In Conversation with Daisy from City Survivor
I have a confession. After running out of Daisy’s Vital Minerals: Magnesium I bought a magnesium supplement from a leading high street store. I can hereby confirm that said cheapo supplement is not in the same ball park as Vital Minerals and you get what you pay for. Sorry Daisy.
Anyway, enough of my shopping faux pas, I’d like to formerly introduce the very lovely Daisy founder of City Survivor. City Survivor is an incredible brand I’ve talked about before. You can read my previous posts here and here. Thank you for joining me for ‘In Conversation With..’ Daisy. I always love chatting to you and learn so much.
Please tell us a little more about yourself.
I’m a Nutritional Therapist of over 10 years, I’ve spent a lot of time working in health stores which I love, and it’s how I advanced my knowledge of supplements and natural remedies over the years since qualifying. I live in London with my husband Vijay who’s a nurse.
What Prompted You to Develop Your Own Range of Supplements?
The world of supplements is super confusing – so many remedies that it’s hard to know what’s right for you or what’s good quality (if you haven’t spent years becoming a geek about it!). So I decided to make a range that’s easy to understand, focusing on the most common everyday health concerns I see. Plus, there’s huge variation in the quality & efficacy of nutrition ingredients out there; I won’t compromise and use the best nutrient forms, never cheap low-quality ingredients.
Which vitamins/minerals should perimenopausal and menopausal women be concerned with getting more of/supplementing?
Bone density is a huge concern; this is the time when low oestrogen puts us at risk of bone density loss. Ensuring good Vitamin D levels is essential – deficiency is common in the UK so supplementing is important. In addition, Vitamin K2 is much overlooked. Vitamin K2 is lacking in our diets (it’s found in fermented foods) and it helps put dietary calcium into bones. So, I’d say supplementing Vitamin D2 and K2 is essential – and usually magnesium, too.
Which vitamins/minerals can help ease their sometimes debilitating menopausal symptoms?
Phytoestrogens are plant compounds that have a weak oestrogenic effect. So increasing these can help reduce hormonal symptoms. Unprocessed soy is a good source – try natural fermented tofu and tempeh rather than ‘fake meat’ processed foods. Can also be taken as a supplement – look for soy isoflavones. Other legumes (lentils, beans & sprouts), flaxseeds, and sage are sources too.
*Vitamin E has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flushes (must be Natural Vitamin E, as found in Pollution Protection Daily Multi). Vitamin E and Vitamin C may also help with vaginal symptoms. Vitamin C is important for collagen production which maintains not just our skin elasticity but that of our urinary tract and vagina too!
*Low energy and increased stress? B vitamins and Magnesium are your friend.
*Of course there are many herbs that can help too – but it’s important to check with your GP before using herbal medicines alongside prescription medications including HRT. If you struggle with memory and concentration, Ginkgo Biloba is one to look at.
If you were to recommend two City Survivor supplements to peri and menopausal women, which would they be and why?
I would highly recommend Pollution Protection Daily Multi and Vital Minerals Magnesium as a good basic supplement routine. Pollution Protection provides your Vitamin E, Vitamin C, B Vitamin Complex, Vitamin D3 & Vitamin K2. Vital Minerals Magnesium for its role in stress management, sleep support and bone health. Try 2 capsules of Pollution Protection at breakfast, 2 capsules of Vital Minerals Magnesium before bed.
Thank you for your time Daisy, I love learning from you and I’m sure my readers will too.
To chat to Daisy and shop City Survivor supplements visit www.citysurvivor.co.uk