There is no better time that signals a fresh start like the New Year and especially the new decade now that we’re in 2020! That said, it probably also makes it the best time to apply change in your life. With the days edging towards longer and brighter ones, there simply is no better time to give your body the restoration it needs with these key vitamins and minerals ahead of this period. Read on for 5 Essential Vitamins and Minerals to Kickstart Your Health & Well-Being in 2020!
1. Omega 3
These fatty acids are mainly found in oily fish like sardines and salmon and are essential for both your brain and heart health. This compound lines every cell in the body and so can have a positive impact on anxiety and depression as well as inflammatory conditions. Moreover Omega-3 may help you lose weight with its appetite-suppressing effect and its active involvement in the rate at which your body burns fat (metabolic rate) as indicated by research.
If you follow a plant-based diet and don’t want to miss out then a daily dietary intake of either flaxseed or flaxseed oil, chia seeds or chia seed oil and walnuts will provide you with an abundant amount of Omega 3.
2. Sunshine without Sun
Vitamin D has been linked to higher levels of serotonin – a chemical that provides well-being and contributes to a sense of happiness – a lack of which is linked to depression. This lack, especially over the dimmer last few months, can mean you’re more likely to suffer from sadness or degrees of depression. Humans need exposure to sunlight within an exact UVB spectrum to make vitamin D through our skin so consider getting some rays as it begins to warm up! In the meantime, it’s recommended to take a good supplement of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ if you’re not already taking one.
Magnesium has become known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ because it supports the bodily relaxation of muscles and nerves, helping to fight against things like cramping and constipation. With constipation, magnesium increases the water in your intestines that encourages waste matter to move through the digestive tract, opening your bowels.
Include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, whole grains and bananas in your diet. These are rich in magnesium. Alternatively, you can maintain your daily dose via magnesium capsules.
4. CBD for Sleep
It may be a New Year and many have resolved for better well-being in 2020 but might find it hard to leave behind old habits of worry, and that may be the reason why you’re not sleeping. CBD oil is well known to support sleep and general relaxation needed for recovery from stress. It works on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) responsible for maintaining homeostasis (biological stabilisation) in sleep, memory, mood, pain perception, digestion, cognition and immunity.
Also, medical research has shown that taking CBD oil before bed can alleviate insomnia and help you sleep longer without causing any of the grogginess or hangover-like side effects caused by sleeping pills.
5. Boost good gut bacteria daily
The gut is the gateway to the body because it’s where food is processed. Significant micro nutrients are absorbed here, as well as being the place where infections and toxins are fought. Equally, it contains more than 70% of the body’s immune system and ten times more bacteria than other cells.
With the gut affecting so much of your biological and even psychological health and well-being, maintaining its optimal condition is ideal for your overall well-being. To help the good bacteria in your gut try taking a daily probiotic supplement to help grow the good bacteria. These types of foods, including fermented foods have been found to contain nutrients beneficial to both the immune and digestive systems.