There are so many supplements out there it could make anyone’s head spin! Here I am to the rescue with my must haves for the workout savvy woman who wants to support her healthy lifestyle without breaking the bank, carry a giant pillbox around with her or have to have an extra pantry installed! See below for my favorite top 3 supplements that I think everyone should include in their diet.
I was introduced to this pre-workout, High Volume, a few years ago when I was looking for a supplement without caffeine in it. I originally tried the Cotton Candy flavor which is way to sweet for me and I love sweet. So that’s saying a lot. Raspberry Lemonade, however, has won my heart! It dissolved completely into water without clumping and is quite tasty. It also comes in Paradise Cooler, Melon Berry Twist, and Blue Frost. I love the variety because I can always try a different flavor when I run out of this one so it doesn’t get stale!
The energy is clean and isn’t the kind of pre-workout that is going to have your heart beating out of your chest if that’s the kind you’re looking for. It’s a much more subtle energy boost that will have you pushing harder, but won’t keep you up at night. This is super important for me since I tend to workout in the evenings and I’d prefer to not be attacked with insomnia all night. There is sucralose in this which I’m not super happy about, but when I weigh the pros and cons of the product it wins out for me. It’s been a staple in my life since I found it!
PEScience is also a brand name I trust for having quality products and sourcing their ingredients from the best possible places. There’s a reason so many athletes rep PEScience so give them a try and reap the benefits!
My other have to have supplement is my Collagen Peptides from Vital Proteins! Their collagen breaks down completely in liquid so there’s no chalky aftertaste and no chunky texture. I mix it in my tea or latte in the mornings and I’m good to go. So why should you be spending your precious paycheck on collagen? The better answer is how can you not!
Collagen is associated in the media and skincare world with glowing skin and a more youthful appearance, but it has also been proven to strengthen tendons and bones, maintain healthy cartilage, increase athletic performance, improve digestion and gut health! I noticed a huge change in the dryness of my skin and my energy levels when I started taking two scoops of collagen each morning. Vital Protein’s Collagen can also be mixed into smoothies and other food recipes because it is odorless and tasteless. It’s so easy to fit into whatever you’re eating or drinking each day.
While collagen is well known for being included in skincare products, ingesting it can be extremely helpful. Collagen is a building block for our skin, hair, nails, bones and joints. Since our bodies can’t synthesize enough collagen on our own and our diets rarely include enough collage, adding at a supplement can be a life changer.
My last supplement that I suggest everyone have in their cabinet, or in this case their fridge, is a great probiotic. A probiotic is a pill full of live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your, specifically your digestive system. Check out my post here for a more indepth view into why a probiotic is so necessary. The short version is that our soil today doesn’t have nearly the micronutrients that we need to create a healthy microbiome. Without a healthy microbiome our digestion can’t work effectively and we miss out on getting the nutrients from the food we’re eating. A great probiotic can make a world of different and my two favorites are VSL #3 and Prescript-Assist. Right now I’m using VSL #3, but since that has to be refrigerated I do use Prescript-Assist when I’m traveling. VSL #3 is my top choice because it is the only probiotic that has been medically tested and has a ton of great bacteria strains in it.
Taking a probiotic regularly can help you safeguard from bad bacteria that you may ingest and can help your gut rebalance in favor of your good gut bacteria and edge out the bad bacteria. Even if you don’t have IBS or stomach issues you may be having issues with your digestion or nutrient absorbtion that you don’t even realize. Dry skin, rashes, fatigue, depression, anxiety and many other issues can all be caused by bad digestion or an out of whack microbiome. Check out my microbiome post for more info if you want to learn all about the little buggers living inside of you and why you need them!
There you have it! My top 3 supplements you need in your diet pronto! There’s no need to stockpile every supplement under the sun and fill your pantry to the brim. The above supplements will help you get the most bang for your buck and allow help your body function at the highest possible level. As always, I believe in getting the nutrients you need from food first, but the supplements above are just that…a lovely supplement to what is hopefully a varied diet full of a rainbow of colors (and no, I don’t mean skittles).
Do you have any supplements you can’t live without? Sound out below!
Disclaimer: I may make a small amount off of products suggested, however, I will never suggest something I don’t believe in 100%!