Why adding quality supplements is a good idea

Why adding quality supplements is a good idea

We all know supplements exist. But why are they a good idea? Do we really need them? What happened to getting our nutrients by eating a balanced diet – isn’t that we learned about in first grade through the food pyramid? I have found that even if we follow “the perfect” balanced diet – we probably still need to supplement some things. Here’s a few reasons why.

Lifestyle Factors

1. Our eating habits suck, leading to poor gut health

Raise your hand if you HAVEN’T heard about how important gut health it is. I mean – it’s everywhere, so I shouldn’t be seeing too many hands. When your gut isn’t in shape – nutrients cannot absorb into your body efficiently and effectively.

2. More stressors out there than ever before

Hello life in a pandemic! See number one. Stress can cause poor gut health. Aside from that – it is possible that stress lessens the amount of vital nutrients in your body such as calcium, magnesium and zinc.

3. Not so great habits

It has been found that smoking and drinking alcohol may reduce the amount of vitamin C that is in your body. Smokers actually need twice as much vitamin C as a non-smoker

4. OTC and Rx drugs

If you take aspirin on a semi-regular basis you’re going to need more vitamin C. If you’re on antibiotics you’ll want to up your B vitamins and get some probiotics in you, if you don’t already. Doing hormone replacement therapy taking birth control pills? Add B6, B12, folic acid and zinc to your routine.

Environmental Factors

1. Not all soil is created equal

If foods grow “just okay” in a type of soil or if they’re grown in land that has been farmed a million times over, they may have a reduction in nutrients.

2. Hybrid crops

You can find hybrid crops in many places including organic farms. Hybrid crops are great because they provide more food per acre – more food to feed the world, which is NEVER an issue. But it has been found that these type of crops have a lower volume of nutrients.

3. Fertilizer has changed

The fact is natural fertilizer has been replaced greatly by man-made fertilizers. Again , this is great because they include the right elements to grow a healthy plant; however, they do lack other nutrients that are found in things like manure that transfer to the foods we eat. Now – had I not read this I would never have known. Growing up and living in Wisconsin – manure is quite the staple. I have a farm directly behind me and I am here to tell you – my windows are NOT open a whole lot. Especially when it starts to warm up…fresh baked cow pie is not exactly what I want my kitchen to smell like!

Importance of Quality Supplements

Now we know that our body is missing out on essentials; this is where we make a change and support our body with the nutrition it needs through quality supplements. I will repeat that again because it’s SO important….take QUALITY supplements; not just anything you find on the shelf. Think about it…garbage in garbage out PLUS now you’ve spent money on something that’s done nothing or very little for you, then you get frustrated and try the next and the next…now you’ve just TRIPLED what you would’ve spent on something quality in the first place. (We are currently living this experience in the form of counter stools for our kitchen).

I hope this helped shed some light on why we should look at introducing supplements into our diet.

That being said there’s about 5 gazillion types and brands out there… it’s overwhelming. Because I have dug into this world already , I’d love to save you some time and money .

Allow me to help you understand which specific ones are right for you and why. I’m only an email or comment away!

with health and happiness … April 😘

Transformation Tuesday. Challenge Complete.

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday! I know – transformation Tuesday original? No. Relevant and flows? Yes.

Today I will be highlighting moi. Not something you would have seen a year ago ; hell, six months ago! But you know what – if I want to inspire, encourage and grow my confidence – I need to put it out there.

How it started

Today marks day 32 of my 30 Day Prove-It Challenge that my husband and I completed together. We both agreed at the end of 2020 we needed a health reset for the family. Mindful eating for not only us, but our two children. You see – my husband is a bit of a junk food junkie and me? Well, I often look or present myself as a healthy person and I am for the most part – eating pretty well, lots of exercise and physical activity, but in reality. I wasn’t putting the right things in my body and most definitely not at the right time.

We committed to each other and we went for the Prove-It challenge which incorporates whole, real, non-processed foods with supplements tailored to our own individual health goals. Using these supplements is actually what led me to my side hustle that I am loving! We spent a good amount of time preparing and talking with each other on how we were going to stick with this and also include the kids – introducing them to new foods and healthier versions of the food they already enjoy.

Results

There was A LOT that went on during these 30 days + , but for today, I want to get to the good stuff! The husband is not a fan of photos, sharing stats, etc, but I was able to get the weight change out of him. His long term-goal is to lose 50 lbs. In these last 30 days he’s lost 20! He’s actually kicking himself now that he didn’t take pics or measurement 🙂 When it comes to me – I was looking at cleaning up bad habits, putting more nourishing things in my body, cutting out the things that were hurting my body AND I wanted to actually SEE what my strength workouts have been doing for me. Ever hear of abs are made in the kitchen? Well – I”m here to tell you Very true. I work out religiously, but did’t get the results I wanted or thought I should be getting until I chose to improve my diet.

Check out my before and afters! Day 1, Day 7 and today (day 32).

And you guys – this isn’t just about numbers on a scale or a tape measure – our mood, outlook, sleep patterns, aches and pains have ALL improved. Biggest thing for the husband was…..wait for it….his snoring has reduced by at least 50%! AND his overall mood and demeanor and playfulness with the kids is just a breath of fresh air! For me, I struggle with joint pain, sciatica, insomnia and an anxiety disorder, just to name a few. All have improved since really taking control of my health.

Now what?

I’d love to share more with you. What we ate, what supplements we took what we did for physical activity…. What was difficult, what was simple and what we’re doing now. Head over to my “I want to hear from you” page – let’s keep this thing going together!

Hello!

I want to welcome you all to my first ever blog!  This is a very exciting thing for me as I have always loved writing and sharing, but was never confident enough to do it. 

So who am I?    My name is April.  I am a working mother of two beautiful babes (well, they’re 5 and almost 8 already!) and have been married to my husband, Adam, for 11 years.  We also have three fur babies that keep us busy 🙂  I wanted to start this blog, frankly, because I need a hobby!  I need something for me – often times I find myself giving and giving and giving….which I love to do, but it’s also nice to have a little something for yourself,  right? 

My passions are health and wellness (mental as well as physical), my family, animals of all kids and lifting others up.   I’ve been on a journey this last year to really “find myself.”  Cliché , I know, but it’s the truth!  I have to say once I let go of some things and really became my true self again  – I’ve been living a happier life both professionally and personally.  Has it been hard?  Yes.  Is it still hard?  Yes.  Am I still working on myself daily…yes!  Difference is now I’m just having much more fun doing it.

What are you going to find while getting to know me through cyberspace? You will find healthy tips and resources, product recommendations, recipes,  workouts of all kinds, encouragement, motivation, inspiration AND silly, goofy and HARD life stories written from experience.

I adore the idea of bringing people together. People who can be open and relate to each other. I have years and years of “me” built up to share – I hope you join (and bare with) me as I dive into this.