People don’t tend to change when the clock strikes midnight on December 31. There’s no denying, however, that a metaphorical switch is flipped for many, and the gluttonous festive season officially comes to an end.
With the dawn of a new year, it’s definitely a good time to consider your priorities and refocus after the Christmas period, a generally jubilant time of year during which it’s far too easy to lose track, particularly where health and fitness are concerned.
In truth, nutritional supplements shouldn’t be high up your priority list when contemplating a New Year’s regime. Your focus should be on following a wholesome, nutrient-rich, balanced diet and pursuing plenty of exercise. At the time of writing that’s more challenging than ever, with gyms shut across the country. Thankfully, the pavement’s not off-limits – and there are plenty of home workouts to try on YouTube.
Though supplements should rank behind diet and exercise, they can certainly potentiate your results by promoting improved post-workout recovery, meeting a dietary shortfall, supplying much-needed energy, building muscle and more.
Taking supplements can also have a psychological benefit: which is to say, you are more likely to stick to your healthy routine if you’ve already shelled out on a supplement to help you achieve that goal.
Below, we’ve summarised five supplements to enhance the “New Year, New You” spirit that tends to pervade the country every January. Now, make that New Year’s resolution and stick to it!
1. Green Vibrance
The best-selling supplement in our well-stocked larder, Green Vibrance is the original green superfood powder: a comprehensive formulation designed to support the four pillars of health, namely nutrition, digestion, circulation and immunity.
Green Vibrance was the first greens powder on the market, making its debut in the early 1990s. Since then, it has been continually reformulated to stay ahead of its competition, going from 34 ingredients to over 70 today.
Green Vibrance contains an assortment of vitamins and minerals, as well as 25 billion probiotics from 12 strains. Key ingredients include barley and wheat grass, spirulina, broccoli, kale, goji berry and turmeric root.
Because of its sheer nutritional value, Green Vibrance is used by customers around the world, many of them pursuing different goals. Some use it as a nutrient-rich, low-calorie drink. Most take it to up their intake of antioxidant green vegetables. Some, to combine with fruit in their morning smoothie. The choice is yours.
Whatever your goal, Green Vibrance is undoubtedly one of the most trusted nutritional supplements on the planet. In our view, it’s the single best post-Christmas supplement for those who’ve overindulged!
2. Nutravite Multivite
It’s a well-known fact that vitamins boost the immune system, and that our immune systems need all the help they can get during winter, since it’s both respiratory season and, paradoxically, the season in which many of us let our guards down by not looking after ourselves as well (eating the wrong types of food, skipping exercise).
It’s also a season when many of us can suffer from low mood due to the cold weather and lack of sunlight; this is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Again, there are vitamins (and minerals!) that can help.
Step forward, Nutravite Multivite, a sublingual one-a-day multivitamin that provides 100% of your daily requirements for a dozen separate nutrients. Just pop the tiny tablet under your tongue and let it dissolve – it takes mere seconds. This delivery mechanism bypasses the stomach, where vitamins can become degraded, thereby getting the nutrients where they need to go.
Nutravite Multivite supplies 100% of your daily Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin and Pantothenic Acid.
Five of those are considered valuable for the immune system (A, B6, B12, C, D) while several (the B vitamins, Vit D) are helpful for mood.
In short, adding Nutravite Multivite is a great idea at any time of year. But especially during winter.
3. UnoCardio 1000
Ranked as the world’s best-quality fish oil since 2015, UnoCardio 1000 is truly in a league of its own. Derived from small-species fish harvested from sustainable sources, the premium omega-3 supplement combines EPA and DHA with vitamin D.
Thanks to this synergy, it supports not only the heart but also the brain and bones, and vision. Third-party tested for quality, UnoCardio 1000 has a five-star rating with the International Fish Oil Standards Program and is one of our best-reviewed supplements.
Is there any particular reason why you might want to take a fish oil as part of a New Year, New You regime though? Well, yes.
According to several studies, much of the world’s population suffers from low blood levels of EPA and DHA. This is especially true of those who don’t eat two servings of fish per week.
Omega-3 is also anti-inflammatory, and one of the best nutrients for post-exercise recovery.
Protein is an especially valuable nutrient for those looking to lose weight, especially the stubborn fat that clings to the midriff. Countless studies bear this out, many of which are referenced in this article on Healthline.
One of the reasons is due to protein’s high thermic effect. Protein-rich diets can also lead to improvements in biomarkers of metabolic syndrome, and help to build muscle.
Dietary sources are abundant, of course, so meeting your daily target is simply a question of eating enough chicken, turkey, beef, salmon, tuna – whatever the case may be. Adding a protein supplement into your diet can help with that.
Maximum Vibrance is our recommendation – mainly because it’s more than just a protein powder. Vibrant Health’s vegan-friendly formula is the world’s most comprehensive formulation of plant protein, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and antioxidants
It’s also non-GMO, with no soy, dairy or gluten. Did we mention it’s also delicious?
5. Progurt Probiotics
Probiotics have been variously shown to improve blood pressure, alleviate anxiety and hay fever, promote hormonal balance and digestion, boost immune health and even help people lose weight.
A new study also indicates that probiotics can reduce the incidence of colds in people prone to catching the virus. If it’s true that “good health begins in the gut,” probiotics (live bacteria) are the key ingredient.
Our gut microbiome is as unique to us as our fingerprint, and none of us have the exact same balance of bacteria. But it’s true that a high-strength probiotic can make a major impact on modulating the gut microbiome and ensuing a slew of benefits.
Progurt is the most powerful probiotic currently available, boasting one trillion beneficial bacteria per sachet (30x the average). Simply disperse in water, drink and enjoy.
Progurt includes multiple bacterial strains, including missing and fragile strains, and you won’t have to wait long to feel an effect. If your digestion or immune system could use a boost, Progurt is a terrific addition.
There is a reason that gyms (in non-Covid times!) get busy every January: this is the time of year when commitments are made, personal trainers hired, diet plans hatched. It’s also a month in which an increasing number of people decide to quit alcohol for a month.
While you shouldn’t wait till January to instil healthy habits, everyone needs to cut loose once in a while. We need Yin as well as Yang. Christmas is a time to be merry and January is the time of rebirth. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
With any luck, one or several of the aforementioned supplements will help you achieve your New Year’s fitness resolutions. Good luck!
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Protein-rich diets can lead to improvements in biomarkers of metabolic syndrome, and help to build muscle.