This post features a list of products that I have personally taken and recommended as they have helped me tremendously on the job, and in my overall wellness. Based on how they have benefited me this is my personal list of the best supplements for your health.
It’s always a joke in the teaching world how little time we have to do anything. We are professionals at speed eating and never going to the bathroom. The hours we work are never really set in stone. I can work 8 hours one day but 14 hours the next, and if you are a coach or work in extracurricular activities than you hardly ever get a break.
How then can we maintain a healthy lifestyle in a stress-filled job where we hardly ever stop?
Other than eating right (ill discuss that in another article), supplements can help give us what we might be missing especially if our diet is lacking. Always though, talk to your doctor before taking certain products to make sure they are right for you. It’s very important also to research supplements before you take them. Because they are not fully regulated by the FDA there are a lot of sub-par par products out there.
Multivitamin supplements contain a combination of nutrients normally found in food. If your diet is lacking in any department a multivitamin could help bridge that gap.
When your body gets what it needs the benefits come with it. Taking a multivitamin could help with:
- increased energy
- better mood
- less stress
- fills in nutrient gaps
- helps brain function
- increased bone strength
Mary Ruths Multivitamin is probably the best multivitamin I have ever tried (and I have tried a lot). It’s more expensive but I feel like the benefits are worth it. It comes in a large bottle with a measuring cup that has to be refrigerated. When I take a shot of this in the morning I can immediately start to feel the effects. I have also noticed a huge difference in my health and my increased productivity at work and in the gym.
This is definitely something I do not take every day. Since I am a big coffee drinker I am wary of products that increase energy as I don’t want to overdo it.
Another Mary Ruth product I found is their Organic B12 Spray. If I need to I take one or two sprays in the afternoon and it gives me a slight pick up that I might need to get through the rest of the day. It’s a small bottle and is easily transportable so it’s convenient to have on hand.
There are several other benefits of B12 other than increased energy.
- Helps with red blood cell formation
- May support bone health
- May improve mood and depression
- Keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy
- May benefit your brain and improve memory
- May improve heart health
- Supports healthy hair, skin, and nails
Like I discussed in my post about 5 ways to be stress-free, this supplement is designed to reduce stress or anxiety. I have personally found this product to be a game changer. Its an ancient medicinal herb with a variety of benefits.
- It may help reduce stress and anxiety
- It can reduce blood sugar levels
- It may reduce symptoms of depression
- It may reduce inflammation
- It may improve brain function
- Non-habit forming
I use this when I know that my day is going to be hectic. It does not change my personality it just helps my body relax.
I have shared this supplement with other teachers I work with and they love it as well.
Sleep Aid and Fat Burner
If you are anything like me than its very hard to shut you are brain off at night to fall asleep. This product has helped me tremendously in getting a good nights sleep, but there are more benefits than just this. These products can:
- Aid sleep and wake up refreshed
- suppress appetite
- Increase your metabolism at night
From what I have noticed it helps my body relax, and I am able to fall asleep within minutes of shutting my eyes.
I am also not a morning person, and I have noticed myself waking up every day refreshed and ready to go.
The jury is still out on whether the fat burner portion of this works. I have noticed my clothes fitting a lot better than normal, but I also workout 5 times a week and eat pretty healthy.
The Lion Latch is the best little storage container I have found to transport my supplements. It comes in several colors, and you can attach it to almost anything: purse, backpack, car keys, etc. Having it hang from my purse where it is noticeable is a visual cue that helps remind me to take the supplements. It’s also pretty durable. I have one on my keys, and I drop them all the time, and my Lion Latch is still going strong.
I personally have 3 of them. I use the one on my work bag for the day’s supplements. I have another on my keychain for my small jewelry (I need a safe place for my ring when I workout), and another on my work lanyard. I use this one mainly for student-athletes who forget to take off earrings before practice or games. My Lion Latch is a safe place to hold them where I know they won’t get stolen. I also discovered that my fidgety kids like to take the Lion Latch on and off the carabiner, so I’ll give it to them to play with and hopefully help focus.
All the above recommendations are supplements or products that I have personally used and can attest to how well they work for me. Everyone’s body is different though so always consult a doctor before taking anything especially if you have any pre-existing conditions or are on medications.
Thanks for reading my reviews. If you have any questions please leave a comment below.