Personalised nutritional supplementation
Nutritional supplementation is a very important topic that is often underestimated. The right supplements tailored to the needs of the individual body, whether proteins, collagens, omega 3 fats, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, etc. can work wonders. They can have a direct effect on the body and help it to be healthier, live longer, protect against diseases, but also to lose fat or build muscles.
Many people already use supplements without knowing what they are actually taking. Incorrect intake can lead to ineffectiveness or even undesirable effects and side effects. The dosage of many supplements is also often arbitrarily chosen and in any case not designed for the actual needs of the individual.
Based on our detailed discussion and the body analysis, I can create a customised plan with all the supplements that really make sense for you and in the amount of active ingredients that your body needs and tolerates. We also produce our own personalised Body Academy supplements for this purpose!
In the following, I discuss some of the most important dietary supplements:
Enzymes are proteins that play an important role in many biochemical reactions in the body. They are involved in many processes in the body, including the digestion of food, the production of hormones and neurotransmitters, and the regulation of metabolism. Without enzymes, many of these processes could not take place or would be significantly slower.
Lipases, for example, break down fats into free fatty acids and glycerol. Amylases transform carbohydrates into simple sugars. Proteases split proteins into individual amino acids. The enzyme bromelain as a supplement has an anti-inflammatory effect as well as promoting blood circulation and relieving pain. Papain helps with digestive problems and inflammation. Pancreatin effectively supports the pancreas so that food can be better digested and thus, for example, sugars and fats can be better converted.
Vitamins / Minerals / Trace elements
Vitamins, minerals and trace elements help to keep the entire body healthy and slow down the ageing process.
The most important vitamins include vitamins A, B, C, D and E. Vitamin A supports cell renewal and can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The B vitamins are important for metabolism and blood formation, among other things, as well as for the function of the nerves and the immune system. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that promotes collagen production and protects the skin from free radical damage. Vitamin D is important for bone health as it stores minerals there. Vitamin E is another antioxidant that scavenges radicals that attack the fatty acids of the body’s cells. It also supports skin elasticity.
The most important minerals include calcium, potassium and of course magnesium. Calcium is needed for many bodily functions. It plays an important role in blood clotting, muscle and nerve activity, defence against inflammation and allergies, and the function of the heart, lungs and kidneys. Potassium plays an important role in acid-base balance, heart function and the regulation of blood pressure. The body needs magnesium for protein synthesis, for the function of the muscles and the heart, the nerves, the structure of the bones, blood sugar control and for blood pressure regulation.
The most important essential trace elements are iron, copper, selenium and zinc. Iron is important for metabolic pathways and the transport of oxygen, among other things. Copper is important for energy production and the protection of cell membranes. As a component of antioxidant enzymes, selenium is important for protecting the organism from cell damage caused by radicals, among other things. Other selenium-dependent enzymes regulate the thyroid hormone balance or are building blocks of sperm. Zinc is important for cell growth, wound healing and various metabolic processes. Zinc and selenium also help in the production of collagen and elastin in the skin and thus play an important role in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Proteins / Amino Acids / Collagen
Protein is not only an important part of our diet, but also crucial for our health, anti-ageing and fitness. It contributes to the repair and regeneration of our body cells and tissues. Adequate protein intake can help maintain and strengthen muscles, bones and organs. It can make sense, whether to build or maintain muscle, to consume protein in the form of powder to meet daily needs or even to avoid animal sources.
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and there are 20 different types of amino acids found in proteins. Eight of these amino acids are essential and cannot be produced by the body, so they must be taken in through normal food or supplements. The remaining twelve amino acids can be produced by the body itself or partially (semi-essential amino acids). Certain amino acids applied individually and in appropriate doses can help to relax better, sleep better or concentrate better. Other amino acids increase energy, blood flow or the digestion and burning of fats.
Collagen, which also consists of proteins, is an important component of connective tissue. Collagen is differentiated into different types of collagen that perform different functions for the body. With age, the body produces less collagen, which inevitably leads to a natural loss of skin firmness and tone. Collagen therefore plays a significant role in anti-ageing and connective tissue weakness. Regular intake in appropriate doses helps to improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles.
Amino acids at a glance
Medicinal plants and secondary plant substances
A medicinal plant or herb is a plant that is used internally or externally to heal and/or alleviate health complaints. It can be processed and administered in a wide variety of forms. Secondary plant compounds are natural compounds that occur in various plant species and are known for their potential health-promoting properties. Many of these plant compounds can naturally improve health, support medicines or even replace them in some cases.
An example of a secondary plant substance is ashwagandha, also known as Withania Somnifera. Ashwagandha strengthens the immune system, reduces stress and improves the body’s cognitive functions. It can also help with sleep disorders, anxiety and depression. Turmeric, also known as turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in appropriate doses. It can also help prevent heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Maca, also known as Lepidium meyenii, can improve sexual function, energy levels or mood, for example. It can help balance hormones and prevent osteoporosis.
Many other plant substances can work wonders for health, but also for anti-aging, depending on the problem, the objective and the dosage, as well as other factors such as combinations of active ingredients or times of intake!
When it comes to fats, it is first and foremost important to distinguish between good, vital fats and bad fats. Secondly, it is a question of the correct ratio in the intake of fats in general, which decides whether we can use the fat sensibly, for example for the function of the brain or hormones, or whether we store it in the form of fat deposits in the body.
Omega-3 fatty acids are among the good fats. We find these in the form of ALA (alpha lipoic acid) in plants and in the form of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in animal foods. They are essential fatty acids that are essential for maintaining a healthy body. EPA and DHA are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and can help prevent and fight various health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease, or improve cognitive function, mood and sleep quality.
MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) fats help the body stay in the fat-burning state of ketosis for longer. This balances blood sugar levels and helps with weight loss. Phospholipids promote cell metabolism and ensure that needed substances enter the cell and used substances are removed. They also play an important role in keeping toxic substances away from the cells.