We have partnered with Allison Madigan (well&tight certified trainer and Holistic Nutritionist) to do a 5 part series on supplements. There is so much clutter in the health food aisle/stores and it can be very overwhelming to understand what your body needs. Each part of the series aligns with the 5 pillars of Vitality5 offered at well&tight: Nutrition, Movement, Sleep, Resilience and Connection.
Part 5 – CONNECTION:
Connection is the 5th pillar of our vitality philosophy, and a really important one. Connection with ourselves, others, and our community are key to our health and wellbeing. Feeling that we have a sense of purpose and are contributing to the world is important for our happiness and longevity.
Our purpose it to provide a warm and welcoming community so you can connect with likeminded women and deepen your relationships through workouts, workshops and time together.
When it comes to longevity there are ways we can support our bodies so we can feel connected and active for as long as possible. Here are the supplements Allison recommends to help keep our brains healthy, with high energy and memory so we can stay connected.
Collagen is the vital building block of our bodies including skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. Our bodies cannot synthesize enough collagen on their own and our diets today contain minimal collagen.
Seventy percent of our skin is made from collagen. Within the skin, collagen is the main component of the dermis: the layer that gives our skin elasticity and flexibility. Beginning at age 21, our body’s production of new collagen begins to decline and existing collagen begins to break down. By the time we are around 60 years old, we have half as much collagen as we did at the age of twenty-one. Less collagen leads to wrinkles, sagging skin and weakened joints. Certain lifestyle choices also interfere with collagen production as well, including consumption of excess sugar, alcohol, sun exposure and smoking.
Collagen helps restore the skin’s moisture, improving the elasticity, tone and vibrancy.
Brand I recommend: Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Although our stomach should contain plenty of acid to do its job effectively, a slight alkaline environment is optimal everywhere else to allow the body’s metabolic, enzymatic, immunologic and repair mechanisms to function at their best. The most common form of pH imbalance outside the stomach is excess acidity. This is prevalent today because of poor diet, insufficient exercise and chronic stress – all can lead to excess acid. High protein foods, processed cereals and flours, sugar, coffee, tea and alcohol are all acidifying.
When our bodies become acidic, minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium may be stolen from our vital organs and bones to combat or buffer the acid. If these mineral losses and metabolic abnormalities continue, we increase risk for a number of conditions including:
- Chronic inflammation
- Premature aging
- Joint pain
- Low energy
- High blood pressure
Green foods help us maintain an alkaline environment.
Recommendation – Greens+ nourishing superfoods
Not a supplement, but very important. It has been proven that our relationships, and how happy we are in them, have a powerful impact on our health. The quality of our connection with others directly affects our wellbeing.
Several studies found that people’s level of satisfaction with their relationships at age 50 was a better predictor of physical health than their cholesterol levels were. The people who were the most satisfied in their relationships at age 50, were the healthiest at age 80.
The Harvard Longevity research which is a 75 year study, shows that the biggest predictor of your happiness and fulfillment overall in life is love.
Specifically, the study demonstrates that having someone to rely on helps your nervous system relax, helps your brain stay healthier for longer, and reduces both emotional as well as physical pain.
The research indicates that it is not the number of friends you have, or whether you are in a committed relationship or not, it is the quality of the close relationships you do have that matter. It is about how much vulnerability and depth exists in them, if you share openly within them and the extent to which you can relax and truly be each other.
The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is that good relationships keep us happier and healthier.
Make Eye Contact - When you make eye contact and choose to be completely present with other people, it cultivates a level of trust and safety.
Listen - Pay attention to how you listen to others. Are you really listening to what they are saying? Are you pondering your response while they are still talking? Do you finish sentences for them? Do you interrupt with your own experience? When you can listen from your heart rather than your head, you’re able to be present while someone else shares.
Get curious about others - Ask people about their lives, their families, their hobbies, and goals. Then, really listen to what they have to say. Giving your full attention to the person you’re with will enhance your connection.
Schedule quality time– We are always busy running around and juggling work, kids and life. We need time for quality time with others. Schedule in time with friends, a date night with your partner or time for yourself. Making time to connect with others will change the quality of your relationships.
Bio: Allison is a holistic nutritionist. After 15 years in the marketing industry she decided to head back to school and follow her passion. She has a strong belief in the power of food and proper nutrition to keep us in optimal health and prevent disease. Her mission is to empower people to make healthy and mindful decisions for themselves to achieve optimal health and wellness without it being difficult. She works with clients to formulate a plan that works for them. Allison does not believe in diets, rather a healthy lifestyle. Her three pillars are Holistic. Healthy. Mindful. To find out more visit her website.
If you would like to have a personalized approach to the supplements that might work for you, or any other nutritional support please use the code WELLTIGHT25 to receive 25% off any of Allison’s services. Visit her website and enter the code WELLTIGHT25 at checkout.