The Supplements You Need for Every Issue, From PMS to Hangovers
You have your morning supplement routine down pat. Step one: Wash your daily probiotic and multivitamins down with a smoothie. Step two: Carry on with your awesome self.
But what about the days when you need a little more ammo? Whether you realize everyone in your workspace is suddenly sneezing or feel the effects of last night's second glass of wine, there are some moments that require an extra boost.
Enter Wellnicity®. The personalized wellness brand has your needs on lock with prepackaged, professional-grade vitamins specially curated to all of your last-minute #problems. “These packs are filled with tried-and-true nutrients,” says Jessica Wilhelm, a Wellnicity clinician. “And they’re hand-picked by our clinical team to provide that extra support right when you need it.”
Intended to be taken on occasion (AKA when you really need it), there's a full collection of options. The Cold Pack, for example, is for when you suspect your immune system is about to go on the fritz. “One of our clients sent in an email the other day saying he was on day six of his Cold Pack and that it was working wonders,” Wilhelm says. “His family all had the flu and he was able to dodge it.” When you’re too busy to get sick or let something like PMS derail your day (um, no thanks), reach for these instead.
Keep reading to learn about 6 specially curated vitamin packs to add to your life.
Main ingredients: Diindolymethane (DIM), L-Theanine, and evening primrose oil.
How it works: Instead of just crawling under your covers and waiting out the storm brewing in your abdomen, this pack promises actual results. “DIM helps in the metabolism of estrogen to reduce estrogen dominance, a contributing factor to PMS symptoms,” Wilhelm says. And if you’re feeling sore and bloated, the evening primrose oil can help. “It contains Gamma-linoleic acid, a fatty acid which can reduce breast tenderness and reduce water retention,” Wilhelm adds.
When to take it: Pop them between days 14 to 28 of your cycle.
Main ingredients: Zinc, vitamin C, and a potent blend of vitamins and botanical extracts like european elderberry and echinacea.
How it works: That nasty cold that keeps circulating your office? It stops with you. According to Wilhelm, this combo of supplements was designed to arm your immune system with the tools that’ll help shorten the duration and severity of the common cold or viruses in general.
When to take it: Wilhelm says to take this as a preventive measure when you notice people around you getting sick (or at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms) for seven consecutive days.
Main ingredients: GABA, glycine, inositol, taurine, and a magnesium complex.
How it works: No matter what keeps you up at night (upcoming deadlines, the thought of doing your taxes, Twitter), this pack could help ease your anxiety. "GABA and the other calming nutrients, glycine and inositol, work to calm the stimulating or excitatory neurotransmitters that can make us feel anxious,” Wilhelm says. Plus, taurine, another calm-booster, supports soothing neurotransmitters, too.
And since magnesium is the buzzy mineral when it comes to de-stressing, you can expect it to make an appearance here. ”It serves as a smooth muscle relaxer, promoting relaxation, and also helps to calm excess stimulating neurotransmitters,” she says.
When to take it: Any time you’re feeling a temporary moment of stress.
Main ingredients: Zinc, vitamins C and D, probiotic blend, and vitamin D3.
How it works: Got an upcoming flight? No worries—just pack this in your carry-on. Zinc and professional-grade vitamins C and D (to bolster your white blood cells) are a great defense for your immune system, while the probiotic blend contains seven strains of beneficial flora that are able to withstand the harsh environment of digestion. “That allows them to restore balance in the small intestine and promote healthy immunity,” Wilhelm says.
When to take it: Once per day while traveling.
Main ingredients: Methylated B vitamins, dihydromyricetin (DHM), and milk thistle, artichoke, licorice root, and dandelion extracts.
How it works: It happens to the best of us: One drink too many, and, well, the next morning is not so fun. Since dehydration is one of the main things happening to a hungover body, Wilhelm says the Methyl-Plex B is important because it contains professional-grade B vitamins which are essential for fluid and electrolyte balance. “The herbal blend of milk thistle, artichoke, dandelion, and licorice root extracts serve to detoxify the liver,” she adds.
DHM, meanwhile, is a potent herbal antioxidant that lowers the amount of specific neurotransmitters in your brain (which can go into overdrive when alcohol is involved).
When to take it: Take one pack just before bed after a night out on the town, and you could wake up close to headache-free the next day.
Study and Focus Pack
Main ingredients: Acetyl-L-Canitine, gingko biloba, bacopa monnieri, vinpocetine, and huperizine A (say that three times fast).
How it works: “These ingredients have all been well documented in showing improved memory and recall,” Wilhelm says. Plus, they encourage increased blood flow to the brain which can potentially result in optimal cognitive function (you genius, you).
When to take it: “Once per day on those occasions when you need a little more focus such as final exams or trying to finalize that quarterly report,” Wilhem says. But don’t overdo it. “If you need extended support for memory and focus issues, you should consider testing your neurotransmitter levels to determine imbalances." Luckily, there's a test for that.
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