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Everyday vitamins and nutrients for you and the whole family

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When looking after your and your family’s health, diet takes top priority. A healthy, balanced diet supports a stronger immune system, healthy blood pressure and cholesterol and a healthy heart. 

It’s important to include lots of fresh fruit and veggies, lean protein and fibre in your diet, and to minimise the amount of sugar, salt and processed foods consumed. Water is the number one healthiest drink to consume, followed by herbal teas, while sugary fizzy drinks and excess caffeine is best avoided. 

Even when we follow a balanced diet, it is still possible that our bodies are not getting all the nutrients we need to function at our best. This may be due to dietary restrictions (for example, a vegetarian or vegan might not always get enough iron) or the fact that some nutrients are not present in a big variety of foods.

Then there’s also the factor of food quality. Because of modern farming practices, the foods we eat today do not have the same nutrient density as the foods our grandparents ate. 

This is where the importance of supplementation comes in. Good quality supplements support a healthy diet by filling in the gaps and ensuring you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, in the correct amounts. 

Supplements are not a “fix” for a bad diet – you can’t eat lots of unhealthy foods and take supplements to make up for it. Rather, they’re a complement to a balanced diet which may lack a few nutrients due to the various factors involved.  

When selecting supplementation products for you and your family it is important to choose products that don’t contain added sugar or unnecessary fillers. Choose a brand with a trusted reputation, that uses good quality raw ingredients and as many natural ingredients as possible.

The type of nutrients you decide to supplement with is entirely up to each member of your family’s individual health concerns. Adults have a lot more health concerns than children do, and especially in older adults, it’s important to supplement according to individual health concerns.

All adults will benefit from taking a multi-nutrient product (to build immunity and support general health) and a probiotic to ensure gut health and absorption of nutrients. 

NutriPure Multi-Vitamin Complete (R145.00) is packed with 12 essential vitamins and minerals: Vitamin D, B6, B12, C, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid and Niacin help to metabolise carbohydrates, fats, and proteins and are factors in the maintenance of good health. 

I If you struggle with stress and anxiety, a supplement filled with stress-fighting nutrients like JSHealth Mild Anxiety + Stress Tablets (R649.00), which contains a special combination of rejuvenating adaptogens, herbs, antioxidants, and vitamins, may help reduce your symptoms and support your immune system. 

If you have skin concerns, you could supplement with JSHealth Skin + Digestion Formula (R649.00) to help heal and prevent breakouts, or with JSHealth Vitality X + Collagen (R999.00) if you’re concerned about the visible signs of aging like loss of elasticity and skin sagging. 

Did you know that herbal teas can also be taken daily to help improve health conditions? Not only are they an excellent source of hydration (to replace sugary or caffeine-filled alternatives) but they contain natural ingredients with a variety of health benefits.

SELA teas are filled with the very best in African Traditional Herbs that have been used for many generations to help boost health and relieve the symptoms of many illnesses. Sela products are suitable for everyone from the age of 12 years old and older. The range contains a natural, affordable and effective solution for everything from sleeplessness (SELA Sleep Tea, R49.99, has calming and relaxing properties to promote restful sleep), to healthy and strong immune system (SELA Health Tea, R49.99, is formulated to support a stronger immune system and general health) to sexual health (SELA Strong Man Tea, R84.99, supports healthy male sexual function). 

Because children are growing, they need a lot of vitamins and minerals to ensure healthy bone development. Children are also prone to getting sick, so it’s essential to strengthen their immunity.

A multivitamin is the first place to start. This should cover all the major vitamin and mineral requirements that children need. NutriPure Kids Multi Vitamin (R120.00) is a complete health supplement containing 11 essential vitamins and minerals including, among others, vitamins B6, B12, C and D. Formulated into a soft and chewy treat, it is free from added sugar and is made from natural ingredients.

In addition to a multivitamin, it’s also important to improve your child’s gut health with a good quality probiotic. NutriPure Kids Probiotics (R170.00) is formulated with Bifidobacterium infantis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus, two scientifically tested bacteria strains. Each NutriPure bear contains 1 billion live cultures to help your child boost their daily culture intake.

Remember, you’ll get the most out of your supplements when they form part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and enough sleep and rest.

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