I get asked daily about supplements. Which the best one to take is, the dosage, what works for a specific condition. And I see post after post in facebook groups recommending specific ones with a life-changing story. And it frustrates the hell out of me!
Because it’s not as simple as that. Nutritional needs are unique and dependent on the individual and just taking a supplement is symptom management not dealing with the underlying cause (which is what I always recommend).
I am definitely not against supplements and believe that the right programme combined with diet and lifestyle changes can make a HUGE difference to how you feel. But it’s important to approach with caution and so here’s my take on it.
- Symptom management is a short term solution not a long term plan for managing your health issues
- Just because it worked for them, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Our bodies are so unique and I work on the basis of bio-individuality.
- Not all supplements are created equal:
If you are thinking about taking a supplement, don’t just go to the high street shop and get one. You need to take into consideration lots of other factors, not just which nutrient.
Here’s a quick guideline:
- Is it a vitamin that needs other nutrients to be absorbed and therefore you need one with those added in as well?
- What strength do you need- therapeutic or just a top up?
- What form is it in…tablet, gel, powder, liquid. If you have gut health issues then tablets won’t be easily digested and therefore you won’t absorb alot. I personally recommend taking a powder or liquid as possible as its absorbed straight into the bloodstream?
- What else is added to it….any additives, fillers etc or is it just the nutrient in its purest form?
Hint: if there are extras you may be better finding a different one.
- Do you actually need it or can you get it from food?
- And most importantly are there any interactions with any medication you are on?
Not sure about some of these? Then speak to a nutritionist or healthcare provider to check first. Just because it’s healthy and natural doesn’t mean you should necessarily be taking it!
- I don’t recommend just one brand and only recommend supplements I have personally tried or have used with clients and seen results. Plus they have to have a strong research basis.
- In the same way you review your medication, you should review your supplements. You may have taken something because you were deficient but after taking the supplement levels are up and you just need a maintenance dose or can manage it through food.
And like I said, it isn’t a solution on its own. Look at making diet and lifestyle changes first and supplements as an addition if you need a bit of a boost.
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