June 2020 Newsletter: Picking the Right Supplement
Updated: Jun 23, 2022
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Chances are, you or someone you know takes vitamins and supplements. In the United States, it is estimated that about one-third of the population also takes supplements. But do you know how to choose what’s best for you? In this newsletter, we’re going to explore some of the key elements to remember when choosing dietary supplements. First off, remember that everyone is different and no two bodies function the same way—furthermore, that means that everyone has different dietary, exercise, and supplemental needs. Just as we talked about how some diets may bode well for someone else does not mean that it will fit your lifestyle and body composition. Also, as you age and go through different cycles of life, your body’s needs might change and that’s OK! Our bodies are incredible and can adapt to a lot more than we think. Here are some tips to finding the right supplements: 1. Track Diet to find Nutrition Gaps: Food is, without a doubt, the best resource for vitamins and nutrients. But sometimes, we might need a little extra help because there is no miracle food that supplies everything. Keeping track of what you eat can be a great way to find patterns in what nutrients you are getting sufficient amounts of, and what you might be lacking. For example, if you are a vegetarian, you might need to add some iron and vitamin B12 through supplements. The best diet is the one that makes your body function at its peak, so we recommend as much whole, organic foods as possible. 2. Avoid Fad Supplements: Just as we recommend that you stay away from fad diets, we recommend that you stay away from supplements that seem “cool” or popular. Though they are being promoted everywhere by influencers and seem to be "cutting edge" or an easy way to achieve specific results, they can be made of chemicals or simply might just be a bad fit for your body. Some fad supplements that have been brought to popularity recently include: acai berry, turmeric, collagen, MCT oil, or supplements advertised to make you lose weight or become a better athlete. Stick to a basic supplement with a composition close to raw food.
3. Avoid Chemicals: When picking up a supplement, it’s a good idea to look at the label. So often dietary supplements include fillers, binders, colorings, and flavorings. Things to look out for and avoid are: artificial colors, hydrogenated oils, toxic metals like lead or mercury, Talc or Magnesium Silicate, Asbestos, or Titanium Dioxide. Try to find non-GMO and non-processed supplements made from raw food concentrates. The supplements made of raw nutrients are going to be best. If possible, find the source of the ingredients. Do some digging online if you can’t find all the information on the box. Some independent organizations for quality testing include ConsumerLab.com, NSF International, and US Pharmacopeia. 3. Less can be More: Taking many supplements does not always equate good health. Many supplements contain active ingredients that have strong effects on the body. Taking too many supplements may cause imbalances in your composition and may even react against each other. Additionally, taking more than the recommended serving amount is counterproductive. Though you may want to take more to feel the effects faster, your body cannot process too much at one time, and actually can react negatively. For example, taking too much vitamin A can cause headaches and liver damage and reduce bone strength. Or adding too much fiber into your diet can be detrimental, as it can cause bloating, gas, and constipation. Overall, be aware that you might experience a bad reaction to a dietary supplement and track how you feel. It takes about 28 consistent days to really feel the effects of any change you make, so be patient and introduce a few key supplements at a time. So overall, finding a supplement can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be stressful! Consult your doctor as to what nutrients you could be missing out on and try adding 2-3 good quality supplements. Always read the label and try to find non-GMO, non-processed supplements made from raw food concentrates, as well as the source of the ingredients. Any dietary supplements should be taken in conjunction with good diet and exercise habits. So try some supplements for a minimum of 28 days and see how you feel.
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This newsletter article was originally post in June 2020.
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