Do you need supplements?

March 19, 2017

Recently I have gotten quite a few questions about supplements, what I take, what you should take, etc. 

I first want to make it clear that supplements aren’t needed unless you are deficient in a nutrient or prescribed to take one by a doctor. However, supplements can be a good addition to your good diet. 

 

Here are a few that I find helpful for me and I recommend to others due to their prove effectiveness in scientific studies:

 

1. Fish oil

Fish oil is a great addition to your diet and has a ton of benefits from Omega 3. Taking fish oil regularly can improve bone and joint health, brain health, and heart health. Simply follow the recommended dosage for your specific fish oil, it is typically 1-2 capsules per day. 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Apple cider vinegar 

You can find this in your grocery store in a bottle, it must be unfiltered and organic. 1-2 tablespoons a day is recommended to improve digestion, lower blood sugar, promote weight loss, and lower cholesterol. 

You can also find these in tablet form at health stores and have similar effectiveness. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Multivitamin 

While any multivitamin will give you more than needed of your daily recommended amount, it is a good addition to your diet in case you are not getting all your key nutrients in on that day. Any average multivitamin will give you what you need, however you may want to get an over 50 or woman multivitamin if that applies to you. 

 

4. Fiber supplements

As we all know, fiber is really tough to get in our diet and has a ton of benefits such as keeping you fuller longer, improving digestion and keeping you regular. Typically fiber supplements will provide you with about 5 grams of fiber and can be found in capsule, gummy, or powder form. 

 

5. Protein powder 

Protein powder is a great option to get in your protein on the go or mixed into food such as oatmeal. There are many types due to their different origins such as soy, plant protein, whey protein, casein, etc. You may have to find the best one that you like the taste of and agrees with your stomach. 

I typically recommend to take no more than one scoop a day only because you will be more satisfied eating whole foods rather than just drinking a protein shake. 

 

If you’re having any other issues such as sleeping or muscle recovery there are some other supplements you can try. If you’re interested in learning more about them let me know and I can provide you with more information. 

 

One more quick side note: Thank you for working with my busy schedule! Things will definitely get better once I’m done with classes this semester (only a couple more weeks!). 

That being said I am doing my best to get everyone the times they want and work with their schedule. If you know your schedule ahead of time let me know and I will add you to the schedule or if would like a certain time every week please let me know and I will reserve the spot for you permanently. Finally, if you have any changes in your schedule or need to cancel a session PLEASE let me know as soon as possible, someone else probably would like to come in at that time so I want to let them know ahead of time so they can make it in. 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding scheduling or supplements. 

 

Thank you again and I look forward to another great week! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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