Vitamins for General Health

Supplements for Working from Home

The global pandemic led to a huge shift in home working. It is thought that approximately 36% of the UK working population may now be working from home according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Whilst this can offer benefits such as no long expensive commute, no distractions from chatty work colleagues and the option to make yourself a cuppa whenever you want, the downsides can include neck and eye strain, lower back pain, lack of structure to the day and a sense of isolation.

It’s important to strike a balance between the advantages and the disadvantages of working from home, by creating a good routine, including short breaks, factoring in time for movement, daylight, and pre-preparing nutritious lunches.

Key Foods for Working from Home

It can be tempting to graze on snacks and skip lunch when working from home, however, our brains rely on a steady supply of nutrients to support memory, concentration and energy levels. Aim for a balanced meal which combines all three macronutrients – complex carbohydrates, protein, and fat, to help provide a steady supply of glucose and nutrients to the brain.

  • Complex carbohydrates - such as wholegrain rye bread or pitta bread, wholewheat pasta, sweet potato, beans, lentils and brown rice.
  • Protein - good sources include chicken, fish, feta and goat’s cheese, tofu, hummus, quinoa, beans, chickpeas and lentils.
  • Fat - aim for healthy fats including oily fish, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, hemp seed oil, nuts and seeds.
  • Eat a rainbow of different coloured fruits and vegetables to supply your brain with crucial vitamins and nutrients. The fibre from these foods also helps to feed the beneficial gut bacteria in the gut, which can positively influence cognitive function and mood via the gut-brain-axis.
  • Include berries every day - such as blackcurrants, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, red currants. Studies suggest the flavonoids contained in these foods may boost cognition.

Which Supplements Can Support Working from Home?

  1. Magnesium
  2. Vitamin D
  3. B-vitamins

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Working from Home

  • Vitamin D3 is the bioavailable form of vitamin D. Ideally, it’s a good idea to have your vitamin D levels tested as you may need a higher dose if you are severely deficient.
  • Magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate are the most bioavailable forms of magnesium, either in powder or capsule form.
  • It is better to take a B-complex supplement that contains all 8 B vitamins, since they work better together. Do not take B vitamins long-term, particularly at high doses, as this may be harmful.

Nutritional Therapy Support For Working from Home

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