Financial Health


By Nicholas Bezuidenhout

Fostering good habits can be the key to achieving your goals. Here are 5 simple habits that will improve your health and investment outcomes:


1.    Seek Ongoing Professional Advice

Consulting a dietician or personal trainer upfront to construct a diet and exercise regime that is appropriate for your goals, although coming at a cost, will save you much frustration and drastically increase your chance of success. Their role is to set achievable goals and appropriate programs to follow to which they will hold you accountable. The interaction should be regular as they can check up on your progress and tweak your program over time (which is especially important should you reach a plateau). Having someone to report back to means that you will be more likely to be engaged and committed.

The same is true for investments. Consulting a Certified Financial Planner® professional will enable you to set up a suitable investment strategy that is affordable and most importantly, one that you can stick with. Active, regular engagement is crucial to prompt you to keep putting funds away when possible (and opportune!) and to help you stay the course. At the same time, a Certified Financial Planner® professional will review the long-term performance and makeup of your portfolio and make suitable recommendations on a forward-looking basis.

As investment returns do not come in a straight line, but rather in a lumpy fashion, staying invested in your strategy is the most important determinant of success. To do so requires emotional control and not making impulsive decisions when investments are down or volatile. A Certified Financial Planner® professional can act as a rational sounding board, to talk through your concerns and to give you additional insight enabling you to avoid costly missteps.

2.    Diversification – the only free lunch!

Although there are myriad diets and nutrition options available, a well-balanced diet is essential for good long-term health. This can be in the form of balancing your macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats) or including a balanced variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

In a similar way, when it comes to investments, diversification is crucial in building a robust portfolio that can withstand the ups and downs of different business, economic and market cycles. Appropriate diversification allows you to achieve your desired goals whilst lowering the risk of permanent capital loss and reducing the ups and downs of your portfolio.

Investment diversification involves balancing your asset class exposure (local and offshore) between shares (equities), cash, bonds and property. The ideal balance depends on your investment objective, your investment time horizon, your ability to tolerate fluctuations, and your financial capacity to take on risk. You may further diversify between active fund managers, who choose the shares that you are invested in, or passive low-cost index tracking investments. When employing the services of an active fund manager it is beneficial from a risk/return perspective to blend fund managers with different investment styles such as growth and value.

Health and Money

3.    Consistency

Being continually conscious and discerning about what you put into your body whilst being consistent with your exercise routine is the only way to achieve your long-term health goals. The same is true for investments. By setting up a regular contribution with an automatic annual increase together with a reminder to top up your retirement annuity or tax-free savings plan before the end of the tax year, you will be amazed how much sooner you will see results.

4.    Think Long-Term

In today’s technological age of streaming and 24-hour delivery services we all want instantaneous results. Unfortunately, when it comes to your health and investments it takes time to see these results.

Once the appropriate investment portfolio has been implemented then the next step, which is probably the most difficult, is to stick with the strategy and give it time. This requires patience and immense self-control. Like a new diet or exercise plan, the biggest risk to not achieving your goal is that you abandon your plan along the way because you are not seeing the results soon enough. This may happen because you are investing sporadically, evaluating returns over too short a period (most fund managers invest with a 5 to 10 year time horizon) or falling prey to making emotional decisions.

Of course, a very real problem may be that you cannot stomach the ups and downs of your portfolio. This may require a meeting with your Certified Financial Planner® professional to ensure that your portfolio is in line with your risk tolerance level and a tweak or two may be needed. Another strategy is to only look at your investments once a year, after all, the less frequently you look at an investment the less volatile it will become!

5.    Always Look Forward!

We all have binge days when we overeat or periods when we do not exercise. Fixating on those times can create feelings of guilt making it difficult to move forward. Remember, we cannot change the past and the only thing that we have control over is what we do today and going forward. With investments it can be very tempting to base decisions on historic short term investment performance making it enticing to change your portfolio to follow last year’s best performer or to abandon ship when things are down.  This behaviour can be very costly over time as last year’s outperformer can sometimes be next year’s underperformer. By not giving investments time to deliver you can miss out when things pick up. Rather make investment decisions looking forward asking the following 3 questions:

  • Is my portfolio still appropriate for my objectives and risk appetite?
  • Is my portfolio well diversified locally and offshore, between asset classes and quality fund managers with complementary investment styles?
  • Do I need to put more away to make achieving my goals more likely?

