What supplements should you take?

What supplements should you take?

With so many supplements on the market, it can be difficult to know which ones can genuinely benefit you and which are just a waste of money. Of course, everybody is different and the supplements that you take should be based on your own unique needs. However, there are certain supplements that I recommend to clients time and again.

 

Here are five of the most common supplements I recommend and why:

 

OMEGA 3

It’s important to consume Omega 3 and Omega 6 in balanced ratios but unfortunately, many of us consume too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3 – this can lead to increased inflammation. Omega 3 essential fats are required for countless functions across the body including heart and brain health.

 

Deficiency is a common cause of dry skin. There are few good sources of Omega 3 essential fats in the diet and a good quality, high strength Omega 3 supplement is something I recommend to most of my clients.

 

If you’re in good health, take a maintenance dose of 2.5g per day and ensure your fish oil supplement is IFOS certified to ensure purity and freshness. I recommend Enerzona’s Omega 3 RX. Not that you should not take omega 3 if you are also taking blood thinning medications such as Warfarin.

 

VITAMIN D

Many of us are deficient in vitamin D due to lack of exposure to sunlight. Deficiency can be assessed using a simple blood test – if you suspect you may be deficient ask your GP to test you or get tested privately. Alternatively, you can purchase a simple and affordable at home test kit. Common symptoms of deficiency include lower back pain, muscle weakness, muscle aches, fatigue but you can be deficient and experience no symptoms at all.

 

If your doctor or nutritionist discovers a deficiency they may prescribe a very high dose (20,000iu / 50,000iu) Vitamin D3 supplement to take once or twice per week. Once your Vitamin D levels have been optimised they can be maintained by a daily dose of 1,000iu. I recommend BetterYou’s DLux 1000iu.

 

IRON
Anaemia is common amongst women of reproductive age. Pregnancy is another common cause of iron deficiency. Coupled with the fact that many of us don’t regularly consume red meat – a key source of iron – deficiency is fairly common. The most common, noticable symptoms of anaemia are tiredness and lethargy which can occur alongside a pale complexion.

 

GP’s regularly screen patient’s iron levels and will recommend a prescription iron to help restore healthy levels. However, the particular supplement available on the NHS can cause constipation. I recommend Iron Bisglycinate (such as Solgar’s Gentle Iron) which doesn’t cause such side effects.

 

Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron so supplement 1,000mg daily of Vitamin C.

 

MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is required by every organ in the body. It is involved in over 600 enzymatic reactions including energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Our intake of magnesium has been compromised over the years due to the refining process – foods such as grains and rice lose significant levels of their magnesium when refined from brown to white.

 

Magnesium acts as a smooth muscle relaxant so can be useful for ensuring regular bowel movements. Suboptimal levels can contribute to anxiety and supplementing magnesium has been shown to help ease anxiety and promote good sleep.

 

BetterYou offer a fantastic range of magnesium products.

 

PROBIOTICS

Digestive symptoms are amongst the most common issues I see in clinic. Bloating, reactions to certain foods and IBS symptoms are a problem for many individuals. Alcohol, stress, and a less than optimal diet can all have a negative impact on our digestive health. Probiotics can help restore levels of beneficial gut bacteria – essential for healthy digestion. They should always be taken following antibiotic use.

 

I recommend Renew Life’s Ultimate Flora Critical Care.

 

 



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.