Do I Need Supplements?

I get this question a lot. “Do I need supplements?”

Yes and No.

If you don’t eat a well-balanced diet, then yes, you probably need a high quality supplement to provide you with the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at its best.

If you do eat a well-balanced diet, then you might not need a supplement.

Let’s delve into this a little deeper.

Your body needs vitamins and minerals.

Vitamins are organic molecules; Minerals are inorganic molecules. Both are necessary to survive.
Vitamins can be either fat soluble or water soluble.

Fat soluble vitamins include Vitamin A, D, E, and K - they don’t dissolve in water and if taken at high levels can be stored in fat tissue; this can create toxicity in your body.

Water soluble vitamins include Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C - they can dissolve in water and are less likely to reach toxic levels because the excess is basically peed out.

Minerals are either:

  • Major - Need >100mg per day like sodium, potassium, and calcium
  • Or, Trace - Need <100mg per day like iron, zinc, and chromium

Why is all of this important?

Because vitamins and minerals in your foods can act like medicine and prevent diseases.

  • If you don’t have enough Vitamin E → your central nervous system can be affected and the way you break down fats can be influenced → studies have found that Vitamin E can slow Alzheimer’s Disease
  • If you don’t have enough Vitamin C → you can have increased free radicals in your body → arteriosclerosis and is associated with an inflammatory process as well as cognitive impairment
  • Sodium and Potassium are both electrolytes that help regulate blood pressure and are needed for normal muscle contraction
  • If you have heard of anyone with anemia, then they have low iron levels. Iron is needed to transport oxygen and use that oxygen for body systems.

As you can see, when your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs, then risk factors for chronic and life-changing diseases can result.

This is why some people need supplements.

The purpose of supplements is to supplement those nutrients that are NOT being met from food intake.

If you are interested in the specific supplements I recommend, then please connect with me 1-on-1 so that I can guide you appropriately based on your individual needs. I encourage you to check out more information about my Get FITT, Be FITT Nutrition Program. Just click here to learn more!

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