Today’s world is chock full of stress. If you’re a parent trying to navigate through this pandemic, or if you’re an adult or a professional, I think we can all agree that there’s more stress than ever before. These times have led to some very dramatic changes in our daily lives.
Increasing numbers of people – for good reason – are focusing on their own health and wellness and if you’re a parent, that of your kids as well. Because of this, growth of the supplement industry here in America has increased over 12% just in 2020 alone. The market size in this current year (2021) which is not yet over was $151.9 billion!
Supplements give us extra protection from all kinds of things. Besides supplements for beauty and skin care, collagen added to a smoothie can do way more for you than help with wrinkles although that is a very nice benefit! Collagen is the major protein in your connective tissues, including tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. Hey, we can all use a boost of something to help us look and feel younger – all this worry and stress ages us faster – LOL!
Lending support to these systems no matter what your age is protective, especially for older adults, as stress can bring about a weakening of all systems. Did you know that stress uses up the supplements in your body faster than normal?
Collagen hydrates and gives your skin structure and elasticity plus helps strengthen your bones. If you use a hydrolyzed form, this means it has been broken down making it more absorbable in your digestive tract.
As we’re living through a terrifying pandemic which creates so much stress and weakens the immune system, we have seen a 50% increase in people looking for immune-supportive supplements. There are a bunch of great supplements good for supporting the immune system, like vitamins B, C, D, plus elderberry, echinacea, astragalus, turmeric, and ginger are quite useful in this vein too.
Perhaps the one most trending and possibly the most important is vitamin D, which has been getting a lot of press due to its many-faceted benefits. Also known as the sunshine vitamin because it’s produced in your skin by exposure to sunlight, we know it’s a fat-soluble vitamin which has a family of compounds. Vitamin D helps regulate calcium and phosphorus and facilitates normal immune system function. It helps in the development of bones and teeth and has been noted to improve resistance against many diseases.
Vitamin D has been noted to reduce your risk of multiple sclerosis and decrease your chance of developing heart disease. In these times when so many people are getting vaccinated with a newer and more experimental gene therapy, there have been many reports of myocarditis. Isn’t good to know that you are taking some supplements that are protective of your heart?!
Vitamin D is also known to reduce your chance of getting the flu. It’s also very useful in reducing depression (rampant and raging during these trying times) and may play a meaningful role in calming anxiety as well.
Magnesium is also a much-needed supplement. Magnesium can help us navigate through migraines and is also known for improving sleep. I don’t know about you, but I’m increasingly finding that my sleep quality is a major tool against all the stress.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. A majority of magnesium is found in your bones, and the rest is found in muscles, soft tissues, and fluids, including the bloodstream. Every cell needs magnesium to function.
Magnesium helps convert food into energy and assists in the creation of new proteins made from amino acids. It also is instrumental in creating and repairing DNA and RNA. Magnesium is also involved in contracting and relaxing muscles, and also helps regulate neurotransmitters like serotonin. Unfortunately, about half of the people in America and Europe get less than the minimal recommended amount each day.
It's not hard to see what a critical role supplements play normally in our daily existence. They become even more important when living during times of high stress. Daily life is stressful enough, and when catastrophes occur, stress multiples exponentially.
However, we don’t have to worry about this! So many of us have faith and those who do should definitely use it to the max! We have an abundance of health-giving foods in America, and we can maximize consuming these and minimize “treating” our stress levels with junk food. Yes, it’s a very mindful and disciplined process, but you can do it! Plus, we can support each other in doing so. Supplements are also a critical part of our diet, and they give us extra added protection in so many way.
As always, I wish you a happy, holistically healthy day!
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