Do you really need to take supplements to be healthy?
We all know that vitamins and minerals are essential for good health and chances are that you have taken supplements at some point or another in order to restore or insure better overall health.
Lets face it! We all want to be the happiest and healthiest versions of ourselves, right? And thanks to our incredibly busy lives and fast-paced society, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just take a magic pill or set of pills that will help us to achieve optimal health with the bare minimum effort? OF COURSE it would be easier and this is why the supplement industry is more competitive than ever! It can be very confusing and even daunting trying to decide which brand and which supplements to take because there are SO many options. Which one will make my skin glow? Make me perform better? Take my health issues away? Make me feel better? Make my life easier? Help me age less?
Which brings me back to my question, do you really need to take supplements in order to be healthy? Let me get one thing straight with you, Gorgeous! Supplements are not a magic solution to everlasting health! Although I am a BIG supporter of taking high-quality supplements when needed (more on that below), I personally believe that NOTHING compares to the nourishment that you receive from a well-balanced diet of REAL, natural and wholesome foods.
Yes, popping a pill to quickly help you get the nutrients your body needs is MUCH easier than having to make some difficult food and lifestyle changes. BUT a pill will never be as good for your precious body as nourishing fresh, local and seasonal produce. This is why supplements are called SUPplements, they exist to help SUPPORT you in times of need, not replace!
In an ideal world, we would obtain everything our bodies need from natural food and shouldn’t need to take supplements. That being said, in the current modern day world that we live in – it has become pretty tricky for us to effectively obtain all the nutrients that we need from our daily diets. Many of us have a string of nutrient deficiencies these days, that can lead to your body not functioning optimally, which can ultimately result in serious health problems down the line. But don’t worry, Gorgeous! With some eating and lifestyle changes coupled with good quality supplements to help fill in the gaps, these nutritional deficiencies can easily be sorted out.
What has contributed to our modern day nutrient deficiencies?
First of all, the rise of heavily processed and highly refined commercialized “junk” food has left our bodies literally starving for nourishment. Because these “foods” are so highly processed, all the nutritional goodness that our bodies need to thrive are either stripped away or in some cases are replaced with very harmful substances. This leaves us with empty calories that have little to no nourishment, which is not good or beneficial for our health in anyway.
Secondly, our modern day lives are incredibly busy. Between every day demands, stressors, emails, phones and our go-go-go attitudes we often forget to make time to stop and take care of ourselves. By not stopping to care for our bodies and listening to their internal signs our bodies are slowly but surely becoming more and more depleted in the essential vitamins and minerals that we need in order to achieve our maximum health potential.
This is where supplements come in handy and this is where their place in our lives is crucial. Supplements can help you to replenish what your body has lost as a result of the negative side effects from your modern day life. Good quality supplements make it possible to overcome nutritional deficiencies rapidly. They are a great pillar of strength to lean on and utilize while you adjust your food and lifestyle habits in order to prevent nutritional deficiencies from happening again in the future.
SO! How do you know if you need to be taking supplements?
Its pretty simple really… LISTEN to your body to what your body is telling you!
- Use supplements as an excuse to not treat your body the way it deserves.
- Take supplements in order to ‘insure yourself’ against poor eating and lifestyle habits.
- Take supplements because you read it somewhere, someone told you too or because it is the norm.
- Take supplements unless your doctor has told you to do so.
- Buy low-quality supplements. Give your body the BEST!
- Consult with your doctor before introducing any supplement into you health regime.
- Check in with YOUR precious body and pay attention to the following warning signs; chronic fatigue, stress, brain fog, digestive issues, low energy levels or if you have been recently been diagnosed with a disease.
If you are experiencing any of the above, it can be an indicator of a compromised immune system and that you might have some nutritional deficiencies that need to be addressed. This is why you must get in touch with your doctor in order figure out what is going on with your body so that you can adjust your eating (food first) and lifestyle habits while getting the added support from an individualized supplement plan to help get your body happy and healthy again.
It is very important for you understand that we are all different. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another. We also like to believe that if something is good for us then surely more of it will be even better? WRONG! Just as too little vitamins and minerals can be harmful for us, so can too much! Which is why you must never self-prescribe or take something because someone told you to. In my opinion, the best way to see if you really need to take supplements is by doing a simple blood test, it will tell you everything you need to know. Always work together with your doctor to see what you body is in need of as a unique individual.
Let me tell you a little personal story!
Just like you, I feel the daily pressures of modern day living. I have had nutritional deficiencies of my own over the years. I work closely alongside my doctor so that we can check in with my body on a regular basis to see what extra support is or is no longer needed. It is a work in progress and is ever evolving.
For the last few months I have been on an individualized supplement plan of probiotics, vitamin c, magnesium and digestive enzymes. This has been a wonderful supportive combination for me and I have definitely felt my immunity improve. That being said, over the last month I have really been feeling that its-almost-the-end-of-the-year slump. You too? You know that feeling? You are almost at the end but you are exhausted and you still have to give it everything you have got to get through that final push?
Truth be told, I have been struggling to find the energy and the focus to get through the last bit of 2017. Which is why I was SO excited when the opportunity came up for me to review The Metagenics Fundamental Four supplements package! The timing could not have been any better.
As with all things in life, I believe in quality and in my eyes Metagenics is the Rolls Royce of the supplement industry. And as you all are well aware by now, I also believe in supplementing in times of need. After having a chat to my doctor, he gave me the green light to add the following supplements into my health regime for the next month of two:
- Probiotics (Metagenics Ultra Flora Balance) – Probiotics act as a daily gut support. I believe that all health begins in your gut and if your gut is healthy then you will be healthy. If your gut is not functioning properly then it doesn’t matter what food you are eating or what supplements you are taking – your gut will not digest and absorb all those wonderful vitamins and minerals as it is meant to.
- Multivitamin (Metagenics Phytomulti) – A multivitamin contains all the building blocks to good health and as I have mentioned, if your diet has not been up to scratch and you are in the process of improving your diet and the quality of the foods that you eat, taking a multivitamin is a great form of support to help get you on your way.
- Omega 3s (Metagenics OmegaGenics) – We all need fish oil to help prime our bodies to thrive! Omega 3 helps to support everything from joint to brain function.
- Vitamin D3 (Metagenics D3 1000) – Surprisingly, many of us are vitamin D deficient these days. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in your body, which is why it’s very important to make sure that you have enough stores for optimal function.
If you are starting to feel the end of year slump creep up and you think that you might need a little extra boost to get you through the next couple of months then I highly recommend that you consider adding the Fundamental Four supplements by Metagenics (mentioned above) into your health regime. After you chat to your doctor of course 😉 The FF4 pack is available at all Wellness Warehouse stores nationwide and is currently on special for R1400… HEALTH YEAH!
Because I have enjoyed the benefits of these supplements so much I have decided to team up with my friends from Metagenics and Wellness Warehouse to give one lucky Healthy Girl follower a chance to WIN the same hamper that I have been reviewing for the last couple of weeks. Head over to my Instagram page (click here) to see how you can enter!
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