Not enough sleep. Shuttling kids back and forth to and from school and sports practice. Demands at work. These can all lead to stress for the busy mom. Here’s what you need to stay healthy and balanced.
By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods
1) Multivitamin. No matter how healthful and “clean” you eat, a quality multivitamin is critical to the foundation of good health. It makes up for the shortfall of nutrients that you may not be getting through your diet.
2) Omega oils. (aka essential fatty acids or fish oils) For brain function, healthy skin, hormone balance, immune function and so much more, make omegas part of your daily regimen. When we are under stress it can cause inflammation, as well as impede our ability to focus and handle mental fatigue. It is easy to add an oil supplement to support our brain into a morning smoothie or on our salad at lunch.
3) B complex. When our bodies are under stress, it immediately pulls from your body’s supply of B vitamins for energy and adrenal support to sustain your physical and mental energy throughout the day. (B12 fans: try a B-complex for more comprehensive energy support for those hectic days.)
4) Probiotics. Chronic stress can suppress your immune system leaving us vulnerable to every little bug that the kids come in contact with. Probiotics are an easy way to boost our immune systems and make sure that we are absorbing all the nutrients we are taking in. This assures we are in the best condition to fight off infection and viruses.
5) Calcium. No matter your age - be it childbearing years to post-menopausal stage of life - calcium is vital to the maintenance of strong, healthy bones (added benefits include healthy, hair, skin and nails).
*This information is intended for educational purposes only. The Food and Drug Administration have not evaluated these statements. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult with a physician.