Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! The days are getting warmer, sunsets last that little bit longer and we’re all tingling with excitement in anticipation of summer. Of course, the warmer months also mean we need to be more careful about sun exposure and seasonal allergies. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of our most popular and trusted natural supplements, to help you feel that healthy summer glow from head to toe.
Supplements for Sun-Safe Skin
Looking forward to catching some rays of sunshine? While you’re stocking up on mineral sunscreen, you might be surprised to hear that the right natural supplements work wonders for healthy summer skin as well. Here are the top natural supplements that give you sun protection from the inside out:
Vitamin E: The powerful moisturising and anti-ageing properties of vitamin E help to protect your skin from environmental damage. Taking a vitamin E supplement can reduce the effects of UVB (shortwave ultraviolet rays) on your skin, and even lower the risk of cancerous cell growth.
Vitamin C: Along with vitamin E, vitamin C is a must-have for healthy summer skin. That’s because it fights the breakdown of collagen, helping to keep your skin looking plump and youthful. It’s an absolute necessity for combating the ageing effects UV rays have on your skin.
Beta-carotene: A precursor to vitamin A, found in red and orange fruits and veggies. Beta-carotene helps to protect your skin against sun damage, and promote the growth and repair of body tissues. Get more of this antioxidant-rich nutrient into your diet by snacking on crunchy baby carrots or juicy mangoes. Yummy summertime treats!
Green tea: Make yourself a delicious, thirst-quenching pitcher of iced green tea, and enjoy all the antioxidant benefits. The by-products created when your body metabolises green tea help to reduce the effects of UV exposure on your skin tissues. A great way to combat sunburn, inflammation and skin ageing.
Please Note: These natural supplements are not intended to take the place of your sunscreen! They should be used in conjunction with effective sun protection, to help improve the health of your skin and reduce the effects of UV rays.
We’ve just said goodbye to winter sniffles, but now it’s time to ward off those springtime allergies. Itchy eyes and stuffy noses can really take the fun out of your warm weather adventures. Luckily there are plenty of natural allergy-fighting formulas that work beautifully, with no drowsiness or other unwanted side-effects.
Probiotics: Allergic reactions happen when your immune system “over-reacts” to foreign bodies like pollen, dust or pet hair, producing antibodies that cause itching, irritation and inflammation. Balancing your intestinal flora with a probiotic supplement will strengthen your immune system and prevent it from responding too strongly to these stimuli.
Nettle leaf: Naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine, the inflammatory compound released when an allergic reaction takes place. Make a pot of tasty nettle tea (or iced tea) for allergy-free summer sipping!
Apple cider vinegar: This tangy natural vinegar is a home remedy for many common ailments, including hayfever and allergies. Mix a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar into a glass of unfiltered water, or splash it over your summer salads. The vinegar helps to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system (plus it’s a great digestive aid too).
Natural nasal spray: Instead of the chemical-laden sinus sprays that can lead to dependency, take care of your sinuses naturally with a mild and gentle saline-based solution. A very soothing and moisturising treatment that will put a stop to itchy noses.
Pollinosan formula: This A. Vogel formula is made with a blend of medicinal herbs to help ward off seasonal allergies like hayfever. By eliminating toxins and balancing the immune system, it doesn’t just treat allergy symptoms, but the underlying cause as well.
Here at Faithful to Nature, we believe there’s only one rule for a beach-ready body, and that’s being comfortable and happy in your own beautiful skin – whatever your shape or size! That said, during the chilly season, most of us prefer cuddling up with a cup of hot chocolate to braving the elements for a jog or workout, and it’s not unusual to pick up a few unwanted pounds. Instead of struggling through the latest crash diet, try a natural detoxing and weight loss supplement to help you feel your best:
HCA/ Garcinia Cambogia: This is the plant-based weight loss wonder that’s got everyone talking! The HCA in Garcinia cambogia acts as an appetite suppressant and metabolism booster, helping to curb unhealthy food cravings and helping you get the most out of your fitness regime. Check out our whole range of Garcinia cambogia supplements.
Green Coffee Bean: Another natural supplement that helps to give your metabolism a boost, reduce fat absorption and curb your cravings for unhealthy snacks. Green (unroasted) coffee beans are loaded with chlorogenic acid, which gives the supplement its fat-busting properties.
Helix Slim: The popular A. Vogel Slimming Drops help to promote better metabolism of sugars, improve digestion and reduce hunger pangs. Great as a natural pre-summer slimming treatment or for healthy weight maintenance during the summer months.
What’s YOUR #1 summer wellness secret? Share it with us in the Comments below!