The principles of investing are straightforward but implementing them is not. Like any diet or exercise training program, investing requires sacrifice now to benefit your future self. At the same time, avoiding costly missteps requires mastery of your behaviour and an understanding of the common pitfalls that can catch you out. Following the 5 habits above will help you navigate your health and investment journey, significantly improving the chances of a successful outcome.


More about Nicholas Bezuidenhout

Nicholas is an Actuary and Certified Financial Planner® professional specialising in retirement planning and investments whilst helping people protect their and their family’s financial well-being. Please follow Nicholas at and




Because it isn’t a one-size-fits-all journey …

Self-love and self-care

Self-love is the concept of loving yourself as you would love others. It is the practice of taking care of your mind and spirit with compassion that benefits your overall mental well being. 

Self-love differs from self-care in the sense that self-love is about the internal dialogue and relationship that we have with ourselves. Self-care is nurturing our physical selves. The two often cross paths and we’ll give you a heads up when they do in this blog. 

Unless you axed your social media away before everybody watched the Social Dilemma, you’ll have seen the swarms of posts about self-love routines and rituals: the bubble baths, face masks and movie nights. Which rock, don’t get us wrong, but they don’t offer the sustainability that consistent and intentional self-love habits and practices do. 

The popularization of self-love isn’t a bad thing – the more people who learn to love themselves, the better – but the definitions and acts of self-love have become a bit superficial and one-size-fits-all-ish.  You’ve got to find what makes you feel good, no matter what that looks like. We believe in the habits that make the foundation of who we are, and our self-love practices are essential to how we grow and heal. 

If self-love sounds a little corny to you, let’s get into why it’s so important. When you treat yourself badly or even just neglect your basic needs and wants, you are setting yourself up to make poor decisions. Without having a solid foundation of love and respect for yourself, you are more susceptible to toxic relationships, negative self-talk and poor health. 

Here’s how you can create a life that is led by the love you give to yourself. 

Ritual and Routine

Having self-love routines and rituals plays a huge role in cementing the idea of loving yourself into your daily life. The way you start your day sets the tone for the next 9 hours or so, and that’s why a powerful place to make time for a ritual is as you wake. This ritual may look like prayer, movement, writing or meditation. It may also be in the details of what you don’t do: check your phone, regret the past or get into a state about the future. 

These rituals and routines are here to keep your mind clear and your thoughts in the present and consistency comes in handy on the days it feels a little hard to love yourself. 

Here’s what we had to say a few weeks ago about mastering meditation and how to develop your emotional awareness and cultivate mental clarity.

Be far kinder to your body

That means fueling your body well and more importantly, speaking to your body well. 

Your body is a vessel for everything that is the mind-blowingly fantastic you. The stuff that matters: your heart, your soul, your mind and your character. All a body does is bring these things into the physical world and yet we still find ourselves using such unkind language towards ourselves when we look in the mirror. Being grateful and accepting of your physical body is a worthwhile route to take. 

You may even have to fake it for a while and that’s okay because eventually, you’ll believe in what you are telling yourself. Kind things to start saying today could be: 

“I respect and value my body” 

“My body is full of energy and vitality”

“I nourish my body with healthy food and thoughts”

Do you see how you aren’t saying what you will or can do? You need to speak these thoughts as if they are already happening, rewiring your brain to think this way without making a huge effort to do so.

Self love

Believe in something

Before you panic, this blog isn’t about to turn into a cult recruitment advertisement.

But seriously, as humans in a material world, becoming detached from the spiritual side of life could be why so many people battle to find love for themselves. Finding solace in spiritual practice can bring an abundance of love into your life. Maybe you’re religious, maybe you choose to believe in the inherent goodness of mankind or just really believe in the power of having a huge dance party. 

Having a set of beliefs and values will cement your sense of knowing yourself and ultimately, loving yourself. When we see the divine around us, it’s hard to ignore the divine within us. 

