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SUPPLEMENTS TO CONSIDER ADDING TO YOUR GROCERY CART
Sometimes it’s not always possible to get all of the recommended vitamins and minerals from food alone. Our days are busy and we may often find ourselves eating on the run, which can mean consuming foods that might not have the highest nutritional value. Here are a few supplements that might be worth examining and may be worth considering.
Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that the body needs to repair and to grow. Eating a variety of healthy, whole foods can certainly help us to maintain the levels that our bodies require. Eating on the run, eating processed foods and high stress levels can deplete our bodies of the micronutrients it requires. Multivitamins can offer micronutrients needed (including B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and minerals) to maintain a healthy lifestyle when our diets fall short.
Probiotics are live, good bacteria that assist with maintaining a healthy gut. A healthy gastrointestinal tract is important not only for our digestive system, but also for our general health. Probiotics are part of a healthy immune system and can even help to maintain a healthy mood. Probiotics are available in supplement form and are found in fermented foods as well as in some fortified foods. There are many different strains available, take time to research each one to find out what combination is right for you.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that has many important functions. One of the most important ones might be the role it plays in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. Attaining the right amount of vitamin D is important for healthy development of bones and teeth. Research has shown that vitamin D deficiency is now linked to a number of diseases. We are not able to get enough vitamin D from sunshine year round so finding a good quality vitamin D to supplement can be a healthy choice.
Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) can be found in a variety of foods and also in edible oils. They are called EFAs because the body cannot make them and they must be consumed from the foods that you eat. Fish, walnut and flax oil are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Sunflower and safflower oil are good sources of omega-6. The right ratio of these oils would be a great addition to your diet as the EFAs may help support heart health, normal metabolism and research indicates that omega-3 may reduce inflammation.
We’ve all heard the word ‘superfood’. While there are many super, good-for-you foods available, a couple that you will find outside of the produce section are spirulina and chlorella. Spirulina is a great source of iron and other minerals and a good source of protein. Spirulina is high in chlorophyll, which offers many health benefits. Chlorella is not quite as rich in nutrients as spirulina is, but it is a better detoxifier, especially of heavy metals and chemicals.
Many people don’t necessarily enjoy the taste of spirulina or chlorella, but if you add them to a smoothie including pineapple and ginger you might just find yourself in favour of this nutritious addition.
* This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As with all supplements, it is important to consider where the product comes from and what the ingredients are. Please consult a healthcare professional for personalized care prior to starting any new supplement plan.