regardless of how much sleep you get, it’s worth checking your vitamin D levels, along with iron, B12 and folate. Ask your GP or contact us for more information.

PROTECT YOUR LIVER: MILK THISTLE & ANTIOXIDANTS

 
There are two types of supplement we commonly recommend to support health while drinking alcohol: milk thistle and antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect cells from alcohol-induced free radical damage. Milk thistle acts partly as an antioxidant and is well researched for it’s liver protective effects and detoxification support. Oxyguard from BioMedica is an antioxidant complex that also includes milk thistle. Definitely worth incorporating in your Christmas supplements regime if you enjoy a drink.

HELP YOUR GUT COPE: PROBIOTICS

 
Christmas can take it’s toll on our gut health, often leading to bloating and discomfort. Digestive enzymes are naturally released into the gut when we eat to help us breakdown food. Taking them as a supplement can help aid digestion when we consume larger meals than usual, or meals that you know your system struggles to digest. NutriAdvanced’s Similase is a broad spectrum digestive enzyme, meaning that it supports digestion of a range of different foods. Take one with the first mouthful of your meal. A good quality probiotic, such as Symprove, is also a good idea to support our beneficial gut bacteria.

KEEP THINGS MOVING: TRIPHALA

 
If you’re prone to constipation anyway, slipping out of your usual healthy habits can often make things worse. Don’t be tempted to turn to irritating laxitives like senna – we strongly discourage the use of harsh laxitives unless absolutely necessary. Instead, try Pukka’s Wholistic Triphala. It’s a far gentler yet highly effective solution. Take one to two before bed. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE HEALTH: VITAMIN C & ZINC

 
Vitamin C and zinc are both important nutrients for immune system function and helping the body defend itself against infections. Try this Vitamin C Rosehip Complex from BioCare. It contains both vitamin C and zinc and comes in powder form – easy to mix with water or add it into your berry smoothie.

A final recommendation for your Christmas supplements list: UnBEElievable Health’s Bee Prepared Max Strength. Take one to two capsules per day as maintenance or up to four capsules a day if you feel like you’re coming down with something.

WILL SUPPLEMENTS KEEP YOU HEALTHY OVER WINTER?

As a team of nutritionists, we always take a ‘food first’ approach to nutrition. We encourage our clients to focus on acquiring the vast majority of the nutrients they need from their diet. However, for various reasons it’s not always possible to achieve optimal nutritional status through food alone. Well chosen dietary supplements can play an important role in supporting our health. All of the supplements mentioned in this article are available through The Natural Dispensary and can purchased at a discount using our code: PEARSON10.

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SARAH LAW

Sarah has worked with hundreds of clients over the past decade to help them live in a healthy body that they feel confident in.
Sarah spent a large part of her teens and 20’s as a professional dancer battling with orthorexia and an unhealthy relationship with food and her body. This created a desire to understand the human body more so she could finally cut through the confusion and end the cycle of yoyo dieting. This fuelled her passion to help other women do the same.

 

Sarah May specialises in supporting women who are struggling to lose weight due to underlying health issues. She’s helped many women manage their weight during and after the menopause, as well as clients with thyroid disease and immune system dysfunction. Sarah May loves food and sharing healthy recipes with her clients. Her aim is to ensure that clients don’t feel deprived and instead, achieve their weight loss and health goals in a positive and sustainable way.

 

To enquire about working with Sarah, please contact us.

AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.

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