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Should You Be Using Supplements?
There are so many conflicting opinions on health, wellness and fitness. One of the questions we get all the time is 'Do I really need to take a supplement?'
We can't give you a straight yes or no answer – that's for your health professional to give an opinion on. But we can tell you why we think supplements have an important role in health.
Most Diets Are Low In Nutrients
The average Western diet is full of a lot of things, but essential vitamins and minerals is not one of them. The same can be said of almost any weight loss diet you might be following.
Our modern lifestyle means that we get plenty of the macro-nutrients – protein, fat and carbohydrate – but almost none of the micro-nutrients in sufficient dosages.
We have overall low intakes of fiber,
minerals such as magnesium, vitamins such as B group vitamins, and antioxidants
- all thanks to our low intake of fruit
People who follow low fat diets are also at a much higher risk of being deficient in fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamin A, E, D and K and certain antioxidants.
Most Foods Are Lower In Nutrients Than They Were
We have recommended intakes of fruits, vegetables and other foods that should give us sufficient nutrition. But what if our foods are less nutritious than we think?
It's scary, and it's true. Due to the way that intensive farming methods work the land and deplete the soils, our food now holds fewer vitamins and minerals than it did 100 years ago.
Essential nutrients such as zinc, selenium and magnesium are significantly lower in crops than what they were in the 1960s or earlier. Combined with the processing methods and long periods of storage that reduce nutrient content, it's no wonder why we're all getting sicker.
More Nutrients Are Required For Chronic Health Conditions
Governments around the world recommend intake of vitamins and minerals at a particular amount that should be enough for the average healthy person. But what about those who aren't healthy?
When we are sick, whether it be a cold or
cancer, our bodies require more nutrients in order to perform the healing that
we need. Antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients and minerals are just some
of the more commonly depleted nutrients in people who are unwell.
If you're only getting the amount needed for a healthy person, it may mean you don't recover quickly, or at all, from a chronic condition.
The majority of people with a chronic condition most likely will need supplements to supply the necessary amounts for healing and recovery.
Supplements Can Take Your Health To The Next Level
Even if you were to consistently hit the RDAs for all of the nutrients required for health, you still might just enjoy average health. But what if you could take it up a notch, and power up your well-being to the next level?
For people who want to maintain weight with
minimal effort, improve sports performance, slow down the ageing process, or
even prevent future disease, extra nutrients are required.
Sure, you could eat all of those extra nutrients via food – but it would become a full-time job to juice, blend and cook enough food. In all likelihood, you'd most likely end up bloated and putting on weight due to the excess calories.
Supplements are a fantastic option for bringing in extra nutrients, antioxidants and more that can benefit health and well-being without needing to eat a dozen pounds of produce every day.
So are you ready to take your next step towards optimal health? Have a look at our range of supplements and see which supplements might fit your health and well-being goals.