Are you looking for ways to optimize your health and well-being?
One way you can do this is by taking nutritional supplements. While it is impossible to get all the nutrients we need from the foods we eat, taking multivitamins and mineral supplements can help ensure that our bodies are getting what they need.
In this blog post, we will explore why nutritional supplements are important, how to find a good quality supplement, and which specific nutrients you should look for.
The Need for Nutritional Supplements
Unfortunately, many of us don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables to get the basic requirements of nutrients needed for optimal health. Additionally, due to climate change and industrialized farming practices, the soils in which our food is grown are often lacking in key nutrients; this means that even if we do eat the recommended seven to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, we may still be nutrient-deficient!
Taking a one-a-day vitamin pill likely won’t provide us with enough of the essential vitamins and minerals we require either, so it’s important that if you decide to use a nutritional supplement for health reasons, you select one that contains an adequate amount of key vitamins and minerals.
Finding Quality Nutritional Supplements
It’s important to do research when selecting a quality supplement – not all supplements are created equal! Read labels carefully to make sure your supplement contains at least 30 mg each of B Vitamins (B1-B12), 1000 mg of Vitamin C, 200 mg of Vitamin E, zinc, magnesium (and other minerals based on your individual needs).
Also, be sure to check whether or not the manufacturer has good reviews and third-party certifications (such as GMP) as these indicate that their products have been properly tested for safety.
Which Nutrients Should I Look For?
When choosing a supplement, look for at least 30mg of each B vitamin (B1 – B12), 1000mg of Vitamin C, 200mg of Vitamin E, zinc, magnesium (and other minerals based on your individual needs). Other important vitamins include A, D3, and K2. If possible try adding some natural ingredients like aloe vera extract, green tea extract, and turmeric curcumin extract.
Each person's body requires different amounts of these essential nutrients depending on age, weight, gender, etc. Be sure to consult with your doctor before starting any new dietary supplement program.
Aids for Digestion
To ensure that your body is breaking down and absorbing the foods you eat, you need digestive aids. After decades of eating processed foods, and due to aging your digestion becomes impaired. To support the proper breakdown of the foods you eat, purchase a good-quality, plant-based digestive enzyme.
You'll find this at your local health food store or in the nutrient section of a pharmacy or grocery store. Follow the directions on the label, which will generally tell you to take 2 capsules 15 minutes before each meal. Immediately you will notice that you do not have gas, bloating, or burping after a meal and within days your bowel movements will improve.
Protein powder is an essential part of your weight-loss program. Find a brand that tastes delicious, as you will be using the powder as a snack or meal supplement often throughout the day. Protein powders come from many sources, including whey, fermented soy, hemp, pea, and rice. If you are not allergic to dairy products, whey protein provides the highest biological value of protein.
Many whey protein powders are lactose-reduced, and some lactose-intolerant individuals can eat them without symptoms. If you choose soy protein make sure it is not genetically modified and is organic. I prefer fermented soy protein, which is much easier to digest, as the protein is predigested and offers many health benefits.
Whatever type of protein you choose, make sure it tastes great, or you won't want to use it. Pick a plain flavor to add to cooked foods and flavored varieties to enhance yogurt and other bland-tasting foods.
Metabolism Boosts/Fat, Carb, and Sugar Blockers
You may not need fat-burning supplements, but people who have been dieting for years often need some help in boosting their metabolism or blocking the absorption of the occasional fattening food. Green tea extract, cayenne, bitter orange, yerba maté, caffeine, and ginger root are powerful thermogenic, which can help burn fat faster by enhancing your metabolism. Look for metabolism boosters containing these ingredients at the health food store.
In conclusion, adding nutritional supplements to your daily diet is an effective way to ensure that your body is getting the essential vitamins and minerals it needs for optimal health. Be sure to select high-quality products from reputable manufacturers who test their products for safety; also keep in mind which specific nutrients you should be looking for when selecting a supplement.
With a bit of research and knowledge about your own individual body’s needs, you can find just the right combination of nutritional supplements that will help you achieve optimal health!