I may not be a nutritionist yet, but I do know a thing or two about the importance of essential vitamins and minerals for proper functioning of the body. Therefore, If your diet isn’t rich in fruits, vegetables and nutritious foods, you are probably deficient in essential vitamins and nutrients that are vital to your overall health. And while many of us do consume comparatively “healthy diets”, rich in an abundance of whole foods, chances are you probably aren’t getting enough to fill in nutritional gaps, thus, protecting your body against occasional diet slip-ups. Especially since so much of our foods today are grown in soil lacking adequate nutrients and with the possibility of our meats and produce, being injected with health threatening additives and hormones.
On the contrary, taking supplemental vitamins may not provide any optimal health benefits if you are not lacking in any essential vitamins and/or minerals (as approved by you physician) and don’t feel a need to implement them into your diet. If this sounds like you then congratulations, you are getting all the essential vitamins you need on a regular basis. Nevertheless, supplements do offer and easy, just-in-case option whenever you may need it!
Here are my list of 3 beneficial supplements to incorporate into your diet and how they can benefit you. Do you need them?
But before we jump into the list, here are some things to keep in mind when buying any dietary supplements……
- Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary changes.
- Good, high-quality multi-vitamin formulas are derived using pure, biologically formulated ingredients with live/active molecules and do not contain any ingredients that are toxic, contains allergens or artificial ingredients. In fact, the best whole-food vitamins do not contain any GMOs, artificial flavors/ingredients, wheat, soy, gluten or diary and is certified vegetarian and/or vegan.
- If you are taking any prescribed medication, consult with your doctor before hand to be sure there aren’t any contradictions or complications.
- With very little regulation on dietary supplements in the U.S., do your research prior to making your final purchase and be sure to purchase your supplements from a reputable company and brand.
Although not intended to be a food substitute, taking a whole-foods multi vitamin daily, is a great way to obtain most of the essential nutrients you need each day in a small dose. Daily consumption can help prevent deficiencies in your diet thus, preventing chronic illnesses.
→ I am currently taking MEGA FOODS Multi for Women – A Balanced Whole Food Multivitamin which includes 15mg of FoodState Iron to help replenish iron lost during monthly cycles, B Vitamins to aid in metabolism, Methylated B6 & B12 to help support balanced hormones and endocrine function, and Biotin along with Beta Carotene and Vitamins A, C & E to promote healthy skin, nails and hair.
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OMEGA-3 FISH OIL (ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (EFA)
If you don’t have a strong taste for fish and don’t acquire a lot of poultry in your diet throughout the week much like myself, then fish oil supplements are a great option for you as deficiencies in omega-3 fatty acids can cause a host of health problems including pre-developed aging and heart related conditions.
→ I am currently taking NORDIC NATURALS Complete Omega which provides full-spectrum essential fatty acid support that blends omega-3s EPA and DHA from fish oil for a healthy heart, normal brain function, and a positive mood, with omega-6 GLA from borage oil for healthy joints and skin, and omega-9. It’s the omega “multi” for comprehensive support.
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Probiotics are one of the most important dietary supplements to incorporate into your daily diet as they possess a multitude of health benefits including optimal digestive health and function, immune strength and support, prevention of common infections, defense against food-borne illnesses, management and healing of most gastrointestinal disorders among others. If you have recently taken any antibiotics or you are constantly getting sick, probiotics can be a great addition to your diet as it supports good balance among microbes in your gut, providing more of the good-for-you bacteria that occur in a naturally healthy.
→ I am currently taking RENEW LIFE Everyday Probiotic, Ultimate Flora which is a high-potency formula with 10 scientifically studied Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus strains. This daily probiotic supports digestive and immune health so you feel better, lighter, and more energized. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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As with all supplements, please consult with your doctor before taking any of the supplements mentioned in this post thus, take these suggestions at your own risk.
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