Say no – and also say yes

People who love themselves respect their limits and boundaries. This means saying no when you mean no and not feeling guilty about it. When people are battling with their self-love journey, the thought of pleasing somebody else at the expense of violating yourself will seem justifiable and we’re here to tell you, it very rarely is. Say no when you feel that niggling feeling in your sternum because that’s your intuition speaking – you would be wise to listen. 

In the same breath, self-love means saying a big old YES to the things you deserve. So many of us reject opportunities and experiences because deep down, we aren’t certain that we deserve them. Knowing that you are a good person at your core and that you deserve the blessings that come your way is inseparable from self-love. 

Do the things you’re good at 

Remind yourself at least once a week of what you’re good at – and that doesn’t mean doing what you’re paid to do or doing what you think you should be good at. Don’t spend too much time overthinking this activity because the best part? Nobody even has to know. 

Take this as a rare opportunity to enjoy your talents for you and not for the pleasure or praise of other people. Sing for yourself, dance for yourself, talk with an elderly person for yourself. Acting on our strengths validates our purpose in this life. It gently reminds us that we are here for a reason and that whilst we are here we need to value, love and nurture ourselves. 

Blueberry smoothie




This berry-blaster smoothie is packed with brain boosting benefits. Loaded with antioxidants, this smoothie serves as the perfect start to your day.


1 small ripe banana
140g berry combo – blackberries, blueberries,
raspberries or strawberries. Or choose your berries of choice. Leave some extra to serve.
Apple juice or cold water. You decide.


Slice the banana into your blender or food processor and add the berries of your choice. Whizz until smooth. With the blades going, pour in juice or water to get to the consistency you prefer. Toss in a few extra berries on top and enjoy. Pro tip – freeze your banana in slice beforehand for a thicker, colder smoothie.





2020 has served us up with a fair share of challenges. Who would’ve thought that we were going to have a global pandemic and be locked up inside for months on end – not me haha! As much as it’s been a trying time, we might’ve actually been able to come out of it with some lessons learned and a new perspective

One thing quarantine has done is it’s completely changed up our workout routines. No longer have we been able to visit our local gym and use all the equipment which we were used to using. Now we have been faced with the task to use our bodies and at home ‘equipment’ as a means to exercise. Which to many is not something they are used to doing. But maybe this challenge actually taught us how little we actually need?

I myself was used to using the cardio machines and weights during my workouts as well but I had to adapt during this time along with everyone else. This doesn’t mean I became limited it just means I became creative and had a plan in mind.

So what are my key tips for exercising effectively at home you ask?

Consistency is key

Oh yes, we’ve heard this one a million times but my goodness it’s true. If you want to continue to see results even when you are training from home you need to be consistent. Just like you would go to the gym for certain days of the week, you need to do the same at home and stick to it!

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Create a new at-home routine

Just like you would usually follow a routine (eg. wake up, pack your food, go to gym, go to work etc) you need to continue to follow one at home. The moment you don’t set a time slot for your workout, the harder it becomes. Because we all know that excuse “Oh I’ll do It later” and then later comes and Netflix and chill sounds way better. Ya feel? 😉

There are endless amounts of exercises

 You may think you’d be way more limited but in all honesty, there are so many bodyweight exercises you can do (and hard ones at that) and there are so many items you can use in your house as ‘equipment’ for your workout (chair, filled water bottles, towels, backpacks, a bag of potatoes etc – you name it).

Have a workout space
Creating a space where you workout every day helps a lot. This can be seen as your place to get serious and your ‘me time’. The space doesn’t need to be big at all. Usually, the size of a yoga mat works perfectly fine. Try steer away from working out in a space that will distract you such as close to the TV or the fridge. 😉

Put on your workout clothes
Just like you would change to get ready for the gym, you must do the same at home. This tells your brain that it’s time to workout! Also, don’t give yourself enough time to think about it or convince yourself otherwise, change and get moving ASAP!

Music makes you move
I’m telling you if I put on some of my favourite upbeat music I already feel keener to get moving. Do the same at home to keep it interesting. Also, change up your playlist every now and again to keep it fun!

Have a plan
As we all know, when we don’t have a plan we tend to feel more overwhelmed and demotivated. Knowing what workout you are going to do every day definitely helps you with exercising at home. Our WellBe 12-Week Body Reboot Training Guide is perfect for this!

