Even with all of the food options available, chances are you are not getting your recommended dose of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.
This is partly because our diet is far more specialized than we think (you’d be amazed at just how much corn you are eating on a daily basis) and partly because these options mean that we neglect the foods that are healthiest in favor of those that are the tastiest.
Unfortunately, there is so much marketing out there that it is often quite difficult to determine just what you should supplement with. Every week, a new product claims to be the solution to all of your health problems when all it will really do is put a hole in your wallet. Below are five supplements that you should absolutely look into.
List of Supplements to Take
The first supplement you should look into taking is a digestive aid. This is because your body will simply not function properly until your digestive system is working well. You can eat only the most expensive and healthiest organic foods, but unless your body can properly digest the nutrients found in them you may as well be eating junk food.
There are a number of signs that your digestive system isn’t working as well as it should including irregular bowel movements and bowel consistency, brittle fingernails, and constant gas. One of the main causes of this is low stomach acid, which is a common symptom of stress. When choosing a digestive supplement, make sure it contains Betaine HCl in addition to digestive enzymes.
The second supplement you should absolutely take is possibly the one with the most health benefits. Because most of the livestock in the world is now being fed a grain diet, we are no longer receiving an adequate amount of Omega-3 fatty acids. Our cavemen ancestors ate as much as 400g of them a week, whereas a person in a developed country would be lucky to eat just 4g. Omega 3 fatty acids perform a number of very important functions.
They help you lose weight by properly regulating the fat burning enzymes and the fat storing ones. They improve concentration, brain function, and mood. They reduce stress and blood pressure. They even reduce the frequency of pimples and improve overall skin quality. Look for a good fish oil or cod liver oil supplement to take daily.
Finally, find a good multivitamin that is suited to your gender and age. This is because you cannot take a set of pills for every specific vitamin and mineral that you may not be getting enough of, and a multivitamin will hopefully bridge the nutritional gap adequately. There are multivitamins out there now that are even geared towards your particular lifestyle.
Whether you are active, pregnant, or even breastfeeding, chances are there is a specific formulation that will meet your needs. Despite these benefits, do not think that these are a silver bullet. Ultimately, you should be eating a healthy and diverse diet that will provide you the nutrients you need on a daily basis. The rest is just a band aid type solution.