You can’t pick a health magazine these days without being bombarded by endless ads for supplements. It’s hard to know where to start, what to take, or what’s worth your hard earned dollars! When it comes to looking and feeling your best, there’s absolutely no denying that the first step begins with your diet and staying active. However, supplements can help you stick to your meal plan and give your energy a boost so that you feel like being more active.
Let’s have a quick peek at the six supplements that I recommend.
Omega fats are necessary to sustain good health and most of us are not getting nearly enough of these through our diet plans. If you eat a diet rich in fish and flaxseeds than you may be okay, but for the most part, adding 3-6 grams of fish oil will really help boost your health.
Omega fats are important for lowering your risk of a wide variety of diseases, for enhancing insulin sensitivity levels, and for boosting brainpower. I recommend a high quality fish oil like Barlean’s or a good quality krill oil.
I honestly don’t know what I’d do with out my protein powder! Getting enough protein each day can be challenging and who doesn’t love a good “milkshake”! There are so many different brands and flavours, it’s important to find a good quality protein that works with your body. I recommend a good grass fed whey or egg protein. There are also several vegetarian brands as well.
Getting enough protein in your diet is vital for weight loss, muscle repair, and stabilizing blood sugar. There are hundreds of protein powders on the market,
ZMA is a supplement that is commonly used by bodybuilders and athletes. It is a combination of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6. It is great for enhancing your recovery as well as promote a deeper and better quality sleep.
Since sleep is the primary time when your body goes into repair mode from all the hard workouts you’re doing, you want to be making the most of it.
Most people aren’t getting enough of this vitamin from their diet plan either and it plays a critical role in helping to promote stronger bones, so is a must. Take vitamin D in supplemental form with calcium and you can rest assured you’re doing what you can to keep your skeletal system stronger.
Whole Food Liquid Vitamins
Finally, don’t overlook whole food liquid vitamins. These are readily absorbed into the body, so tend to be a better choice than going for vitamins in tablet or capsule form. A good vitamin is important and can help fill the gaps that your body is not getting from your diet.
Your heath starts in your gut. You will hear more and more about the importance of having a healthy gut as it’s critical for everything from your digestion to your immune system and everything in between. This is such an easy thing to add and should not be overlooked. You can also “supplement” with probiotic rich foods such as sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, or any other fermented foods.