Looking good, especially during this pandemic, can sometimes be a challenge. Statistics show that women are more likely to report physical and emotional symptoms of stress than men. Perhaps it is the woman’s multi-faceted nature that drives this. Modern women assume a high number of roles. They are at once mother, wife, worker, homemaker, teacher, and friend, with each role accompanied by unique tasks and responsibilities. It’s no wonder many of us women feel we no longer have the time to take care of ourselves. We only realize this when we see the physical manifestations of stress, such as wrinkles, eye bags, acne, or fatigue. While it is natural to place others first, as supermoms, we should not forget that dedicating time to our inner and outer beauty helps us become the best versions of ourselves that we can be.
Start from the Inside
First, let’s start with exercise. We all know the basic benefits of exercising: Toned muscles, increased strength, and a strong body. But there is a lesser-known reason as to why you should go to the gym: Healthy skin. Exercising leads to your body pumping more oxygenated blood into your skin, leaving you with a healthier glow. The reason for this is that working out also helps lower levels of the stress-related hormone, cortisol.
According to Noëlle S. Sherber, M.D., elevated cortisol levels can cause the collagen in the skin to break down which can increase wrinkles and sagging. So how about trying some online spin cycling classes? Maybe some yoga? Or perhaps some interval training?
Now you may ask yourself, “Why is it important to start from the inside?” Let’s get one thing straight: Looking good on the outside is important too. Having proper hygiene, setting a skincare routine, and dressing up is all very important when you want to feel good. But it also works both ways.
The intricate relationship between stress and skin conditions has been documented since ancient times, but recent clinical observations also link psychological stress to the onset or aggravation of multiple skin diseases. Being psychologically stressed and neglecting to have a proper diet and exercise regimen leads to chronic fatigue, poor vision, and decreased immunity.
But it’s not all about just avoiding diseases. Being healthy on the inside also offers great perks! It improves your performance in daily routines and can also boost your mood. When you are in a good mood, you tend to put more effort into your decisions and actions. Strong inner strength translates to confidence and power, which gear you up to be a great support system for yourself as well as your family—be it helping your kids with online classes, planning for the future with your partner, or discovering a new hobby for yourself.
The Power of the Right Vitamins
Now, let’s go to the nutrition part of improving our inner health. It’s important to take different vitamins and minerals, each with their own different benefits that we can use to strengthen our bodies. Vitamin E, specifically d-alpha tocopheryl succinate, is known as a fat-soluble antioxidant that keeps free radicals at bay.
Free radicals are compounds that damage cell structure, resulting to daunting health problems. So be sure to have a normal dietary intake of this vitamin, supermoms! The properties in Vitamin E can help heal damaged skin cells and tissues. It also contains antioxidants that slow down the aging process of cells which contributes to healthier skin, giving us that natural glow throughout the day.
A regular intake of sodium ascorbate, also known as Vitamin C, is also important. It is a water soluble vitamin that helps protect the immune system by enhancing the functions of white blood cells. Vitamin C also enhances immune response by enhancing cytokine production. These are proteins that transmit information to other cells, thus promoting the immune response. So don’t forget to take Vitamin C for that super strong immune system!
When taken in synergy, Vitamins C and E power up to protect the skin against the visible effects of stress, helping you not only feel strong and vibrant, but look it, too.
Zinc is a nutrient found throughout your body that helps your immune system, metabolism function and wound healing. Food sources of zinc include chicken, red meat and fortified breakfast cereals. Try keeping these foods in mind the next time you go grocery shopping.
The Supermom’s Everyday Source of Strength
It may seem stressful and daunting to search out sources for these important vitamins and minerals. Luckily, there are products such as Fortima out there to help you. Think of it as the supermom's everyday source of strength and beauty. It empowers all supermoms to conquer everyday challenges from work to home. This, combined with proper diet and exercise, can lead you to be the best supermom you can be.
Fortima user and 32-year old working mom Trina B. says, “Nagustuhan ko siya kasi yung lakas mo is para sa kahit na anong pagsubok sayo kailangan kayanin mo, syempre kakayanin mo yung mga trials bilang nanay.”
When you prioritize yourself and your health, you’ll start to notice so many amazing changes happening within you. You’ll feel more energetic during zoom calls, more lively when playing with your kids, and you’ll be able to fight off fatigue so you can still have time to cook that fancy recipe you watched on YouTube. The possibilities are endless!
There’s no question the pandemic has changed the whole world, but that doesn’t mean it can change your drive to be the best supermom you can be.
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