Nourish - Stress, Colds and Joint Pain with Viridian Nutrition
Viridian is a firm favourite here at Nourish. A UK-based family company, they produce a range of pure, ethical and environmentally friendly supplements to support and improve health naturally.
With 20% off the entire Viridian range this month (August 2019), we thought we’d share a little more about this brilliant brand.
Their ingredients are ethically sourced, guaranteed non-GM and non-irradiated. They have 100% active ingredients and no nasty additives, sugars, colourings or flavourings whatsoever.
Many Viridian supplements are also certified by the Soil Association. All their packaging is made from recyclable materials where possible. Can I get a raise of hands who just LOVE this approach!
In this blog we’re highlighting our top Viridian picks for everyday ailments, from stress to joint pain.
Supplementation is not a replacement for a healthy diet. As you have heard from us on countless occasions, it is of number one importance to eat a diet based around whole foods. Ensuring we are eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins, and drinking plenty of water.
That being said, supplementation can be an excellent tool to ensure we’re keeping our nutrient levels where they should be and our bodies in tip-top health!
So let’s get to it, here are our top Viridian picks for everyday ailments:
Stress drains the body of magnesium. It’s no surprise to hear that people who are under stress or suffer from anxiety are often deficient in this mineral.
Magnesium is a very important nutrient to help you relax. It helps to promote the feeling of calmness and relaxation, as well as increasing energy and reducing irritability. Just what the doctor ordered!
Supplementation and a good diet that includes plenty of magnesium rich green leafy veggies is a good way to start topping up those levels and dialling down those stress levels.
L-Theanine is an amino acid which is commonly found in green tea. It plays a key role in mood support and is most commonly used to reduce stress, anxiety, nervousness, restlessness and tension by inducing a more relaxed mental state.
L-Theanine and lemon balm work wonderfully together. They help those suffering from sleeping difficulties that are caused by the above problems. Easing tension, they allow the mind to become more relaxed.
If you find yourself under pressure and losing the ability to focus (which ultimately stresses you out more!) L-Theanine is your guy.
It’s also a fantastic supplement to help with concentration and brain fog. This is particularly useful for those studying, or those suffering from these symptoms either at work or at home.
B vitamin deficiencies are often associated with chronic stress, anxiety and nervous disorders. It can be a good idea to supplement with a decent B-complex (including B-12, B 6 and B-5) to help improve overall adrenal health, mood, focus, memory and energy.
B vitamins work best together rather than alone, so a decent B complex is the way to go.
B vitamins are incredibly vital to stress tolerance. They are essential for your nerves to function properly, to support your adrenal glands and your stress hormones, and are utilised in all other areas of the body.
With elevated stress and perhaps increased sugar or caffeine levels, your levels will be dropping like a free-falling melon (or any other object of your choice!). Ideally you want to get those levels back up to feel an ease in your symptoms.
Since chronic stress can strip your body of lots of your essential nutrients, it is important to get these vitamins and minerals from food and supplementation to balance the stress response and nutrition levels.
Obtaining high levels of B vitamins including B6 and B5 and B12, as well as vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and zinc will help give your body the nutrients it needs to support itself and be able to cope more effectively.
I love love love Rhodiola.
It truly is an amazing herb. Rhodiola offers fantastic support when you’re under stress, feeling physically and emotionally drained, suffering from anxiety or feeling a bit blue.
With its anti-stress and fatigue-fighting properties and its ability to promote energy, endurance and stamina, Rhodiola is your new secret weapon for stress management.
Because of its adaptogenic qualities, Rhodiola significantly increases your body’s tolerance to stressors. This includes mental, physical or environmental stresses, by regulating the way in which your body responds to these triggers.
Read more about Rhodiola here on my previous blog 6 Helpful Herbs You May Never Have Heard of But Should.
Colds and Flu
Ester C is a highly effective and easily absorbable patented form of vitamin C. It is buffered to make it gentler on the stomach, particularly useful when larger amounts are consumed. This is often the case when you’re sick, as requirements are higher during infection.
Studies have proven time and time again, the effectiveness of Vitamin C in high dosages for prevention and relief of cold and flu symptoms.
Vitamin C is the master of nutrients when it comes to supporting the immune system. It is an ideal preventative and curative when supplemented at 1000-2000mg per day.
Taken at the onset of symptoms, Vitamin C can help stop that cold in its tracks, especially if taken in regular doses throughout the day.
Remember that Vitamin C is water soluble, so it’s easily flushed out the body, especially if you’re sweating a lot due to fever. This is why it needs to be replenished at regular intervals to keep high Vitamin C levels in the blood system at all times during infection.
Vitamin D isn’t just for strong bones and healthy teeth, it’s also a great immune supporting and boosting vitamin.
Often, this is something we’re deficient in, especially this side of the equator. Deficiency in Vitamin D can reduce immune function meaning you may end picking up a nasty infection or virus going around *Achoo!*
Vitamin D promotes a healthy, balanced immune system and is worth taking throughout the year to keep those levels up.
Although the body manufactures vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight, for those living in more northern latitudes, it is recommended to supplement with the nutrient to prevent deficiency.
Zinc helps to fight infection, and if taken within the first 24hours from the first sign of symptoms, it has been shown to significantly reduce both the symptoms and severity of the common cold.
For optimum anti-viral effects, 50mg in the first 24 hours of symptoms can be highly effective at banishing or drastically shortening that cold or flu.
Inflammation is responsible for pain, swelling and redness. The degeneration of cartilage is responsible for the progression of more severe symptoms over time.
Viridian joint complex is a synergistic blend of nutrients shown to quickly reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. It includes boswellia, turmeric and ginger, quercetin and bromelain; plus Glucosamine to help reduce the breakdown of cartilage.
By reducing pain, inflammation, soreness and muscle aches, this complex and a healthy diet can help you to enjoy a more pain free, flexible and agile lifestyle for years to come!
This supplement is a premium fish oil that sets the benchmark for environmental sustainability, nutritional quality, freshness and purity. It is also the world’s first certified organic fish oil.
Low dietary intakes of omega-3 are very common and are often associated with increased inflammation and pain. This is especially noticeable when you have sore joints or arthritis.
Many studies have shown that increasing your omega-3 intake can help reduce symptoms. It can reduce pain anddecrease morning stiffness, resulting in noticeably fewer painful or tender joints.
This oil is a balanced rich source of Omega 3:6:9 fatty acids. It helps to promote cardiovascular, immune, skin and brain health. It can also be highly supportive to joint and arthritic pains.
Flax Seed oil (linseed oil) is one of nature’s richest sources of lignans. It’s a great vegan method for getting Omega-3 fatty acids, and an ideal vegetarian alternative to fish oil supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids support cardiovascular, immune, skin and brain health.
Any questions? Drop into your local Nourish store to chat with our expert team and explore our full range of foods, supplements and skincare. You can also find our full product range in our online store.
*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication.