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Which supplements should you be taking? Confused?!?!

Updated: Feb 23

In the fast-paced world of "health and wellness" (ironically fast paced and health & wellness rarely go well together) - it's no surprise that many people feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the right supplements. From vitamins to minerals, herbal extracts to probiotics, the options seem endless. But fear not, because we're here to help you navigate this maze of supplements and make informed choices for your holistic well-being.

Understanding Your Unique Needs

The first step in determining which supplements are right for you is to understand your unique needs. Supplements should complement your diet and address specific deficiencies or health goals. Here are some common considerations:

1. Dietary Gaps: Assess your diet to identify any nutritional gaps. Are you getting enough vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients from your food? If not, supplements may be beneficial. If you are unsure have a blood test, any major deficiencies should be picked up.

2. Health Goals: Define your health goals. Do you want to boost your immune system, improve digestion, or enhance your energy levels? Your goals will influence the supplements you choose. Often the intent is to do all 3 three, and you'll find boosting the immune system goes hand in hand with digestion & energy.

3. Age and Gender: Certain supplements may be more relevant based on your age and gender. For instance, women of childbearing age often need more iron and folate, while older adults may require extra calcium and vitamin D.

4. Medical Conditions: If you have specific medical conditions or chronic illnesses, consult with Jaspreet our Whole Body Pharmacist. She can recommend supplements tailored to your health needs, and remove some of the unnecessary ones which may not be doing you any favours.


Essential Supplements for Most People

While individual needs vary, some supplements have broad health benefits and are worth considering for most individuals. So, which supplements you should be taking? Find the list below:

1. Multivitamins: A good quality multivitamin can fill in nutritional gaps and provide a basic foundation of essential vitamins and minerals.

2. Vitamin D: Especially important if you have limited sun exposure, vitamin D supports bone health and immune function.

3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These can benefit heart and brain health. They're commonly found in fish oil or algae-based supplements.

4. Probiotics: For gut health and digestion, probiotics can help maintain a balanced gut microbiome.

5. Magnesium: This mineral plays a role in various bodily functions, including muscle and nerve function. Many people are deficient in magnesium.

Did you know for optimal Vitamin D to be absorbed you need to have a healthy magnesium level? We can help you navigate the correct combination of supplements.

Caution and Professional Guidance

It's crucial to approach supplements with caution:

1. Quality Matters: Not all supplements are created equal. Look for reputable brands that undergo third-party testing to ensure purity and potency. Ideally you want vitamins which don't contain fillers, they can cause more problems than good. And the very best in absorption can be from Liposomal products.

2. Dosage: Follow recommended dosages carefully. More is not always better, and excessive intake can have adverse effects.

3. Consult a Professional: Before adding new supplements to your routine, consult a healthcare professional (we can help you here at The Whole Body Pharmacist) or registered dietitian. They can assess your individual needs and potential interactions with medications.

4. Monitor and Adjust: Regularly assess whether your supplements are still relevant to your health goals. Your needs may change over time.

The Holistic Approach

Remember, supplements should complement a healthy lifestyle, not replace it. A holistic approach to health involves balanced nutrition, regular physical activity, stress management, and adequate sleep. Supplements are just one piece of the puzzle.

In conclusion, the world of supplements can be confusing, but with the right guidance and an understanding of your unique needs, you can make informed choices. Always try to prioritise a holistic approach to health, and consult with professionals when in doubt. Your well-being is worth the effort!


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