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So you have a busy practice, looking after people every day! But are you looking after yourself? When you are self-employed you literally cannot afford to get sick.
At healthyliving our motto is “prevention is better than cure”. Of course it is not always possible to stay on top of your game – we all have our off days – but with a good arsenal at our disposal, perhaps you can keep those off days to a minimum.
Here we look at some great vitamins to take if you are a therapist needing to keep healthy.
MSM (Methy Sulfonyl Methane)
Being a therapist, your hands are your work tools therefore an investment. They are also under a lot of pressure due to the nature of your work so looking after them is important. MSM is effective in the fight against Osteoarthritis and other joint pain due to its high sulphur content, one of the building blocks of healthy joints. It is also helps repair muscles, improves joint flexibility and circulation. It has a detoxifying effect and may help your skin glow.
Are you feeling tired and run down? We love this top quality multivitamin. When used daily, you should notice improvements in your energy levels and immune system. Vitalise includes 22 nutritionally concentrated foods to maintain energy levels and deal with the stresses of being a therapist. This is the perfect vitamin for a busy therapist who is always on the go.
A cold is not to be sniffed at and treating a client whilst holding back the sniffles is neither easy nor pleasant. A Vogel Echinacea can help fight the misery of colds and flu whilst strengthening the immune system. A must have for your bag. As soon as you feel a cold coming on, take a few drops of Echinacea in a little water to catch that cold before it catches you.
Comvita Olive Leaf Extract
Similar to Echinacea, Olive Leaf is a great immune booster. But it also delivers a powerful free radical scavenging ability, helping to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and assist normal heart function. It supports the natural defence system and promotes year-round good health and well-being. Naturally high in antioxidants, taken daily it is a great daily remedy to take every day as a preventative.
Manuka honey has been enjoying certain celebrity recently thanks to its antibacterial properties. It helps that it is quite readily available and very pleasant to eat. Noted for its healing abilities, this superfood has been used when nothing else worked, from treating antibiotic resistant MRSA super bugs to a sore throat. At the first sign of infection a teaspoon of this honey with a rating above 10 will see you right. The higher the rating, the better.
So to summarise, our top five vitamins for massage therapists are:
Comvita Olive leaf extract
You take care of others’ pain, make sure you prevent your own.