We all need a boost sometimes. Even if you eat a healthy diet, there may be nutrients that you are lacking. But what supplements should you take, and how do you know if you need them in the first place? Keep reading to get the facts.
While everyone can benefit from supplements, certain people should always include them in their diets. For instance, those who are following a diet that involves cutting out certain food groups will need to supplement for any vitamin or mineral that they do not get from food. Vegans must always supplement for Vitamin B12, which is essential to human health and is found in animal products. Some people following the Paleo diet may need to supplement for calcium if they are not consuming dairy.
Other individuals may need to supplement based on their lifestyle. Athletes or individuals who are regularly performing intense exercise may find that supplementing with additional protein and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium) helps their muscles recover quickly.
There are many different ways to take supplements. For most people, the form of nutritional supplements that they are most familiar with is a multivitamin. While a multivitamin won’t completely replace the nutrients found in a healthy diet, it’s a simple, effective way to add extra vitamins and minerals to your diet. Individual vitamins are also common and widely available. These are a great way to customize your nutrition plan, since you may not need to supplement for every nutrient found in a multivitamin.
While supplements are most commonly found in pill form, other options exist as well, such as powders, drink mixes, and injections. With so many options available, it’s easy to find one that fits into your lifestyle.
Working with a medical professional is the best way to truly know what nutrients your body is lacking. Whether you’re looking to prevent disease, boost energy, add vitamins to your diet, or recover after your favorite sport, there is a supplement that can help you reach your goal. Working with a nutritionist is a great way to ensure that you are supplementing correctly. Your dietitian will be able to recommend specific supplements to you, as well as the dosage and form that will work best for your body. Your dietitian can also analyze your results and tweak your supplement plan over time. As people, we are constantly changing. Our supplement plans should change with us!
If you are ready to take your health to the next level, nutritional supplements can help you reach your peak. Contact us today at (646) 760-3438 to schedule an appointment with Registered Dietitian Traci Fields.