Questions about supplements…I get them quite frequently. Questions and supplements. In fact, my BFF fitness accountability partner/early morning counselor and I were just talking about this exact topic this morning.
I have realized that while I most definitely think you can go way overboard with supplementation; it is important that we supplement as an “insurance policy,” especially as we get older.
The truth is that most of our nutrition should come from high quality, nutrient dense food. However, we don’t always take in the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals for optimal health and we definitely do not absorb them at 100% or even close. This is notably true in the increasing number of Americans with GI disease that obstruct the absorption of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Each year 62 million Americans are diagnosed with a digestive disorder. The incidence and prevalence of most digestive diseases increase with age. Other exceptions include hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic liver disease, which occur more commonly among young and middle-aged adults.GI Alliance
This is where supplementation plays a big role in promoting a continuous healthy lifestyle.
My vitamin cabinet has grown over the years, but I do my research and find high quality supplements that are worth the investment.
So take some time and assess your diet and supplements. Are they right for you? Do you need some different ones? Are you having symptoms that may be stemming from a deficiency? Ask a professional nutritionist or holistic practitioner. Reach out to me with any questions.
My daily supplement regimen:
– vitamin D
– iron (every other day) – also because I donate blood on a pretty regular basis
– Fish Oil
– Vit B complex (every other day)