4 Tips for Caregivers Looking to Stay Healthyby Rejuvenation Therapeutics Science and Editorial Team
November is Caregiver Awareness month! In honor of that, we would like to take a moment to thank all the caregivers in our lives. Caregivers are often an underappreciated community, so if you are among that noble set, we recognize that you are truly doing something amazing.
However, every person has their limits, no matter how deep their dedication to helping others. You need to make sure that you take time from caring for others to take care of your needs too!
Preparing nutritional, well-balanced meals is a challenge for anyone. But it’s especially tricky for caregivers since they have to juggle this task with other duties. If you are on the go all day, with a schedule that has unpredictable changes and surprises, you may not be consuming enough nutrients. This can lead to fatigue, sickness and long term health problems.
Your diet and health are built on a foundation of healthy food, rest and exercise, but realistically, most of us can’t possibly get everything we need consistently every day. Adding one more layer of nutritional support is a smart idea for anyone, but especially for hard-working caregivers.
A good way to make sure you are getting enough nutrition every day is to add vitamin supplements to your daily diet and routine.
Before adding supplements to your routine, it is a good idea to first check with your doctor or health care provider. They will know best what nutritional supplements to recommend to you and which supplements won’t interfere with existing prescribed medications and/or cause any possible allergic reactions and side effects.
But here is a good place to start that conversation. Here are 4 tips for the caregiver who is looking for more information on supplements:
1) Get Educated About Types Of Supplements
Be a smart shopper and look for quality!
There are as many varying qualities of supplements out on the market as there are types of supplements. This is because supplements are not regulated as medications and instead, are considered foods.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relies on manufacturers to follow safety guidelines and list the ingredients they use in their products, but the reality is not all products contain what they say on their packaging. Buying discount supplements exposes you to risks you don’t want to take with your health.
That’s why it’s important to do your research and to choose products from a reputable supplement company like Rejuvenation Therapeutics® whose products are proven to be pure, vegetarian, free from artificial and rice fillers and come in BPA-free packaging.
2) Learn Which Supplements Work Best to Support Your Specific Needs
Everyone is different, so everyone needs different dietary support in areas that are specific to them. Your needs and your physiology can differ greatly from your friends and family.
In general, however, caregivers have demanding jobs, so we recommend looking into dietary supplements that support strong immunity, strong bones and joints and a strong memory:
How do I strengthen my immunity system?
If you are looking to support your immunity, particularly if you work in a healthcare environment or have to travel a lot, consider these supplements:
• Echinacea+Zinc: Two great things together add up to immune support for those who spend a lot of time around ill people. Where you find immune dysfunction, you usually find zinc deficiency as well, so supplementation can help. Echinacea can also reduce the chances of getting a cold by over 50%!
• Vitamin C: You might think of this one as just something to help when you have a cold, but it is very useful in preventative immunity boosting and is also a great antioxidant.
• Quercetin: This is an antioxidant and an antibacterial agent that can help reduce chronic infections and boost the immune system
How do I keep my bones and joints healthy and strong?
If you are in a physically demanding job where you are on your feet a lot, you need to maintain bone health and reduce the risk of bones breaking if there’s a fall. Consider these supplements:
• Vitamin D: This nutrient is only minimally available in food, so we get our main source of Vitamin D from being out in the sun. Caregivers with night shifts might especially consider this one.
• Vitamin K2-MK7: Increased consumption of MK-7 has been shown to generate more activated osteocalcin, which is linked to increases in bone-matrix formation and more bone mineral density.
• Turmeric: This member of the ginger family has long been known for its anti-inflammatory effects, which helps promote healthy bones and reduce joint pain
How do I keep my memory functioning at its best?
Caregivers need a crack memory to remember details amid the flurry of the day, which could include instructions, lists, dosage information, patient names and personal histories, and more. We suggest looking at:
• Ashwagandha: Hard to say and spell, but a great friend to those in high-pressure environments. It helps with stress and is a great antioxidant.
• Organic Blueberry Extract: This powerful little fruit packs a huge antioxidant punch… more so than many other fruits, vegetables and nuts. When tested, it was found to help reverse the aging of the brain and help neuromotor function.
• Holy Basil: Another great idea for stress is the oil of the holy basil plant, which uses natural means to lower psychological strain. Less stress throughout the body means better mental functioning for you.
3) Know Which Supplements To Avoid
Supplements are meant to enhance a person’s health, but they can be harmful or cause side effects if not used correctly. This can happen when people take them in place of other medication they need or when people take certain supplements in combination with their prescription drugs.
Some supplements can interact with specific pharmaceutical drugs that can cause serious health problems.
For example, when taken along with blood thinner Coumadin®, Vitamin K can reduce the ability of blood from clotting which can lead to excessive bleeding. Some antioxidant supplements, like Vitamins C and E can interfere with the effectiveness of certain types of cancer chemotherapy.
This is why it is vital to always check with your doctor before trying any new supplements and medications.
4) Supplements Work Only When Taken
Once you’ve determined which are the right supplements for you to take, the key is to make sure you take
it consistently and in the correct dosage.
Don’t take excess quantities thinking more is better. Just like medication, it’s important to take thecorrect, therapeutic amount for your needs.
This month, vow to take care of yourself just a little bit better, and consider how supplements could be part of that equation.