March is National Nutrition Month—Chamber member Talia Walsh of Quest Studio has prepared a series of member guest blogs to help other members discover new ways to keep healthy throughout the year! This blog is the third in a series.
Why Take Supplements?
People use supplements for different reasons: to promote optimal health health, improve immune health and digestion, healthy aging, higher energy, weight loss, and building lean muscle, to name a few. Supplements are exactly that: they help to “supplement” a healthy diet, NOT replace it. Their purpose is to help fill in nutritional gaps that you may not be getting from your food. Most people do not eat a balanced diet and lifestyle factors such as stress, lack of sleep, the quality of today’s foods, smoking and even medications can affect our body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly. Even the slightest nutrient deficiency can impair the body’s ability to fight disease and wreak havoc on your health.
What to look for when shopping for supplements:
For your safety, make sure your supplements are tested for banned substances, meaning what is on the label are the only ingredients in the product. Aim to get pharmaceutical grade supplements to ensure the best quality of ingredients. Look for fortified-formulas. For example, when taking a calcium supplement your body also needs the right amount of Vitamin D and magnesium along with it for our bodies to properly absorb the calcium. Fortified supplements would include all 3 ingredients. Men and women have different nutritional needs and every body is different. Be sure to consult with your health care provider or nutritionist before implementing new products into your routine.
Quest’s Recommended Supplements
Omegas – Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids have many health benefits including to help reduce inflammation, lower risk of heart disease, and are important for memory. It’s important to have a 1:1 ration of omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) to omega-6 (inflammatory) in the body. The modern diet of processed foods is highly inflammatory and a recipe for disease, so omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and improve brain function.
High Quality Multivitamin – Due to the decreased nutrients available in today’s foods, increased stress levels and toxin exposure, a high quality vitamin containing a blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants will help fill in any nutritional gaps to ensure optimal health.
Probiotics – 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. That means if the balance of the bacteria in your gut is off, it can lead to problems such as autoimmunity, depression, anxiety and leaky gut. Taking a probiotic every day promotes a healthy digestive system and normal bowel patterns. Most strains of probiotics should be refrigerated so use one with bacteria strains that are naturally found in your gut or that have been freeze dried
Calcium – Your body needs calcium to build and maintain strong bones and healthy teeth. An inadequate intake of calcium can force the body to leech calcium from the body which over time can lead to brittle bones, fractures and osteoporosis.
Fiber – Our goal is to consume 25 – 35 grams of per day but the average American consumes only 10-12 grams per day. Adequate fiber intake helps to normalize bowel movements and maintain digestion health, lower cholesterol, control blood sugar levels and aids in achieving a healthy weight.
Protein Supplement – The American Dietetic Association recommends 15 – 30% of your calories be consumed from protein daily. Protein deficiencies can lead to the loss of lean muscle, hair loss, and weaken the immune system. If you cannot consume adequate amounts of protein, a supplement like protein powder can be a convenient source of nourishment.
Collagen – Americans lose 1% of their collagen every year after age 25. Taking a daily collagen supplement can improve the strength of your hair, skin and nails, reduce joint pain and degeneration, boost metabolism and protect your heart health.
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