Eat well
If you fall off track with your eating you will naturally fall off track with your exercise routine too. Make sure you are eating healthy wholesome meals that leave you feeling full and satisfied. There are tons of incredible recipes in our WellBe 12-Week Body Reboot Nutrition Guide that will leave you feeling good and full of energy every day.

As much as going to the actual gym has its upsides, it’s not the be-all and end-all. I truly believe we already have what we need in order to get a great workout in – our bodies. I have come out of this understanding my body more than before and I have really realized that we really don’t need all the fancy extras.

To end off, here’s an at-home full-body workout that requires zero equipment:

  • 30 x squat to oblique twist
    • 10 x 4 mountain climbers to push up
    • 30 x side lunges (per side)
    • 15 x burpees
    • 20 x star jack-knives
    • 30 x jumping jacks


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Intermittent fasting is not about starving yourself or eating as little as possible, there is far more to it than that. This new lifestyle has quickly become increasingly popular as celebs, competitors and ordinary people embark on this new way of eating. The only struggle is perfecting this way of eating to ensure you feel your best while reaping all of the benefits. 

A little bit about intermittent fasting…

Our article on intermittent fasting has the whole story on exactly how it all works but in short, intermittent fasting is famous for promoting good health and weight loss. It involves timing your meals and eating at certain times of the day. Just like the name suggests, you’ll fast for some part of the day and eat at a specific time. It is one of the few diet (for lack of a better word) plans that actually allows you to eat what you like (well, to a certain extent). 

By lowering appetite and aiding burning of more calories, intermittent fasting can actually help you with weight loss, some research has found. A number of people have also reported having more energy. 

The timing of meals can affect your 24-hour energy metabolism. Coordinating your meals with circadian rhythms can work as a powerful strategy for reducing appetite and improving metabolic health. 

Now you know what it is, how do you make it work?

Tips to make intermittent fasting work for you

1. Plan plan plan

As the saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail”. Ideas come and go but until we plan exactly how we’re going to implement these ideas into action, it’s not going to happen.

Take a look at the various types of intermittent fasting and choose a time period that suits you best. From there you should plan when you’re going to eat and exactly what you’ll be eating too. By having a detailed plan and by meal prepping some meals, you will be more inclined to follow the plan and remain consistent.  

2. Stay hydrated 

Drink lots of water and calorie-free drinks, such as herbal teas, throughout the day. This will curb any feelings of hunger and will keep you from snacking or breaking your fast. 

3. Don’t obsess about your food

Plan plenty of distractions on fasting days to avoid thinking about food, such as catching up on some work, working out or going to see a movie. This will ensure you don’t sit around thinking about food and how you ‘can’t’ have it. This is something that requires some getting used to because we are programmed to want to eat any time we experience a bit of hunger. 

You need to be able to fight past the feelings of hunger!

4. Try not to overindulge – strive to eat clean

‘Strive to eat clean’ – we don’t mean that your first meal should be a salad and a glass of water (then what’s the point in fasting?). What we mean is you should try to make every calorie count by selecting nutrient-dense foods that are rich in protein, fibre, and healthy fats. Examples include beans, lentils, eggs, fish, nuts, and avocado. By doing this, you will feel full and satisfied for longer. You can see some examples of these meals here


5. Be consistent

It takes a while to establish a new routine and get used to doing something different. Every new diet or lifestyle will take time to reflect changes on your body. You have to follow it religiously and consistently for at least a few weeks for it to work and for you to become accustomed to eating that way.  

6. Exercise regularly

Exercise is a great way to increase endorphins and make you feel great. Now we don’t mean spending countless hours at the gym torturing yourself on the treadmill. 

Intermittent fasting comes with the added benefit of making you feel healthier (as it involves syncing your mealtimes with your body’s circadian rhythm). Combining it with exercising is going to be all the more beneficial in terms of making you feel healthy and burning calories. Regular exercise can include going for walks, hiking, working out with a friend (etc), you can make it something you’re excited about rather than something you hate. 

Intermittent fasting is just like any other new thing you try, you need to remain consistent with it and fight through some of the uncomfortable feelings you may experience. When your body is used to a certain lifestyle, it takes a while for it to adjust and feel good again. But remember, every diet is different and the outcome is unique to each individual so be sure to do what’s best for you!

