A Healthier New Year: Putting the Focus on Your Health

Healthier New Year In 2022

Stress amid the impact of the pandemic years on has left a lot of people feeling disconnected from family and friends, along with having to adapt to new modes of ‘normal.’ This is, in addition to already ever-present daily stressors people must contend with – work, schooling, family life, relationships, finances…

Anything that perhaps felt difficult or strained before is now even more so, especially with the rising costs of groceries and household items. 

Making changes for the better health-wise, amid everything going on in the world, is unfortunately not a priority for many. Many fall back into bad habits, unhealthy patterns, or perhaps neglected to focus on themselves. While things might always seem to be in a state of flux, 2024 still promises the hope of another year to start anew and revitalize; it can start with healthier habits that are genuinely attainable (and maintainable). 

New Year resolutions are always going to be personal and specific to an individual and about actualizing change that they feel they need to realize in their own life. This could mean weight loss (or gain), changing dietary habits, quitting smoking or drinking, re-designing their home environment and living space, or taking control of their own health and wellness. 

That being said, highly personal New Year resolutions and goals can always be supported and encouraged by recognizing that those goals are, in fact, accomplishable. 

That can mean reading about the success of others through blogs, social media, and peers – and it can mean knowing how best to support your own journey through supplements, vitamins, nutrition, and holistic approaches. 

Many are looking for a starting point or a ‘plan’ to get a more concrete sense of how to actually achieve what they set their mind to. 

A huge part of this is ensuring that you support your needs – if your goal in 2024 is to have a healthier year, then a priority is knowing how best to support your health. Supplements and vitamins can play a vital role in this regard to assist pre-existing dietary changes and exercise. 

Is your goal weight loss? Putting on muscle? Sticking to your workout plan?

In addition to finding a workout routine that best works for you and your goals, supplements can provide assistance to reduce appetite cravings, ensure proper carbohydrate metabolism, and boost workout performances.

B-Vitamins, particularly Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), B3 (Niacin), and B12 (cobalamin) can play an important role in helping to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. 

When there are pre-existing nutrient deficiencies, it can be more difficult to properly utilize or absorb nutrients from food, maintain the energy needed to sustain high-intensity workouts, or to effectively lose weight. 

A good B-Vitamin multi or individual supplement can assist the body when transitioning over to new dietary changes. 

They also ensure you maintain adequate energy levels throughout the day, as B12 deficiency is common among those who feel ‘low-energy,’ ‘tired,’ or ‘lethargic’ – especially after eating larger meals or completing daily tasks. 

Magnesium is another absolutely essential supplement for those who feel constantly ‘low-energy’ or unable to actively strive towards their goals – critical for the proper, healthy functioning of nerves, muscles, and cells. 

While magnesium is not directly correlated with weight loss, it will ensure proper muscle function and improve sleep quality to support all your workout goals and daily activity for those looking to put on muscle and lose weight or gain mass.

Specific “weight loss” supplements like Green Tea Extract, Caffeine, and Garcinia Cambogia can support energy expenditure and the body’s metabolism to help aid weight loss faster – dozens of clinical trials seem to support a reduction in body weight when used in addition to dietary changes and exercise compared to those alone. 

Probiotics are a continuing area of research and study surrounding the ‘microbiome,’ as we begin to understand more about the role of digestive health and the ‘gut’ on overall well-being, immunity, and metabolism. 

Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria) that can benefit both the gut and overall health – these can either be found in supplemental form, or in fermented food like kimchi and sauerkraut.

Your gut also feeds off the fiber in plant-based food (leafy greens, seeds, legumes) to nourish the beneficial strains of bacteria present in the digestive system.  

There are countless plant-based supplements that provide plenty of dietary fiber and act as a pre-biotic for those looking to up their intake. Supplements like Inulin, Psyllium Husk, or Guar Gum can feed beneficial bacteria in the gut naturally, the same way high-fiber healthy foods like beans, seeds, nuts, and vegetables can. Hence the name ‘pre-biotic.’ 

These can help to regulate appetite so you feel full for longer and create beneficial changes in the gut. With the appropriate dietary changes, this can make a huge and lasting difference in weight, immunity, energy levels, and overall wellness. 

All probiotics and prebiotics can support weight loss, weight gain, workout plans, or maintenance goals. There are clear, strong links between improving the health of your gut and systemic inflammation in the body. Probiotics can help contribute to reducing inflammation and stress on the body and seem to regulate appetite-related hormones. 

Whichever goal you set your mind to – Healthy Planet wishes you all the best in the New Year and is happy to play a small role in supporting a healthier year focused on self-improvement and wellness.