Posted on by Village Green Nutrition Team
Being a parent of even one child keeps you on your toes; add another one or two and your day is full without a moment to spare. Days like these make it hard to take care of yourself, but doing so is just as important as caring for your children.
Parents typically put themselves last, if they think of themselves at all. You can’t be at 100% if your energy, health and mental state are depleted, though! Think of time spent on yourself as an investment in your well-being, which can also help you be a better parent. Taking nutritional supplements can also help address some of the common issues many parents face – fatigue, anxiety, stress, sleep issues and possible nutrient deficiencies, among others.
Here are some supplements that can help support a busy parent’s lifestyle.
Supplements for Busy Parents
Many parents have a lot to juggle between their work and caring for their families. The stresses of parenting are high, and you can go through a lot in a day. That might mean your energy is depleted, you look tired, and you can’t remember the last time you had a moment to yourself by the time your head hits the pillow. You might fall asleep without trouble, if you’re lucky, or you might toss and turn or wake up every few hours.
You’re not alone if this sounds like you, and this is where supplements may help. Here are a few nutritional supplements that might assist with managing some of the issues that busy parents face.
Multivitamin formulas provide important nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and cofactors that might be missing in your diet or are being depleted as a result of stress, medication or other reasons. Taking a high-quality multivitamin can help fill in the gaps.
2. Adrenal Support
Stress can weaken your health by demanding excess work by the endocrine, nervous and immune systems. Taking nutrients that help the body to adapt to stressful challenges may help restore energy and vitality. Taking key herbs along with select vitamins and amino acids can help to support the body’s stress response.
This mineral is critical for many functions in the body, such as maintaining blood sugar balance, promoting heart health, as well as nerve and muscle functions. Magnesium is also calming and works well as a natural sleep aid.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are important for whole-body health, and especially helpful for brain, nervous system, cardiovascular and immune health. These healthy fats also support cognitive function and have anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help destroy free radicals that cause aging and fatigue. This important vitamin is also a fantastic immune booster that is critical in fighting off infections. The last thing a busy parent needs is a pesky cold, or worse yet, the flu.
6. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D plays a key role in helping to maintain bone density and bone strength. It also supports cardiovascular health, mental health, skin health, as well as immune system health. Even though the human body can manufacture vitamin D under ideal circumstances, much of the American population suffers from a vitamin D deficiency.
Pregnancy, hormonal changes, antibiotics, dietary choices and stress all affect your digestive tract. Trillions of microbacteria live in your gut, and when there’s an imbalance, you can experience bloating, gassiness, cramping and constipation. Probiotic supplements help keep your digestive tract healthy and functioning well.
8. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 helps your body make energy and plays a part in creating DNA. It helps keep blood and nervous system functions healthy, fights anemia, and heads off fatigue. Supplemental B12 is especially important for vegetarians and vegans, who may not get enough through their diet.
Melatonin can be very helpful for sleep-deprived parents. It can help balance the body’s natural melatonin levels to make it easier to get a good night’s sleep. There are other health benefits to melatonin as well, including supporting the immune system.
Busy parents can’t afford to be operating at less than peak, and nutritional supplements are a great way to get some good support. Staying healthy in mind, body, and spirit is the best way to take care of yourself and your children.
A Knowledgeable Team to Help With Supplement Choices
Village Green is a nutritional and wellness supplement store that provides personalized health plans. Our store is staffed by pharmacists, nutritionists, naturopathic doctors and clinical herbalists who help customers find the best supplementation and dosage that is right for each person. Contact Village Green Apothecary to speak with an expert regarding questions about nutritional supplements.
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