Offer yoga and meditation classes


A number of companies are starting to see the benefits of wellness in the workplace. From improving employee’s happiness which is directly linked to their levels of productivity, a healthy workplace allows for not only healthy and happy employees but a boost in sales and your company’s bottom line. 

To fully understand the benefits of workplace wellness we wrote a blog on the topic which you can have a look at right here: 8 reasons why your company needs a wellness program

Personal wellness is a top priority

As working professionals, our personal wellness is of top priority and when a company enables its employees to work in an environment that supports their personal health and wellness, it creates loyalty, decreases sick days and creates a workplace that boosts morale and decreases stress levels. 

One of the first steps to improving personal wellness in the workplace is to inspire a culture of fitness. But it takes more than just some healthy snacks in the breakroom and encouraging employees to take the stairs. 

More than a few simple acts of wellness

To truly make a difference in the lives of your employees and sustain these positive results, you need to create healthy habits of wellness in the workplace, it’s these habits that help develop a culture of health and fitness. 

It’s important to understand that whilst a culture of fitness is important to implement and sustain, as a company, you need to look at the bigger picture of corporate wellness. Which is why it helps to get some professionals in to help. Wellness coaches offer expert advice and implement effective practises to improve the wellness culture in your office. 

In any case, one of the first steps to creating a culture of wellness is to inspire a culture of fitness.

Why fitness matters

Exercise is known to make you feel good. From the runner’s ‘high’ to the great feeling you get after working out, even when you go for a brisk walk around the block, exercise does more than just improve your physical health, but it also taps into our mental wellbeing on a number of positive levels. As with healthy eating and positive thinking, exercise helps us to feel great about ourselves which has a direct impact on our work lives. 

So, how great would it be if your place of work inspired this kind of healthy living? It would be amazing. 

1. Get moving – step up to fitness

It’s all about the little efforts that make the big difference. Rewarding employee’s ‘stepping’ milestones is a great way to encourage movement. 

For example, set daily goals of 10 000 steps a day. Those who reach this goal for 10 days in a row are celebrated and rewarded with discounted gym memberships or healthy snack baskets. 

Walking meetings offer a fun alternative to the boring boardroom. 

Provide safe bike parking for those who cycle to work. 

Did you know that staff who spent 30 to 60 minutes working out during their lunch break reported an average performance boost of 15%? Encouraging staff to work out during lunch and better yet, providing them with the space to do so is a great way to improve productivity.

2. Bring fitness into team building

Fun soccer games, 5k fun walks/runs or even jumping on trampolines at Bounce are all fun and engaging ways to interact as a team. 


3. Offer yoga and meditation classes 

During lunch and after work, bring in a yoga instructor or offer a meditation class for those who want to get involved. You can also offer this before work starts in the morning to ensure employees start their day feeling relaxed and ready to take on the challenges of the day. 


4. Clear communication and celebration is key

Offer yoga and meditation classes

It’s all fine and well having these various fitness and health opportunities available to employees, but you need to ensure that they know about them too! 

And what’s more, your staff need to know that you care about them. A fitness culture in the workplace will not happen without reinforcement. 

This means you need to create a clear communication plan and timeline that lets employees know exactly what activities will be taking place and when as well as what rewards and incentives are linked to these activities. 

It’s important that you reward and celebrate those who take part in fitness challenges. As mentioned earlier, some rewards include: 

  • Discount gym memberships 
  • Healthy snack baskets 
  • Healthy reward vouchers for shops like Total Sports or Sportsmans Warehouse 
  • Free yoga vouchers 

The list goes on. 

Open up an honest conversation around fitness in your business. Talk about topics like work and personal life balance and nutrition. Create an environment where employees are encouraged to talk openly about their health and mental wellbeing and have the right tools to improve their health. 

It starts at the top

Don’t forget that effective fitness in the workplace starts with the boss. As a leader, your staff will follow you so ensure you set a good example and take part in the various fitness activities in the office. 

Physical benefits of a wellness coach


“Health is a state of the body. Wellness is a state of being.” 

What if I told you there was a way to not only better your physical health, but your mental health too? 

