Nutrients

This is what I’m doing to improve my immune system and my brain health.

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weekly routine_350I thought I would give you a little insight into what my current routine is. I stress current as I am also learning all the time. I am often trialling different products for a few days, weeks or months. I’m also learning and expanding my knowledge base as well which often means I will change what I’m doing. So because of my own personal goals and where I feel I need to work on I’ve created a routine that’s easy to follow.

Every morning

  • AM Nutreince
  • 5ml Upgraded Glutathione Force
  • Bulletproof Coffee – 2 tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil

Monday – Friday mornings

  • 3x tablets CILTEP
  • 2x 500mg tablets Aniracetam
  • 2x tablets choline

Monday – Friday Afternoon & Evenings

  • 3x MagTech

Every evening

  • PM Nutreince
  • Upgraded Collagen Protein

I’ve been following this current routine since mid-January. During this time I sampled some Omega 3 tablets and I took these the same time as Aniracetam.

So why am I taking these particular supplements?

Nutreince is a multi-vitamin which has been specially formulated for maximum absorption. For some the jury is out on whether taking vitamins is a good thing or a waste of time. You could spend a lot of time, money and energy testing to see what you are deficient in and then tailor your supplementation accordingly. Or you can take a good multi-vitamin which will top up anything you are deficient in and any excess will just pass through your system and not be stored. Your body has different needs at different times and if your reserves are all topped up then you have the nutrients available when needed. For instance you may not use up that much vitamin c every day but if your immune system is under attack by a virus then having maximum levels of vitamin c in your body will mean you have it when needed. And if your body uses up its reserves, that’s fine because you’ll be topping them up the next day. Taking vitamins should not be a substitute for a good diet but instead  they should compliment your diet as you cannot guarantee the levels of vitamins and nutrients that are in your food. Think of it as covering all your bases.

Upgraded Glutathione – I’m taking this for a similar reason for taking Nutreince. Glutathione is a master antioxidant and is found in every cell in our bodies. It helps the liver remove chemicals that are foreign to the body. It’s said that if you have a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables and good quality meat then you should be producing enough levels, however my aim is to have my glutathione levels at maximum so that when my body is subject to ‘foreign’ chemicals, pollutants and health damaging toxins I want my liver to have all the glutathione it needs.

Both Nutreince and Upgraded Glutathione boost my immune system.

Bulletproof Coffee – I drink this because I really like the taste. At first I started drinking it because I was curious about how it would taste with butter and MCT oil but now I actually just drink this as a straight coffee. I really don’t like other coffee anymore. Bulletproof coffee makes me feel great. I don’t get any coffee crash, I don’t get coffee breath. I can really tell the difference to this and other coffee. So much so, that I now take it traveling with me.

Brain Octane Oil – I took this in my coffee for months but at the moment I’m not having butter and brain octane oil in my coffee. Instead I just take it straight on a table spoon. It gives me a real energy boost in the mornings. I’ve got used to the taste and texture. Let’s face it is oil. I’ll also take this later on in the day if I have to go out in the evening. Just gives me mental clarity and helps clear out afternoon brain fog.

CILTEP & Aniracetam – I totally love taking these at the moment. My 9-5 job is accounts based and I’m often working on spreadsheets and analysing lots of data. My evenings have been spent learning and researching subjects that I have no previous knowledge about. I’ve been learning about social media, facebook, google adwords, twitter, joomla alongside brain health, nutrition, functional medicine & exercise ( and learning about Gangsta Granny and Ratburger). To be honest my thirst for knowledge is extremely high and a lot of this is magnified by the CILTEP. It works on the dopamine metabolism making it more effective and triggers the motivation, learning and memory processes. Aniracetam also works on focus, concentration and attention; it seems to promote the growth of new neurons. My memory recall has noticeably improved and the effect seems to be long term.

Choline – this is to boost the acetylcholine levels in my brain as Aniracetam depletes it (I’m guessing because its getting used up)

MagTech – this is a new product for me that I have only been taking it for a week so far. It’s also from Natural Stacks. Because I was stocking this product I did some research into magnesium and the importance of it in our systems. I love the fact magnesium helps with brain function and it seemed like the perfect match to take alongside CILTEP and Aniracetam. I’ve been researching sleep and how to improve the quality of my sleep so taking MagTech is killing two birds with one stone so to speak. Giving me enhanced cognition and increased memory alongside relaxation and improved quality of sleep.

Upgraded Collagen – I’m taking this to help my muscles repair after exercise. I’m currently doing Metafit and kettle bells each week. Metafit because it’s a high intensity workout and kettle bells because of the resistance training.

My goal here was to give you inspiration to start researching and improving your own self. At 42 I do not plan on getting my slippers out and settling down to middle age. I truly believe that we can improve our bodies and mind. The research into how our bodies work is truly exciting. The key though is education. There really are no excuses in this day and age with access to the wealth of free knowledge out there. Take it one step at a time and don’t get overwhelmed with the task. Start off simply by improving your diet and increasing your exercise. This will boost your energy levels and give you the motivation to continue.

Feel free to get in contact if you have any questions.

Sadie x

How to get vitamins into your kids?

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Both my husband and I take supplements. I don’t believe that taking them should replace a good diet but I definitely believe that taking them helps stop

the gaps and supports all of our bodies systems. The challenge though is how to ensure that my kids are getting all the nutrients they need. I have 2 boys 8 & 6 and they both like different foods. One loves meat and fruit and the other likes more veg than meat and no fruit! So neither is getting the right balance. As much as possible we are always working on expanding their food choices, we’ve tried every incentive going. Star points, pocket money, counting veg. 

