Supplements are a great way to ensure our body gets what it needs to be strong and healthy. They are called “supplements” because they are supposed to supplement your diet. When we were “hunting and gathering” for every meal, our food was closer to nature and more likely to include everything we need to be healthy. In these busy times… well, let’s just say that might not be so true…
Missing trace vitamins and minerals can lead to symptoms like fatigue, or even depression. With so many choices and lots of conflicting information, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to nutritional supplements. I have some personal guidelines so I thought I’d share them if you’re interested…
Multi-Vitamins ~ These are for everyone. Take them with your lunch.
Calcium ~ Girls need a separate calcium supplement. Get one with Magnesium, and keep in mind that we can only absorb about 500mg at once. If you think you are getting enough Vitamin D (from sunlight, ) skip it here.
More tips: If you take it before bed it might help you sleep. Take it separately from your multi-vitamin so it doesn’t inhibit your iron absorption.
B12 ~ For energy (?) I just started this one. Non-carnivores are more likely to need extra. Some say to take it in the morning… maybe this is why I’m not a morning person:/ hmmmm… I’ll let you know.
Anti-oxidants ~ These are a must if you are working out. I take Flaxseed oil a couple of times a day. You have many choices here.
Eat breakfast! ~ This is a challenge for me, so I do a protein shake on the way out the door. I have tried a lot of them, and found a really yummy one (email me if you want to know). Seriously people, your body will think you are starving yourself and you will not burn as many calories throughout the day and will most likely overeat at lunch. Coffee is not breakfast… but I do put it in my shake:)
Drink like a fish ~ If you are not hydrated you should really start there, it’s like running your car low on oil. Water works just fine. Check the calories on that “sports drink” most of them have more than one serving in that bottle you just chugged down… if you must then cut it at least in half with water.
So this is what I do:
~ Multi-vitamin (with lunch)
~ Flaxseed Snacks Less Than 80 Calories oil caplets
~ Calcium (before I go to sleep)
You are a beautiful and unique snowflake. Talk to your doctor. If you have been feeling “not quite Healthy Meals To Eat right” it might just be a simple supplement that will make you feel like a million bucks again; )
See you at the gym…