Cue health and wellness coaches

Health and wellness coaching is fast becoming one of the most beneficial and constructive financial commitments you can make. But the thing is, a number of people don’t quite understand the concept or see the benefits of it until they try it out for themselves. 

More than an exercise trainer

A wellness coach is more than just a personal trainer. We look at your entire wellbeing and focus on giving support and guidance to help develop both your psychological and physical health. 

Basically, a health and wellness coach is someone who not only helps you reach optimal physical health but helps you improve your mental state of being too. This person becomes your guide to holistic wellbeing (a good health guru, if you will). Combining healthy lifestyle choices, a good diet, exercise, stress optimisation and sleep are ways your coach will help you to become the best version of yourself. 

Some of the focus areas of wellness coaching include: 

  • Nutrition 
  • Health 
  • Weight
  • Stress

For business and individuals

Wellness coaching can also move beyond the focus of one individual. We also work with companies to help improve their brand’s work culture and improve the health and stress levels of employees. 

Have a look at this article on how to bring wellness into the workplace (it’s a great read!)

Let’s take a look at some of the psychological and physical benefits of a wellness coach…

Psychological benefits of a wellness coach

There is a close link between mental and physical wellbeing, in fact, the two of them work hand in hand. 

Here are some of the focus areas of psychological improvement through wellness coaching:

1. Guidance and support

Trust us when we say we have “been there and done that”. Our personal experience and background expertise are what allows us to help you work through struggles in your life. 

Our outside perspective can offer a grounded and objective reality to help bring about concrete goals and a tranquil mindset. 

Issues such as stress, anxiety and depression are tackled head-on to help you take logical steps in overcoming these mental blocks. 

Check out this article on how to handle anxiety in the workplace. It is this kind of support and guidance that we seek to consistently give you. 

2. Real advice for real people

We don’t believe in fads. We don’t do ‘get-fit-fast’ plans or ‘lose-weight-today’ diets. We create our plans based on your individual needs and goals. 

Everyone is different. Everyone has different goals and capabilities. We work with you to create health and wellness plans that not only provide you with advice and steps to reach your mental and physical goals, but we are with you every step of the way to ensure you get to your end goal. 

3. Mental wellbeing and positivity

Health starts in the mind. We help change your mindset and work with you to get healthy through positive reinforcement. 

This isn’t some kind of “you can do it” on repeat, we help you to shift your view of yourself into one that is positive, allowing you to believe in your capabilities and be comfortable in your own strength and body. 


Physical benefits of a wellness coach


Physical benefits of a wellness coach

1. Tailored fitness and eating plan

We create our eating and exercise plans to include real, nutritious and healthy meals, as well as exciting and interactive workouts. 

We encourage you to eat healthy food that makes you happy and give you all the information you need about healthy eating and ingredients. 

We also ensure you are fully equipped with all the knowledge needed to never feel like you are ‘doing something wrong’ in the gym. 

2. Someone to motivate you

You’re less likely to cancel a gym session when you know one of our coaches will check in with you, if not train with you at the gym. 

This accountability helps encourage you to stick to your plan and give you both an in-person and digital (we’re always just one message away) training buddy. 

3. Challenge yourself

When working with you, we get to know your limits and capabilities. We help you to push outside of your comfort zone (but never force you to the point of injury), helping you to create new limits and reach new heights in your physical abilities (you’re stronger than even you may know!). 

Your wellbeing starts with you

Want to take the next step and find out more about our wellness coaching? Get in touch with our team and we can work on finding the balance and health in your life. 



It turns out, it takes a little more than just an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It also takes Vitamin D3, Probiotics and Omega 3.

When it comes to the right vitamins and supplements to take, there is a lot of confusion and noise. Which is why we decided to set the record straight and clear the air in the supplement-sphere. We did the research, chatted to the wellness experts and have put together the top 3 supplements you need, plus an extra two if you’re feeling extra healthy. 

3 supplements you need to take

Vitamin D3 

We like to call this the sunshine vitamin, although this is technically known as a pre-hormone and not a vitamin. Vitamin D is synthesised in our bodies with the help of sunlight. Which means that if you are someone who spends a lot of times indoors (the majority of people in a 9 to 5 desk job do not spend enough time in the sun), then you risk deficiency. 

