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1. What products, items or tools can the confident multi-tasker easily keep and get inside a drawer at home or on her desk that would help:
- Keep her energy levels high,
- Keep her alert,
- Give her a mood boost whenever she needs it,
- Maintain good health, skin and hair, so she instantly and always looks fresh,
- Keep track of her activities and what she plans to do at work or with her family?
There are several energy and memory boosters available in the market and some better known ingredients include vitamin B complex, gingko biloba and ginseng.
Vitamin B complex is a popular supplement to possibly increase energy levels, but its mode of action is unclear.
They’re usually taken once daily, in the morning after breakfast.
It will be advisable not to take any vitamin B complex supplement with a multi-vitamin as it may lead to an overdose of vitamin B. Other vitamin B containing products include high dosage mixture of vitamin B1, B6, B12 and they are not to be taken together with vitamin B complex as well. In addition, they are not to be used in place of vitamin B complex as their dosages are different and not interchangeable.
How gingko biloba increases energy is unknown but is proposed to be due to its ability to inhibit platelet (the substance responsible for blood clots) aggregation, thereby, increasing blood flow to the brain. Blood, on the other hand, provides the necessary nutrients to the brain. Thus, with increased circulation to the brain, we’ll feel more alert.
The recommended dose of gingko biloba is 120 mg of standardized gingko biloba per day, divided in two or three doses. There is no study to show that one brand is superior over another, but rather, you should take note if each item provides sufficient amount of required gingko biloba per day.
If you’re taking other medicines e.g. blood-thinners, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) etc, please check with your physician or pharmacist before taking gingko biloba as there may be a drug interaction.
The mechanism of action of ginseng is unknown as well but is proposed to be due to its ability to influence the effect of acetylcholine (a substance that carries signals in the brain), hence, it increases memory power.
It’ll be difficult to determine how much ginseng to consume each day for maximal effect because there are three types of ginseng: American ginseng, Korean gingseng and Panax ginseng; and each has its own daily required amount. The advice will then be to follow the instructions stated by the manufacturer.
Like gingko biloba, please check with your physician or pharmacist if you’re taking other medicines e.g. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anti-diabetic drugs etc, as there may be an interaction.
Other energy boosters are product which contains sulbutiamine, and essence of chicken. Some possible mood boosters which can fight the blues are St. John’s Wort and fish oil DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapantaenoic Acid). While they do not work instantaneously, their effectiveness was proven in medical studies. St. John’s Wort was found to be as effective as some of the convention anti-depressants while consumption of fish oil and EPA may alleviate symptoms such as depressed felling. It is important to note that these supplement are not direct replacement for medical supervision.
Please consult your doctor or pharmacist before choosing your supplement as we can aid you select the supplement that caters to your needs.
Lastly, you look yourself in the mirror and find that you are listless, feeling down and not radiating a healthy glow, it is your body shouting “STOP WORKING SO HARD!”
Take the hint and have a good rest! You will find that these problems will be solved by themselves.
2. What three health lessons or guidelines should the confident multi-tasker always keep in mind to ensure her well-being (since she’s always on-the-go and juggles a lot of duties)?
a) Prevention is better than cure. Take care of your body before it fails you.
b) Smoking is not a way to relieve stress.
c) 522: Exercise five times a week, take two portions of fruits and two portions of vegetables each day.
3. It’s easy to forget oneself when there are a lot of things that need to get done. How can the confident multi-tasker keep herself centred so that she can fulfill her needs as well as her family’s?
To keep herself centered, she can try taking vitamin B complex, gingko biloba or ginseng supplement (as discussed in Q1).