Liz loves supplements
It’s so important to look after our health and make sure we’re doing all we can to keep our immune system strong. Here, Liz shares some of her favourite supplements that help to keep her fit, healthy and ready to tackle the day.
Supplements that Liz loves
Start your day with a morning shake that’s full of nutrients. These are the powders that Liz loves to use:
- Garden of Life Raw Protein and Greens – this powder is made from organic sprouted brown rice, organic pea and chia, plus a blend of nutrient-rich greens. This includes organic spinach, kale, broccoli and alfalfa juice. Containing 20 grams of protein, and 0 grams sugar, packed with 1.5 Billion live probiotics and 12 enzymes.
- Amazing Grass Green Superfood – this combines alkalizing farm fresh greens and wholesome fruits and veggies with nutrient-rich superfoods.
Life Armour is a brand that creates products from natural ingredients to promote wellbeing. The company puts an emphasis on the need for calm, with its products providing a protective effect from the stresses of everyday life.
Life Armour’s intelligent blends adapt according to your body’s needs to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety. Each product is made with 100% natural ingredients that work in harmony with your body to restore vitality and health. Liz finds that the Life Armour products make a real difference. From helping to ease tension and reducing stress to promoting a good night’s sleep.
Studies are increasingly showing that high doses of Vitamin C are very effective in fighting off viruses. Recently, Liz has been taking 6-8 grams of sodium ascorbate vitamin C daily, spreading this dose throughout the day. Sodium ascorbate vitamin C is water soluble, so excess doesn’t get stored in the body. Any excess that the body isn’t actively using will have a laxative effect.
Liz has given her children elderberry extract or an elderberry supplement for decades now, since first exploring its antiviral properties back in the 1980s.
Thyme extract is also a helpful herb for supporting the upper respiratory tract. Liz’s whole family enjoys a couple of spoonfuls of both elderberry syrup and thyme extract every morning as a bug-busting regime.
Another botanical worth addiing into your daily regime is olive leaf extract. Used for centuries to help support a healthy immune system, this natural elixir is packed with potent polyphenols from oleuropein, a highly effective free-radical scavenger. As well as supporting the immune system, studies suggest that olive leaf extract may be helpful for heart health. It also helps to regulate blood sugars.
Liz loves the Comvita range of olive leaf extracts, made from fresh leaves.
Lab research shows that zinc can stop some viruses from multiplying. It may also help shorten the duration of a common cold. Given the immune-supporting properties of zinc, it seems sensible to ensure we have plenty in our daily diet. These are the chewable tablets or lozenges Liz has with her at the moment.
Natural sources of zinc include red meat, chicken, baked beans, chickpeas and nuts (such as cashews and almonds).
Vitamin D plays an important role in modulating our innate and adaptive immune responses. Not getting enough increases our susceptibility to infection. Liz prefers the liquid form that’s sprayed into the mouth or dropped under the tongue for faster absorption.
This vitamin is another super useful antioxidant nutrient. It works to support and enhance the efficiency of vitamin D and also helps support the immune system by protecting macrophages (white blood cells). Liz takes a Vitamin D formula that also includes K2.
The Omega-3 group of essential fatty acids support brain health and cognitive function, along with a role in supporting our immune system. The long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids may help to boost the immune system by enhancing the function of our immune cells, especially DHA, and by having an anti-inflammatory effect. Try taking daily supplement each morning.