Did you know that vitamin D is responsible for creating hundreds of enzymes that help prevent disease in our bodies? The vitamin affects more than 2000 genes in the body. 

You might already know that you need vitamin D for healthy bones (read: 5 Natural (& Effective) Ways To Build Stronger Bones), but experts have also recently found that this vitamin can help build strong muscles, helps combat inflammation and strengthens the immune system. With some doctors commenting on the anti-cancer effects of this supplement. 

How much vitamin D do I need a day?

The recommended intake is 400–800 IU/day, or 10–20 micrograms.

Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils)

Fish oil supplements (such as salmon oil) are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, these substances help a number of functions in your body, from cell growth to muscle activity. 

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in food and our bodies cannot produce them. Fish oil contains two different types of omega-3 fatty acids known as: 

  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)

Fish oils help to reduce inflammation and prevent chronic disease. They can also boost the immune system, improve your vision, joint and cardiovascular health, strengthen your nails, skin and hair, improve metabolic function, boost your mood, cognitive functioning and even enhance nutrient absorption. (Wow – these really are super supplements!)

How much Omega-3 fatty acids do I need a day?

There is no exact guideline as to how many milligrams of  mega-3 fatty acids recommend a minimum of 250–500 mg combined EPA and DHA each day if you are a healthy adult. 


Your gut contains a wide range of beneficial bacteria, also known as good bacteria. This bacteria is vital for your mental and physical wellbeing. 

However, factors such as stress, poor diet and not exercising can disrupt this bacteria. You can consume both dietary probiotics through foods such as kombucha, yoghurt and kefir and through supplements. 

Probiotics are known to significantly improve issues with digestion such as stomach cramps, bloating, and even lactose intolerance. 

Athletes and those who perform regular exercise have noted the benefits of probiotics for their immune system and gut health. The benefits of probiotics include assistance in regular bowel movements, boosted immune system, enhanced intestinal health and even promoting healthy cholesterol levels. 

How many doses of probiotics should I take a day?

There are a number of different probiotic organisms, because of this, there is no defined dosage. It’s a good idea to chat with your pharmacist or doctor regarding the right amounts you should take and what supplement will work best for you. 

2 Bonus Supplements



Glutamine is an amino acid produced mainly in your muscles. The main purpose of amino acids is to act as building blocks for proteins in the body. 

Proteins are vital to the health and function of your organs. They also help in transporting substances in your blood and helping the body to fight off harmful pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. 

Glutamine supplements help to improve your body’s immune function and preserve the protein stores in your body. Glutamine acts as a source of energy for your immune and intestinal cells. It aids in gut function, minimises muscle breakdown (great for those of us who love to workout) and helps to improve how your body metabolises protein. 

This is an especially great supplement to take during times of stress or vigorous exercise. 

What is the correct dosage of glutamine a day?

L-glutamine supplements taken within 3 to 6 grams are generally considered safe. Experts suggest 5 grams is a good amount to take a day. 

Protein powder

Protein powder is an incredibly popular supplement among fitness enthusiasts, athletes, bodybuilders and those following vegan and vegetarian diets.

Psst – here’s a great blog on how to build muscle on a vegan diet.  

Your body relies on protein to help repair tissue, build muscle and create important hormones and enzymes. 

There is a wide range of protein powders. Some of these include: 

  • Whey protein (made from milk) 
  • Pea protein 
  • Brown rice protein 
  • Hemp protein 
  • Casein protein (also made from milk but absorbed at a much slower rate)
  • Mixed plant proteins 

How much protein should I have a day?

This will depend heavily on your weight, gender and exercise routine. 

On average, women should have 46 grams of protein each day and men should aim for 56 grams.

Remember that protein shakes should be used in combination with a healthy diet and should not be used to replace nutrients and meals. 

The bottom line

By adding supplements to a healthy diet and exercise routine, you are ensuring your body gets the minerals and nutrients it needs to perform at it’s best abilities. 

Keep in mind that supplements, although beneficial, are not essential and act as as additional ‘supplement’ to a healthy lifestyle. 

Want to find out more about supplements? Get in touch with us and we can walk you through everything you need to know.