Four herbal trends for 2018


New year, new you, blah blah blah!

The thing is, every year I tell myself THIS will be the year I hit the gym. And every year I don’t. So this year I’ve decided to focus on wellbeing from the inside out.

A few herbal remedies and supplements I’ve discovered for 2018 are listed below. Some are old, some are new, but each of them brings a powerful punch for a wellbeing workout! See what you think….

  1. Green tea

If you haven’t read the benefits of green tea, girlfriend, you’ve been missing out! It’s great for digestion, even better for weight loss and is widely considered a cornerstone in herbal tea. I came across this interesting video sharing some of the many other benefits it brings.

2. Hemp Protein Powder

One of the great benefits of hemp, mostly consumed in hemp protein powder, is that it is balanced with essential fatty acids and dietary fibre. It’s easy to digest and gentle on your stomach, as such, it can help support a healthy colon. Diets rich in fibre can help lower the risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, as well as other benefits.

A study carried out in 2008 using a controlled group of mice in ‘Wei Sheng Yan Jui’ suggested a link between hemp seed protein and anti-fatigue as well as immune enhancing benefits. Great if you’re a battered, exhausted parent like me!

3. Vitamins A,C,E

It’s easy to remember, hence I like using it! Vitamins A, C and E are among some of the essential daily vitamins we should aim to get in eating.

Vegetables such as carrots, kale and sweet potato are extremely rich in these vitamins. So are cantaloupe and apricots, two of my favs!

4. CLA Supplement

My friend India is a super gym bunny putting me to shame. She often uses CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) supplements to help her burn fat during workouts. It is supposed to help speed up your metabolism and thus help with weight maintenance.

While I’m not quite convinced, research indicates that CLA is a natural fatty acid found in food and drink including milk and cheese, beef and lamb. As such, it’s probably not one for veggies and vegans.

Please note – I am not a medical expert. As such this is not advice, just a personal view and any supplements, vitamins or weight-loss aids should be discussed with a professional caregiver in advance. Supplements should not be a substitute for well balanced diet.

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