Remember when simply drinking water or a smoothie was all you needed to feel healthy? But now with all the nutritious supplements, it almost feels like you’re not doing enough by drinking plain water or a simple fruit smoothie. And for good reason, honestly. You can get incredible benefits from adding a small scoop of [enter natural supplement here] to water, smoothies, tea, whatever.
Since there are so many options out there—and really weird names—I wanted to breakdown a handful of my favorite options. Also, since you do need to research when buying products, I’ve linked to a legit option for each. These are natural supplement staples (and super foods) in my pantry that I grab when I need a boost…so everyday:
Spirulina: A natural algae powder. Sounds gross, but it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, so you gotta suck it up. For example, it has a ton of iron and protein (especially great if you’re a vegetarian and aren’t getting any from meat), calcium (26x more than milk), vitamins that help with energy and digestion, and antioxidants. It also contains chlorophyll which is wonderful for immunity and helps rid toxins in the bloodstream.
Cacao: A little scoop of raw organic cacao into a banana + almond butter smoothie is heaven. Plus, this pure form of chocolate is crazy good for you. It’s actually one of the highest sources of magnesium of ANY food. Pretty crazy! It’s also full of calcium, iron, antioxidants, and is a natural mood boost. Perfect for grumpy Monday mornings.
Maca: This is actually a root but it doesn’t taste like one. I started using this “super food” to help balance hormones—great for PMS too, then learned it’s also amazing at upping energy levels, promoting your sex drive (you’re welcome, husbands everywhere), and improving memory. The list is long, but it has a good amount of: amino acids, good-for-you healthy fat, vitamins, potassium, zinc, etc.
Acai: Obviously made famous by acai bowls, but those can have a ton of sugar. If I’m trying to watch my sugar intake, acai powder is the perfect compromise. Acai in general helps to lower cholesterol, makes our cells stronger, is amazing for radiant and clear skin, helps with digestion because of the fiber, and has soooo many antioxidants. A beauty girl’s dream addition to her water!
What natural supplements do I need to try next?