Supplements – Yes or No?
Questions about supplements…I get them quite frequently. Questions and supplements. In fact, my BFF/ fitness accountability partner/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 obstructs 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 consistently 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 taking supplements at all? Do you have any health issues that could potentially stem from lack of vitamins or essential minerals? Ask a professional nutritionist or holistic practitioner. Reach out to me with any questions.
My personal daily supplement regimen (which does not mean is that right one for you):
– Vitamin D (most Americans are deficient and this plays a huge role in immune support)
– Iron (every other day- also because I donate blood on a pretty regular basis)
– Magnesium (necessary for proper muscle/nerve function and quality sleep)
– Turmeric (anti-inflammatory to combat our toxic food and environment)
– Fish Oil
– Vit B Complex
– Collagen (beneficial for joint and skin health, especially as we age)
What about a probiotic?
Stephanie – That is a great question! I think a quality probiotic w/ at least 30 billion live cultures is a good idea. This also depends on if you are currently experiencing any gut/intestinal issues.