Watching Bear Grylls on the Discovery channel worked great for a while and the boys loved getting whole fish on their plates, and checking out what was inside their heads! It was easier to get them to eat a fish eye than it was cauliflower.

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Jelly Nutreince AM & PM

One of the exciting products I’ve found recently is Nutreince. This is now my no.1 favourite multi vitamin. Before I found this I was taking lots and lots of different supplements and to be honest I found it totally overwhelming the amount of choice out there and also the worry about how they all interacted with each other. But what’s really good about Nutreince is that its in powder form and is suitable for ages 4+. So for the last few days I’ve been experimenting with Jelly. Both my kids love jelly and initial response to these is 50/50 which is actually very good. Day one I could only get one of them to try it but day 2 both have. They don’t love it yet but they also don’t hate it. With a little encouragement (pocket money bribery and guilt discussions about how we’re just trying to make sure they are healthy!) oh and the saying that after 10 times they will like it – I reckon I’m onto a winner

Are you missing something? Magnesium!

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Magnesium is found and used everywhere in our bodies – bones, hair, nails, blood and every organ. Magnesium (Mg) is a cofactor in more than 300 brussel_sprout_man enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in our body, it’s also required for energy production within our cells.

As magnesium is vital to our whole wellbeing a deficiency in magnesium levels has been shown to either cause or trigger many conditions including

Asthma  – many drugs used in the treatment of asthma cause a loss of magnesium. Both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency.

Blood Clots – Mg works by preventing blood clots and keeping the blood thin

Depression – Serotonin is dependent on Magnesium levels

Diabetes – Magnesium facilitates sugar metabolism. A lack of Mg means insulin is not able to transfer glucose into cells which can cause a build-up in the blood causing tissue damage

Heart disease – It’s common in people with heart disease to have low magnesium levels. The heart requires magnesium to help maintain a normal heart rhythm

Insomnia – Magnesium is vital for the function of GABA receptors in our brain and nervous systems. GABA is a neurotransmitter that helps calm the mind, and without it we can remain tense, with racing minds because our brain doesn’t switch off. Even marginal magnesium deficiency can prevent the brain from settling down at night.

Migraine – Magnesium deficiencies allows serotonin to flow unchecked. Serotonin increase causes vascular spasms, which then reduces blood flow and oxygen to the brain.

Fibrositis, fibromyalgia & muscle spasms – Magnesium is stored in the tissues and a deficiency can cause leg cramps, foot pain & muscle twitches. This is due to an imbalance of the ratio of calcium to magnesium, as calcium controls contraction, while magnesium controls relaxation.

Historically we have been able to top up our magnesium levels through our diet. Foods that are rich in magnesium are dark leafy greens such as spinach, nuts & seeds, fish such as Mackerel, beans & lentils, Avocados, Bananas, berries like strawberries & blackberries & dark chocolate. However intensive farming techniques are depleting the magnesium and other essential nutrients in our soil. The increase in fast food/processed food over the last 30 years means that we now have people who have consumed this food their whole lives and are nutrient poor. Magnesium can also get depleted from certain health conditions including chronic alcoholism and the use of certain medications. People that suffer from gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s and gluten sensitivity can deplete their magnesium levels overtime due to malabsorption.  As we age we tend to have less magnesium that younger adults as magnesium absorption from the gut decreases.

Ideally magnesium should come from nutrient dense food, but as we now cannot guarantee we are getting the right amount of levels of Mg from our food a good supplement can help stop the gaps. When choosing a supplement to take you need to take into account the type of Magnesium and how well its absorbed.

Below is a list of the different types (source mercol.com)

Magnesium glycinate is a chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability and is typically considered ideal for those who are trying to correct a deficiency

Magnesium taurate contains a combination of magnesium and taurine, an amino acid. Together, they tend to provide a calming effect on your body untitledand mind

Magnesium threonate is a newer, emerging type of magnesium supplement that appears promising, primarily due to its superior ability to penetrate the mitochondrial membrane, and may be the best magnesium supplement on the market

Magnesium chloride / Magnesium lactate contain only 12 percent magnesium, but has better absorption than others, such as magnesium oxide, which contains five times more magnesium

Magnesium carbonate, which has antacid properties, contains 45 percent magnesium

Magnesium oxide is a non-chelated type of magnesium, bound to an organic acid or a fatty acid. Contains 60 percent magnesium, and has stool softening properties

Magnesium sulfate / Magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) are typically used as a laxative. Be aware that it’s easy to overdose on these, so ONLY take as directed

Further reading

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/#h8

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/minerals/magnesium/

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/magnesium

Nutreince – Multi Vitamin re-invented

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What’s brilliant about Nutreince is that its a multivitamin that really does deliver what it sets out to do. Before taking Nutreince I was taking upwards of 30 tablets a day. It makes it easy for me as I don’t have to worry about combining my vitamins. This is exactly what I was looking for. Its easy and quick, and its brilliant value for money. I love this product and I’m really happy that I will be able to offer this out to all my customers on Enhanced Nation. I’ve been using Nutreince natural since September 2013. below is a link to a brilliant podcast from Bulletproof Radio where Dave Asprey interviews both Jayson & Mira Calton.

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