NEW MIL­LEN­NIUM WELL­NESS KIT

The 21st cen­tury has brought with it some unique health chal­lenges. Stay healthy in the mod­ern world with these 9 key sup­ple­ment strate­gies, de­signed with mil­len­ni­als in mind

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Lisa Turner

Nine sup­ple­ment strate­gies de­signed with mil­len­ni­als in mind.

An abun­dance of prepack­aged con­ve­nience foods, hours spent on de­vices such as com­put­ers and cell­phones, more time sit­ting and less time spent out­side. Our mod­ern, on-the-go life­style of­ten in­cludes fast food, less sleep, more stress, and abun­dant amounts of cof­fee. Most of us need a lit­tle help. Tackle your new mil­len­nium health chal­lenges with these tar­geted tips.

1 MUL­TI­VI­TA­MIN

It’s ba­sic, but cru­cial, es­pe­cially in this day and age, when decades of farm­ing have left soil (and the crops grown in them) de­pleted of vi­tal min­er­als. More­over, most of us don’t eat the rec­om­mended

five serv­ings daily of fruits and vegeta­bles reg­u­larly, opt­ing for quick, con­ve­nient (read: less nu­tri­ent-dense) meals and snacks. A well-for­mu­lated mul­ti­vi­ta­min and min­eral sup­ple­ment is crit­i­cal to fill in nu­tri­tional gaps. Choose one that’s de­rived from whole fruits and vegeta­bles, not cre­ated syn­thet­i­cally; if it’s or­ganic, even bet­ter. And in this case, a longer in­gre­di­ent list is prefer­able (syn­thetic vi­ta­mins and sup­ple­ments tend to have short in­gre­di­ent lists). Tip: Store your “once-a-day” near your cof­fee maker, so you’ll be sure to re­mem­ber it ev­ery morn­ing.

2 VITAMIN D

We’re spend­ing much less time out­doors than gen­er­a­tions be­fore us, and when we are out­side, we’re slathered with sun­screen— great news for skin cancer preven­tion, not so great for our vitamin D sta­tus. Vitamin D is im­por­tant for healthy bones and nec­es­sary for the for­ma­tion of sex hor­mones like es­tro­gen and testos­terone. And the sun­shine vitamin also re­duces the risk of di­a­betes, cancer, de­pres­sion and other health con­cerns. While many mul­tis con­tain vitamin D, it’s usu­ally in smaller amounts; to be sure you’re get­ting enough, add a sup­ple­ments to your reg­i­men. Choose a D3 (chole­cal­cif­erol), which is more avail­able to the body, and take at least 1,000 IU daily.

3 EYE-HEALTH AN­TIOX­I­DANTS

Con­sider this: the av­er­age Amer­i­can now stares at screens for a to­tal of 10 hours per day. Com­put­ers and cell­phones have brought us the world at our fin­ger­tips and al­low us to com­mu­ni­cate like never be­fore. How­ever, our elec­tronic de­vices also emit blue light, which causes free rad­i­cal dam­age and, over time, may cause se­ri­ous dam­age to the eyes. Pro­tect your peep­ers with an­tiox­i­dant sup­ple­ments de­signed for eye health. One of the best: Ocu­guard Blutein Pro­tec­tion con­tains lutein, zeax­an­thin, as­tax­an­thin, and fu­cox­an­thin, de­rived from kelp; these eye-spe­cific an­tiox­i­dants have been shown to fight free rad­i­cals, ab­sorb blue-green light, and pro­tect the eyes from dam­age.

4 OMEGA- 3S

If you’re like most peo­ple, you’re prob­a­bly not eat­ing enough fish, wal­nuts, or other sources of omega-3 fats. Why you need them: Omega-3s are a pow­er­ful ally for balanc­ing mood and eas­ing stress, anx­i­ety, and de­pres­sion, which are be­com­ing more com­mon in the mod­ern world. Omega-3 fatty acids are pow­er­ful anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries, which can set you up for a dis­ease­free fu­ture. They’ ve been shown to pro­tect against heart dis­ease, Alzheimer’s, and eye de­gen­er­a­tion, and also help

fight acne and fu­ture wrin­kles. Look for sus­tain­ably sourced

fish oils, or ve­gan, plant-based omega -3 sup­ple­ments. There’ s no set stan­dard for how much you need, but 250–500 mg com­bined EPA and DHA are gen­er­ally rec­om­mended.

