We should all strive to have a healthy diet and be mindful of what we put in our body. Food is more than fuel. Our body needs nutrients from healthy food for growth and repair, to protect our immune system, and to generally function every day, but unfortunately, even the healthiest of diets don't always deliver.
There are a lot of things that our body needs that it doesn't get from food. The RDA, Recommended Daily Allowance in the UK, for example, dates back to the practice of rationing during World War II. The RDA is based not on what our bodies need, but on what was available at the time.
Added to this food is produced differently to the way it once was; it is often processed and contains additives. Foods that traditionally contained high levels of vitamin C such as broccoli no longer have the same nutritional value because they have been sprayed with pesticides which negate much of their healthy content.
To make sure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs, it may be necessary to take supplements, the right supplements that is!
Dietary supplements are often taken in tablet form, they are either extracted from food sources or are synthetic, and are a concentrated form of a specific nutrient.
There is a lot of information out there about supplements, and wandering into a health food shop, or searching online can be an overwhelming experience; it can be difficult to know where to start.
You can cover your bases with the 10 supplements mentioned in the link below:
This link will give you a comprehensive list of the supplements you should consider taking, and why; it also contains advice on dosages and the best time to take your supplements. Check it out!
You need to know about dosages when you start taking supplements because taking too many can have some adverse effects, and too few can be ineffective. It is also important to note that if you have a pre-existing medical condition, or are on medication you should talk to your doctor before embarking on a regime of supplements because there could be some contraindications.
I have my own personal list of supplements I take that work well for me. Check out my spreadsheet at:
You will find a list of my favourite supplements, the dosage I take, the times I take them, and where I sourced them. I mostly shop on Amazon where you can read reviews from other customers.
It is important to buy your supplements from a reputable source so don't go looking for them on craigslist or eBay – you need good quality supplements or you are just wasting your time and money!
Everyone has their own requirements as far as supplements are concerned, so find the combination that is right for you. Think about your diet, lifestyle and what kind of health benefits you want to achieve by taking them. Remember supplements are not supposed to replace a healthy diet, but to be part of it!
So just to recap; not everything we need for our body to perform to its optimum is available in our regular diet so you might want to consider taking health supplements. Always get your supplements from a reputable source. Read up on the supplements you take, and make sure that you take the right dosage; check out the above-mentioned sites. Find a combination of supplements that compliment your diet, lifestyle and goals. That is it really, give it a go and see if you can feel the benefits.