Confused when & why supplementation is needed?

Confused when & why supplementation is needed?

Author -  Good Health

Have you ever wondered why people take supplements? Ever thought, I’m not old enough?
Did you know that in today’s world, even if you have a nutrient dense diet, you may need supplementation. Supplements can never take the place of a balanced diet however they can provide nutritional assistance, and are a great way to ensure your body is functioning optimally.

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Why do we need supplements?

Every major metabolic pathway in our body relies on essential nutrients. Modern agriculture has depleted a considerable number of nutrients from the New Zealand soil, and consequently we are becoming deficient in minerals such as zinc, chromium and selenium. Our bodies rely on nutrients to function, so we need sufficient amounts. If we are unable to receive nutrients from our diet, a supplement may be needed to ensure we can maintain an optimal level of health.

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Common signs of deficiencies

In times of stress, our body uses key nutrients to maintain important functions. Increased stress, processed food, environmental toxins and insufficient rest, all increase our need for nutrients as systems become deficient. Recommended dietary intakes (RDI) are the suggested level of nutrients required by the body to avoid a deficient state; however, to be in a state of good health, we need more than the RDI. Often we do not realise if we are nutrient deficient, however the body does show signals; Poor wound healing indicates a zinc deficiency, cramping of the muscles, a magnesium deficiency and if you have cuts on the insides of your mouth, this is a clear deficiency sign of vitamin B2.

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How to choose a supplement

Choosing the right supplement can be a daunting task. When taking a supplement, it is important to follow the recommendations and check precautions, especially if you are on medication. Good Health provides a large range of supplements, using only the purest ingredients, from sustainable resources to enhance your health and vitality. If you are not sure where to start, have a browse through our product range; you can also email or phone 0800 446 634 our Good Health naturopaths for advice and support.

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Starting out? Here’s our picks to help you get going

Vitamin B

Vitamin B’s work collectively to improve the body’s stress response, sleep patterns and to provide an energy boost. Involved in many biochemical processes, vitamin B’s are crucial for healing, growth and wellbeing. B Stress Formula contains slow release capsules combined with therapeutic herbs, to provide adrenal support and to assist the nervous system, to ensure you are ready for the coming day.

Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is necessary for every major biological process.
Magnesium is fundamental for health and wellbeing due to its’ soothing effect on the nervous system. Taking a magnesium supplement provides sleep support, strengthens the immune system and can increase concentration. Magnesium soothes muscle tension, spasms, and helps you to sleep throughout the night, leaving you feeling relaxed.

Fish oil

Your body needs omega-3s to perform optimally; as the body cannot produce essential fatty acids itself, a supplement may be needed. Omega-3s support cardiovascular health, increase joint mobility, reduce inflammation and support healthy brain functions. Important in a range of functions, these are many of the reasons Fish oil should be a staple supplement to anyone’s diet.

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Importance of whole foods

A supplement should be taken to support, not replace a well-balanced diet. To ensure optimal levels of nutrients, you should be eating seasonal, local produce, in a variety of colours. Eating seasonally will ensure food has not only travelled less miles but has been grown in optimal conditions. To ensure you are eating less process and more wholefoods, try swapping some foods for others, such as swapping white rice for brown rice. Adding foods to already established meals can also be easier than taking food away. Adding dark leafy green vegetables to your meals will provide your body with more nutrients without radically changing your diet, and will add an extra splash of colour to your plate.

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Get more out of your food

Try these simple recipes to see just how enjoyable it can be to get more nutrients out of every-day, delicious food.

Start your day off with an energy-boosting Chia Pudding. The night before, soak 1 tbsp of chia seeds in water. In the morning, mix with shredded coconut, yoghurt, berries, and a spoon of crunchy peanut butter for extra protein. For breakfast on the go, soak chia seeds in a jar and place the remaining ingredients on top.

Kumara patties are an easy dinner option that can be eaten for breakfast or lunch the next day. Grate two large kumara, mix with 1 egg, 2 tbsp. of chopped parsley, the zest of one lemon, salt, pepper, Open two capsules of Turmeric and sprinkle in the mixture for anti-inflammatory support. Heat coconut oil in a fry pan on a medium temperature, form kumara patties into flat rounds and fry on both sides until golden brown.

Maca powder is a nutrient powerhouse that supports energy levels and helps to balance hormones. Try Maple Maca Ice Cream for a sweet treat that your body will thank you for. Blend 1 cup of whole cashews, 2 tbsps. of maca powder, 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of maple syrup, ½ banana, 1 tsp vanilla extract with a pinch of sea salt. (If you are not using a high-powered blender soak cashews first). Transfer mixture into a container and freeze for 30mins. Mix 1/3 of a cup of dark chocolate chips into ice cream, then freeze for a further 6-8 house. Defrost for 5-10 minutes before serving.

These are just a few ideas from Good Health, so you can have fun with supplements and enjoy more nutrients every day.

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Confused when & why supplementation is needed?

Have you ever wondered why people take supplements? Ever thought, I’m not old enough? Did you know that in today’s world, even if you have a nutrient dense diet, you may need supplementation. Supplements can never take the place of a balanced diet however they can provide nutritional assistance, and are a great way to ensure your body is functioning optimally.

IMG_20161120_213919.jpg

Why do we need supplements?

Every major metabolic pathway in our body relies on essential nutrients. Modern agriculture has depleted a considerable number of nutrients from the New Zealand soil, and consequently we are becoming deficient in minerals such as zinc, chromium and selenium. Our bodies rely on nutrients to function, so we need sufficient amounts. If we are unable to receive nutrients from our diet, a supplement may be needed to ensure we can maintain an optimal level of health.

ING_33594_124589.jpg

Common signs of deficiencies

In times of stress, our body uses key nutrients to maintain important functions. Increased stress, processed food, environmental toxins and insufficient rest, all increase our need for nutrients as systems become deficient. Recommended dietary intakes (RDI) are the suggested level of nutrients required by the body to avoid a deficient state; however, to be in a state of good health, we need more than the RDI. Often we do not realise if we are nutrient deficient, however the body does show signals; Poor wound healing indicates a zinc deficiency, cramping of the muscles, a magnesium deficiency and if you have cuts on the insides of your mouth, this is a clear deficiency sign of vitamin B2.

ING_33594_15851.jpg

How to choose a supplement

Choosing the right supplement can be a daunting task. When taking a supplement, it is important to follow the recommendations and check precautions, especially if you are on medication. Good Health provides a large range of supplements, using only the purest ingredients, from sustainable resources to enhance your health and vitality. If you are not sure where to start, have a browse through our product range; you can also email or phone 0800 446 634 our Good Health naturopaths for advice and support.

02H75832.jpg

Starting out? Here’s our picks to help you get going

Vitamin B

Vitamin B’s work collectively to improve the body’s stress response, sleep patterns and to provide an energy boost. Involved in many biochemical processes, vitamin B’s are crucial for healing, growth and wellbeing. B Stress Formula contains slow release capsules combined with therapeutic herbs, to provide adrenal support and to assist the nervous system, to ensure you are ready for the coming day.

Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is necessary for every major biological process.
Magnesium is fundamental for health and wellbeing due to its’ soothing effect on the nervous system. Taking a magnesium supplement provides sleep support, strengthens the immune system and can increase concentration. Magnesium soothes muscle tension, spasms, and helps you to sleep throughout the night, leaving you feeling relaxed.

Fish oil

Your body needs omega-3s to perform optimally; as the body cannot produce essential fatty acids itself, a supplement may be needed. Omega-3s support cardiovascular health, increase joint mobility, reduce inflammation and support healthy brain functions. Important in a range of functions, these are many of the reasons Fish oil should be a staple supplement to anyone’s diet.

ING_42097_01693.jpg

Importance of whole foods

A supplement should be taken to support, not replace a well-balanced diet. To ensure optimal levels of nutrients, you should be eating seasonal, local produce, in a variety of colours. Eating seasonally will ensure food has not only travelled less miles but has been grown in optimal conditions. To ensure you are eating less process and more wholefoods, try swapping some foods for others, such as swapping white rice for brown rice. Adding foods to already established meals can also be easier than taking food away. Adding dark leafy green vegetables to your meals will provide your body with more nutrients without radically changing your diet, and will add an extra splash of colour to your plate.

ISS_3483_08496.jpg

Get more out of your food

Try these simple recipes to see just how enjoyable it can be to get more nutrients out of every-day, delicious food.

Start your day off with an energy-boosting Chia Pudding. The night before, soak 1 tbsp of chia seeds in water. In the morning, mix with shredded coconut, yoghurt, berries, and a spoon of crunchy peanut butter for extra protein. For breakfast on the go, soak chia seeds in a jar and place the remaining ingredients on top.

Kumara patties are an easy dinner option that can be eaten for breakfast or lunch the next day. Grate two large kumara, mix with 1 egg, 2 tbsp. of chopped parsley, the zest of one lemon, salt, pepper, Open two capsules of Turmeric and sprinkle in the mixture for anti-inflammatory support. Heat coconut oil in a fry pan on a medium temperature, form kumara patties into flat rounds and fry on both sides until golden brown.

Maca powder is a nutrient powerhouse that supports energy levels and helps to balance hormones. Try Maple Maca Ice Cream for a sweet treat that your body will thank you for. Blend 1 cup of whole cashews, 2 tbsps. of maca powder, 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of maple syrup, ½ banana, 1 tsp vanilla extract with a pinch of sea salt. (If you are not using a high-powered blender soak cashews first). Transfer mixture into a container and freeze for 30mins. Mix 1/3 of a cup of dark chocolate chips into ice cream, then freeze for a further 6-8 house. Defrost for 5-10 minutes before serving.

These are just a few ideas from Good Health, so you can have fun with supplements and enjoy more nutrients every day.

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