5 PRO­BI­OTICS

Th e new mil­len­nium brought “multi-task­ing” into our ver­nac­u­lar and our daily lives. But one of the prob­lems with mul­ti­task­ing is added stress, and many peo­ple add eat­ing to the list of tasks they tackle, jug­gling quite lit­er­ally more than they can chew. If this de­scribes you, you prob­a­bly need pro­bi­otics. These ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria, found in the in­testines, help heal gut prob­lems, en­hance im­mune func­tion, bal­ance mood, and pre­vent long-term dis­ease. But they’re eas­ily dam­aged by stress, an­tibi­otics, and poor diet (es­pe­cially al­tered fats and sugar, high in most take-out, fast-food or pre­pared meals). So un­less you eat home­made yo­gurt, miso, tem­peh, or sauer­kraut reg­u­larly, seek out a sup­ple­ment. Look for one with at least 10 bil­lion live bac­te­ria that in­cludes the three most im­por­tant strains— L. lac­to­bacil­lus, B. bi­fidum and B. longum— as well as L. fer­men­tum, L. rham­no­sus, L. plan­tarum, and other strains. Stom­ach acids can de­stroy pro­bi­otics, so take them on an empty stom­ach; some stud­ies sug­gest pro­bi­otics sur­vive best when taken 30 min­utes be­fore a meal that con­tains some fat (which buf­fer stom­ach acids).

6 AN­TIOX­I­DANTS

An­other mi­crowave meal? It may be very “Jet­sons” to whip up a meal in min­utes, but

we sac­ri­fice the fresh in­gre­di­ents (and ar­ray of an­tiox­i­dants) we get from home-cooked meals. If this de­scribes your rou­tine most nights of the week, ad­ding an an­tiox­i­dant sup­ple­ment is cru­cial. An­tiox­i­dants such as vi­ta­mins C and E, beta carotene, se­le­nium, fl avonoids, and polyphe­nols sup­port im­mune func­tion, keep skin look­ing young, and can pro­tect against dis­ease and de­gen­er­a­tion. But high doses of a syn­thetic an­tiox­i­dant sup­ple­ment may do more harm than good. Look for a whole-foods blend: a green foods pow­der with fruit and berries, or a sup­ple­ment that con­tains an or­ganic fruit and veg­etable blend are your best bets.

7 COL­LA­GEN

More of us call our­selves “veg­e­tar­ian” or “ve­gan” than ever be­fore. But aside from vitamin B , a veg­e­tar­ian

12 or ve­gan diet is miss­ing col­la­gen. Even if you eat meat, you’re prob­a­bly not get­ting the col­la­gen that past gen­er­a­tions con­sumed, as home­made soup stocks and broths (a rich nat­u­ral source of col­la­gen) are be­com­ing a thing of the past. Be sure to nour­ish and sup­port joints, lig­a­ments, and ten­dons with col­la­gen. Th e most abun­dant pro­tein in your body, col­la­gen helps joints move more eas­ily to re­duce pain and dis­com­fort, may help ten­dons and lig­a­ments heal more quickly, and can even pro­tect against joint de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. It also im­proves liver health, strength­ens nails and teeth, builds bones, and gives the skin rm­ness and elas­tic­ity to pre­vent wrin­kles and sag­ging as skin ages. Col­la­gen is found in bone broth, gelatin, and high-qual­ity pro­tein, like salmon; or add a scoop of col­la­gen pow­der to your morn­ing smoothie or green drink to be sure you’re get­ting enough. Look for hy­drolyzed col­la­gen, which is more read­ily di­gested and ab­sorbed, from or­ganic and/or pas­ture-raised beef or sus­tain­able, wild-caught marine sources.

8 L-THEANINE

Anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion are more preva­lent in our mod­ern-day so­ci­ety.

Th e Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion re­ports that 12 per­cent of mil­len­ni­als have an anx­i­ety dis­or­der, and 19 per­cent have been di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion. And be­tween work, money, and job sta­bil­ity, Gen-Xers have their fair share of stress too. L-theanine, an amino acid found in green and black tea, has a mea­sur­able calm­ing ef­fect on the brain, in­creas­ing the body’s pro­duc­tion of GABA and dopamine, neu­ro­trans­mit­ters that in­duce

feel­ings of well-be­ing. Other stress-bust­ing sup­ple­ments to con­sider: tulsi, also called holy basil, re­duces stress and anx­i­ety; mag­ne­sium is a nat­u­ral mus­cle re­lax­ant and can re­duce stress and im­prove sleep; and pas­sion­flower has been shown to ef­fec­tively treat ner­vous­ness and anx­i­ety.

9 MUSH­ROOMS

Nu­tri­ent-dense mushroom for­mu­las are great to take daily for en­ergy, im­mune health, and men­tal stamina. Two stand­outs for mil­len­ni­als: Lion’s mane,

par­tic­u­larly amy­loban, one of the mushroom’s ac­tive in­gre­di­ents, has been shown to sup­port mem­ory, men­tal fo­cus, con­cen­tra­tion, and brain nerve cell health. Cordy­ceps, a medic­i­nal mushroom rich in health-boost­ing polysac­cha­rides, has been used as an ef­fec­tive en­ergy booster in tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine for cen­turies. Ja­panese re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Fukui re­ported that cordy­ceps con­tains anti-fa­tigue prop­er­ties.

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