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The Ultimate Supplement Guide & FAQ for Newbies


Just starting to explore supplements? Awesome timing! If this is your first time trying to boost your health through supplements or you’re just looking to brush up on your wellness knowledge, this is the article for you. 

Supplements are the perfect way to round out an imperfect diet. They give you the extra essential nutrients your body needs to perform at its peak levels when you cannot consume all of your nutrients through diet. Let’s look at some of the more beneficial supplements and why they’re good for you.

Probiotics & Prebiotics and Pro-45

Better digestive health and a stronger immune system might be more important now than ever before. Staying healthy is the mantra of the day, and a little supplemental support can go a long way. 

It all starts in the gut. If you’re staying on top of news in the intestinal sector, you’re probably keenly aware that your gut microbiota is crucial to having a healthy immune system. An article from Gut Microbes underscores this fact by highlighting how your gut health is key to regulating immune homeostasis.

Pro-45 gives you both probiotics and prebiotic fiber for optimal health. Probiotics are the live bacteria that your body needs, and prebiotics are what they feed on to stay strong and healthy. It’s a wonderfully balanced way to keep your immune system strong and build good gut flora. It’s the perfect first step into the supplement world if you want safe and effective, all-over health from the inside out.

Vitamin B12 and Vegan B12

Another way to support your immune system is by taking Vegan B12. Yes, it’s vegan, so it’s a natural boost that you can feel good about taking. In addition to immune support, taking a B12 vitamin can help with clarity, energy, focus, and it’s great for energy metabolism and cellular reproduction. 

What does science say about B12? Well, it’s one of those essential vitamins that your body needs, but it doesn’t produce on its own – so you need to get it somehow. For people that eat animal products, it’s not so difficult to find as it’s in fish, eggs, milk, meat, and poultry. For vegans, a supplement might be needed. B12 plays an important role in bone health, prevention of dementia, energy, the production of red blood cells, mood, heart health, and more. This is a supplement worth considering if you’re not getting enough B12 from the foods you eat. 

Vitamin D and K2+D3

Harvard Health points out that Vitamin D is incredibly important, but about 70% of Americans lack sufficient amounts of this vitamin. There are a number of reasons why we’re not getting enough of the “sunshine vitamin,” and it’s super important. To boost your levels, you can risk your health by sunbathing, or you can do it in a safer way by taking K2 + D3. 

Vitamin D3

K2 + D3 combines vitamins K2 and D3 to allow for proper calcium absorption to boost your bone strength and health. You can consume calcium for bone strength, but if you don’t have the vitamins necessary for proper absorption, that calcium doesn’t get to do its job.

Multi-Superfood and Beyond Greens

Looking for a whole-body health solution? Beyond Greens might be your answer. Instead of focusing on giving you one vitamin or nutrient, it pulls from some of the best ingredients for a powerful superfood blend that is great for your immune system, gut health, overall energy, and it helps you detox. 

Beyond Greens uses echinacea, Rhodiola, milk thistle, probiotics, and four different mushroom types in a gluten-free, soy-free, vegan blend that has a delightfully delicious matcha flavor. Since, it's all you need in one drink as Forbes mentioned, only one daily scoop of Beyond Greens is what’s needed for this supplement. It’s designed to be mixed with water, but if you’re a clever cook, you can incorporate this powder into smoothies, pancakes, and other culinary concoctions for a change of pace. 

Lutein and OptiWell

If you spend too much time in front of a screen - and is there anyone that doesn’t these days - you know you could probably be doing more to support your eye health? Sure, you wear your blue light glasses, but what else can you do?

Taking OptiWell helps support eye health with lutein and astaxanthin. Lutein has many health benefits, but it’s your eyes that really gain from this carotenoid. When it comes to age-related macular disease, lutein can improve or possibly even prevent it from developing. This is significant when you consider that macular degeneration can lead to severe vision problems and even blindness. 

Vision health in front of the computer monitors

OptiWell works by pairing lutein and zeaxanthin to promote blood flow to the retina and reduce eye tension. Vitamin E and astaxanthin are strong antioxidants that are included in this proprietary blend to battle free radicals that damage the cells in your eyes. 

Collagen and Collagen Peptides

While we all want to be healthy, we also want to look healthy and our best. Collagen might be the best supplement for achieving both. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that is a crucial building block for bone, skin, and joint health. It makes your skin look radiant and youthful, and it gives your hair structure and strength. 

Live Conscious' Collagen Peptides are sourced only from grass-fed, pasture-raised, Grade A bovine. They’re certified hormone-free and non-GMO. This ensures you’re getting a quality product that is supremely effective. It’s a wonderful way to enhance your bone and joint health while also improving your gut and immune function. And more importantly, it supports your fab-from-inside-out goals by strengthening your hair, skin, and nails. 

Waking Up To Wellness

Sometimes, your goals of being the best version of yourself need a little boost and maybe some support. Whether it’s a trusted friend who you turn to, an inspirational message you hold on to, a daily yoga habit you need to feel whole, or a few supplements that give your body the nutrition you’re lacking, we understand.  

While a zen-filled life is what we all want, sometimes that’s just not possible. You get stressed, you’re busier than ever, and you don’t always eat what you should. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the nutrition your body needs. You just need to fuel up in a different way – through supplements. 

There are some key nutrients that everyone can use to feel their best and look better than their best. Adding things like vitamin D, a handful of powerful superfoods, and some probiotics and prebiotics can make a big difference in your body’s balance. 

Beyond that, customizing your supplement intake can be a rewarding experience. Knowing what foods and nutrients you tend to shy away from can help you narrow your focus and determine what you need to add to round out your own personal health approach. Whether you opt for customized supplement support or a general approach, Live Conscious is here to help.