Sometimes, no matter what I eat or how much I look after my body, I need that little extra to help me along the way. A little energy boost, a smooth glow to the skin or even a helping hand to smash that cold or sickness bug out of the park.
So, if you ever find yourselves asking, "which vitamins should I take? What supplements do I need?" then bookmark this handy guide - these are the ones that really work.
What are your magic tricks?
My miracle of miracles, when I drink up my Collagen Shots before bed, I really notice a boost to my skin. Containing 100% marine collagen, these shots work from the inside and out. In fact, when I stop taking them, my skin genuinely appears more lacklustre and less...well...youthful. I like to think of Collagen Shots as my ultimate anti-ageing tonic as they plump up my skin, smooth out fine lines and fill out my cheeks, adding a wonderful, radiant glow (you can read my full review here).
Kathryn - the genius behind Rejuvenated, who produce Collagen Shots - has also unleashed a new anti-ageing weapon, the brilliant H30 Hydration. We all know that keeping our skin well hydrated is the key to looking beautiful, and this product gives more than a helping hand. H30 comes in a delicious, fruity flavoured powder which you stir into water to help boost you up with all the minerals and ions essential to create healthy hydrated cells. It also supports your body in transferring waste products out of cells and in boosting your energy levels - kind of a miracle worker, right?
WHEATGRASS, ORGANIC BURSTI am a bit of a Wheatgrass addict and seriously can notice the difference when I've not been drinking up my shots. Renowned for centuries due to its incredible detoxifying properties, wheatgrass is extremely nutrient-rich and is an all-round health wonder.
I LOVE this version by Organic Burst as it helps me to keep feeling amazing and bouncy throughout the day, no matter how much (or, usually, how little) sleep I've been getting. Since Wheatgrass helps to eliminate toxins from the body and is high in dietary fibre, it's also brilliant at leaving you with that much-wanted flat tummy - yes, no bloating, ladies! Finally, Wheatgrass is high in Vitamins A and E, meaning it's fantastic for healthy hair and skin, AND it boosts the immune system. What more could you want?
CHLORELLA, ORGANIC BURST
Yet another working miracle from Organic Burst is their Chlorella, which I can't begin to recommend enough. You see, way way way back in January, I was struck down by a nasty cold. Probably due to my insomnia and being pregnant, I just couldn't shake it...I was miserable for WEEKS. Yet as soon as I started taking these capsules, my lingering cold started to lift. I could actually breathe properly again!
So, how does it work? Well, Chlorella contains more chlorophyll per gram than any other plant on this planet. It's rich in Vitamin D (and, let's face it, how many of us are lacking in that at the moment, thanks to this lovely British weather?), Vitamin K, selenium, folic acid, iodine, iron and Vitamin B12. With all this combined, Chlorella can help to form new cells in the body, boost the immune system, support liver function, maintain digestive health, and even give us a radiant glow. How amazing is that?
MACA, BY NATURYA
Oh, how I love Maca powder! I stir it into so many things now, including this amazing Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate, and my homemade protein bars. Used forever (well, a couple of thousand years, anyway) in ancient Peru, this powerful little root is packed with calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, silica and zinc, which is perhaps why the Inca warriors took it before battle to boost their strength and endurance.
Try stirring maca into your morning porridge for an instant energy boost, to stabilise hormone levels (this makes it brilliant if you suffer from PMS) and to support healthy bones and teeth. Heck, it will even spice up your love life!
UDO'S CHOICE ULTIMATE OIL BLEND
Beloved by many, many celebs, this Ultimate Oil is packed with amazing ingredients. I mean, the ingredients alone read like a health food shop - just take your pick from Flax Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Coconut Oil to name a few.
The potent combination of oils means this genius blend will give your body all the essential fatty acids (including Omega 3, Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) and Omega 6, Linoleic Acid) it could ever hope to need. This nifty oil has a slightly nutty taste and mixes brilliantly into porridge or other foods and drink. Take it and enjoy an amazing, unrivalled boost to both mind and body.
OK, so this isn't a supplement as such, but I consider my morning dose of Lucy Bee Coconut Oil one of the best things I do for my body ALL day. In fact, I love it so much that I wrote an entire guide on its benefits which you can read by clicking here.
Coconut Oil is fantastic for so many reasons, and it's easy to add to your diet - I simply stir mine into my morning coffee and add to my breakfast for an instant energy boost. It can also prevent heart disease, aid weight loss (yup, ignore the people telling you it's full of fat - it's good for you!), boost digestion AND build immunity. It's also fantastic for the skin and hair...add this to your diet if you want a true superfood hit.
As you all know, I suffer from terrible insomnia. Some days, it's completely crippling, others it's slightly more manageable. However, one thing I have come to learn is that magnesium is key to helping your body enjoy a healthy sleep cycle. Why is this? Well, it supports muscle relaxation, energy production and - perhaps key to a good night's shut eye - it deactivates adrenaline. If you do struggle to sleep or stay asleep, then consider taking a magnesium supplement before bedtime - it genuinely helps!
If you're looking for a flatter tum and better digestive health (and, really, who isn't?), then ditch the sugar-laden probiotic drinks you find in the supermarkets and, instead, try Optibac probiotics. Containing a blend of pro and prebiotics, this powdered supplement will help to aid your body's digestive system, meaning a flatter tum (and that bikini body, HURRAH!) will be yours. Optibac is brilliant at restoring good bacteria in your body, resulting in healthy digestion and good intestinal passage.
ACAI BERRY, MY VITAMINS
We've all heard about the wonders of the Acai Berry, which has long been heralded as one of those natural (and ancient) super foods. The acai is an Amazonian berry which is loaded with anti-oxidants (up to eight times more than blueberries, in fact!) which help to slow down the ageing process and protect cells from free radical damage. Once I started taking acai berry, I noticed that my skin appeared softer and more nourished. It's even thought it can regulate the body's cholesterol levels!
ORGANIC VITAMIN D, VIRIDIAN
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient which will help to support the immune system and healthy teeth and bones. It may even help with Depression, heart disease and general wellbeing - and when you put it like that, why wouldn't you be taking it?