By Sophia Pardo
With flu season approaching, it becomes increasingly important to prioritize your health. Since college is the first time many of us live alone, it is an ideal time to begin incorporating wellness habits into our daily routine. One easy health habit I picked up since coming to school is adding supplements to my morning routine. This change was inspired by an online article by Sal Khan, published by supplement brand Cymbiotika, where he states:
“Consistently taking supplements ensures that your body receives a continuous supply of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. These nutrients are vital for proper bodily function and can help prevent deficiencies that might lead to health issues in the future” (Khan).
Supplements boost our immune system, support overall well-being, and fill the nutrient gaps, which can otherwise be challenging for college students due to a number of factors such as, demanding academic and social life along with limited access to nutrient-rich resources we may have once had more accessibility to at home.
Admittedly, I consider myself supplement-obsessed and a little bit of a snob about practices that enhance my healthy lifestyle. Growing up in a holistic environment, with my mother practicing functional medicine, helped me discover a few go-to supplements that have become non-negotiable additions to my daily routine. Let’s be real, juggling multiple different bottles of supplements and following every various protocol that comes with each can be overwhelming. So, here are my suggestions for go-to supplements to help you embark on your wellness journey:
Every morning, I take the Seed probiotic on an empty stomach and have noticed such a change in my gut health, which is the root of your immune health, nervous system and so much more, making it a must in my routine. For me, a probiotic is perhaps the most important supplement in my routine.
Alongside the probiotic, I take NAC every morning on an empty stomach. NAC promotes the production of key antioxidants, including glutathione, which plays a vital role in supporting the body’s immune system, brain health, and cell reproduction. I have also heard that NAC is great for people with asthma, as it helps clear the lungs.
Vitamin D with K2
I prefer taking Vitamin D with K2 in the morning with a healthy fat. I take this supplement after my breakfast, which typically consists of avocado toast or some sort of Greek yogurt parfait which are both rich in healthy fats. Vitamin D with K2 promotes immune health, aids bone health by assisting calcium production, and supports cardiovascular health. I recommend trying Cymbiotika’s syrup, known for its tangy citrus flavor.
Investing in a high-quality multivitamin is a must, and I’m a huge fan of the Ritual women’s multivitamin. They also offer a men’s version, which has received so many positive reviews. One of the many advantages of a quality multivitamin is its all-in-one nature. For example, the Ritual version contains folate, omega-3, vitamins B, D, K, and E, iron, magnesium, and boron all in one capsule.
Magnesium Threonate or Magnesium Glycinate
I like to take Magnesium twenty minutes before bed and find that it helps me unwind after a long day. I personally use the Magnesium offered by Cymbiotika, which comes in a pouch and has a gel-like consistency. There are slight differences between Magnesium Threonate and Glycinate, so it is important to research before determining which form best suits your health needs.
Vitamin B Complex
My last essential supplement is the Cymbiotika B12 syrup, which I tend to take mid-day and find it gives me nice energy boost. Vitamin B helps keep your body’s blood and nerve cells healthy, while also supporting DNA production.
By implementing a consistent, daily supplement routine, I have noticed a number of benefits including: energy production, clearer and more even-toned skin, less bloating and a better functioning immune system. There’s no doubt that beginning a supplement journey can be overwhelming. However, by narrowing it down to these six supplements, you’ll feel your best, and trust me your body will thank you in the long run. Good luck!
Photo Credit: Maya Basra
Note: It’s important to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new supplementation regimen to ensure proper dosage and suitability for individual needs. Everyone is different, therefore results may vary.