Thank you Council for Responsible Nutrition for sponsoring this post. This is #MyWeekSupplemented.
Curious if you should take dietary supplements to support your health? They may be just the boost and helping hand you need to help you fill in the gaps that your healthy lifestyle practices may fall short on!
We’re all looking for ways to boost our health and keep our bodies in tip-top shape. From eating a healthy balanced diet, consistent exercise, to getting the right amount of sleep every night. Sometimes we need a little extra help to fill in the gaps we inevitably miss and that’s where taking dietary supplements can help!
According to a survey by The Council for Responsible Nutrition, 76% of US adults already take supplements each year. Dietary supplements can play an important role in our health, but they're never a substitute, just a little helping hand paired with our healthy habits. Most Americans fall short on essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, but supplements can be a “safety net” to help us meet our recommended dietary needs. According to that same survey, those that do take dietary supplements are more likely to engage in healthy habits (exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet) than non-users. We all know that cycle; one healthy habit leads to another healthy habit, and so on!
There are so many different supplements we can take. Vitamins and minerals (C, D, E, calcium, etc.), specialty supplements (probiotics, melatonin, etc.), herbals and botanicals (green tea, turmeric, garlic, etc.), even sports nutrition (protein powder, energy gels, etc.). With so many choices and options for supplements, the best way to know what would be beneficial for your health and health goals is to talk with your doctor or healthcare practitioner.
Here are some common supplements people take that can help support different areas of their health that you can explore!
Digestion: Probiotics, Ginger, Slippery Elm, Fennel, L-Glutamine
Sleep: Melatonin, Valerian Root, 5-HTP, Magnesium
Inflammation: Turmeric, Tart Cherry, Curcumin, Fish Oil, Zinc
Energy: Ginseng, Ashwagandha, B-12, Green Tea, Rhodiola
Heart Health: CoQ10, Fish Oil (Omega-3s, 6s), Garlic, Niacin, Magnesium, Vitamin K
Immune Health: Vitamin D, Ginger, Zinc, Selenium, Elderberry, Echinacea Vitamins E, C, B-6
Brain Health: Fish Oils, Vitamin D, Creatine, Caffeine, Gingko Biloba, Acetyl-L-Carnitine
Joint Health: Glucosamine, Calcium, Turmeric, Chondroitin, Fish Oil (Omega-3s)
Bone Health: Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium
Eye Health: Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium, Lutein
Hair & Nails: Fish Oil (Omega-3), Biotin, Zinc, Collagen, Vitamin C
Muscles & Recovery: Creatine, High-Quality Protein Powders, Vitamin B Complex, BCAAs, Glucosamine, Glutamine
Currently I take: Calcium with Vitamin D & Zinc, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Magnesium, and Vitamin B-12. Taking supplements is so routine for me now as I’ve been taking them for years and years! Some in the morning, some before dinner, along with my prescription medications it’s easy to remember.
No one’s diet is going to be 100% “gapless” and supplements are a great and super easy way to fill those gaps for optimal wellness. By speaking to your doctor about your lifestyle, your goals, etc. you can find out which supplements are right for you. As we dive right into our New Year’s goals and buckle down on finding the best healthy lifestyle practices for us, adding a supplement or two may just be the boost you’ve been missing!
So tell me:
+ What supplements do you like to include in your life?
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