Do you really need supplements for optimal wellbeing?

Do you really need supplements for optimal wellbeing?… we chat with Michael Ramsey of STRONG pilates + JOURNEY wellness retreats to discuss the world of supplements…

Do you think it’s important to add wellness supplements into your daily routine to optimise your health and wellbeing? Why or why not?

ABSOLUTELY. We can get all the nutrients we need from a balanced diet, but in reality most people are busy and make convenient food choices to suit their lifestyle, or simply don’t understand what a balanced diet is. If we can get all the vitamins and nutrients we need in a concentrated, highly effective manner through supplementation, then why wouldn’t we? We can perform at our peak both physically and mentally through the help of supplementation AND alleviate deficiencies and health related issues. 

What does your wellness routine look like (for morning and night)? 

I’m starting to really LOVE my mornings! A few years ago when I was running F45 studios, my morning were CRAZY. I’d be out of bed and at work within 30 minutes, living off coffee and adrenaline. Now I try to take things as slow as possible. I do a lot of my critical thinking & planning for the day in the shower (aim for a 6:30am alarm). I find the calmer I begin my day, the better my decision making, and the happier I am. My morning supplements include:

Daily Greens – I’m currently taking Athletic Greens. It’s the easiest way to get a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants.

A Nootropic – Alpha Brain by Onnit – I started taking supplements to support cognitive function about 6 months ago and haven’t looked back. I don’t have that fogginess I use to get and I seem to be far more productive. It took a few months to notice the difference.

A Probiotic – TONIC ONE by James Wellness – This stuff is unreal. I’ve had gut issues my whole life and a good probiotic is essential. I like the added benefit of marine collagen in Tonic One.

Joint Health – Athletic Body by Asynergy – This is a new product I’ve been trying and it’s proving to be really effective. I broke my ankle 2 years ago and never really recovered. This has helped a lot with inflammation and improving joint health significantly.

COFFEE – Almond Latè – ALWAYS. 

I don’t generally eat until midday and don’t really take any further supplements until the evening. If I can get a meditation or breathing exercise into my day then I will. When I train I’ll always follow up with a protein shake – Tropeaka or ATP Science

Evening Supplements include: 

Broth – Nutra Organics – I’ll have this before and/or after dinner. Overtime and with consistency this has really helped with my gut issues.

Magnesium – Either Magnesium Flakes in a bath or NOWAY Hot Chocolate by ATP Science. This is great for recovery and also helps me sleep better. I think magnesium is the MOST important supplement we should be taking. 85% of the population are deficient and don’t even know it.

Probiotic – TONIC ONE by James Wellness – There’s a lot of merit to taking a probiotic when your body is resting at night. I generally feel better in the mornings when I take a probiotic right before bed. 

What does your workout routine look like?

It changes day-to-day depending on my workload! I try to train at least once, sometimes twice a day when I’m in a good routine. Bare minimum my week would incorporate:  

3 x STRONG Sessions (Pilates Inspired, low-impact, HIIT Cardio)

3 x STRENGTH Sessions (BeFIT, BodyFit, F45, or a GYM) 

1-2 x CONDITIONING Sessions (BeFIT, BodyFit, F45)

1 x Yoga Session (every 2nd week) 

How has this changed during COVID?

I’m pretty lucky at the moment because I have access to my STRONG studio. I’m pretty much doing 5 Pilates based sessions a week, A LOT of rowing, and I’ve got some heavy dumbbells in there as well for strength work.

During the first round of isolation I did plenty of bodyweight HIIT training which didn’t really work for me. I ended up a bit injured and sore! Since when did 31 feel so old haha. Pilates seems to be my calling these days!

Does your supplement routine change throughout different seasons?

Not really – I try to stick to the basics. When I’m training a lot I’ll often take a pre-workout or (legal) supplements to enhance my performance. I find I’ll get really into some things for a period of time and then just stop taking them. For me right now I’m loving nootropics and cognitive enhancers. I won’t be taking them for the rest of my life but they’re certainly the flavour of the week right now. 

What do you look for in a product (to buy and/or avoid)?

I pretty much only buy products my friends, or people I trust recommend to me. I try to avoid cheap, household mass-produced products. Quite often they have the cheapest ingredients and hide behind certain terminology. For example when you’re looking for a whey protein, you want avoid a ‘WHEY PROTEIN BLEND” (you’ll be able to read on the back under ‘ingredients’) – the word “BLEND” enables the manufacturer to put as little, or as much whey protein isolate in the product as they want. They may only have a small amount of high-quality whey protein in there but don’t need to disclose how much due to the word “BLEND” – this has been going on for years and years. 

Are there certain people who you think would especially benefit from taking wellness supplements?

I think anyone who is time-poor, and doesn’t eat a balanced diet, would benefit greatly from a supplement regime. I have friends who are nurses in Melbourne currently working LONG hours due to COVID. Shift work, with little sleep, and an unbalanced diet, is a recipe for a low-immune system. A government subsidised supplement regime for our frontline workers would be AMAZING. Doctors, Police, Firefighters, nurses, etc. 

Tessa James

Tessa James

Australian Actress & Founder of James Wellness


Michael Ramsey

Michael Ramsey

Founder of STRONG pilates + Journey Retreats


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