Exercise and proper nutrition are the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. So where do supplements fit in? At HAWCC, we look at supplements as either a “bridge” to get you from one place to another with your nutrients or to give you what you are lacking. Read on below to find out when supplementation may be a useful part of your daily routine.
1. It is best to get your nutrients from the food you eat, however sometimes our diets fall short. Think of supplements as a way to fill in the cracks of your diet and help your body replenish its daily nutrient needs. Supplements can come in handy on the days that you are busy, traveling or simply aren’t able to eat well.
2. Supplements can be part of a healthy lifestyle that includes not only proper nutrition and exercise but also sleep and stress management. Think of these components as building blocks that when put together, create the perfect puzzle to a healthier you.
3. Life is busy! Stress and our usual busy days can take a toll on our immune system, which can, in turn, lead to getting sick, feeling tired and physically run down. Supplementation can help your immune system run optimally even during these times of additional stress and activity.
4. If you have food allergies, you may need to avoid certain foods that supply your body with necessary nutrients. Supplementation is a great way to provide your body with the nutrition that is lacking in your diet.
5. As we age, our bodies become less efficient at absorbing nutrients. Supplementation with the proper nutrients can help our bodies maintain the correct levels of vitamins and minerals.
If you are interested in starting a supplementation plan, it is best to talk to your health practitioner who will take a look at a variety of factors including your age, lifestyle, medications you currently take, stress level, current diet and many other important factors that are necessary in tailoring a plan that is right for you. Taking supplements is not a “one size fits all” system so it is best to speak with a health practitioner who can help you figure out your specific nutritional needs.