This topic on supplements is from of a series of questions I received from speaking at a friend’s MOPS group. Be sure to check out my responses to the other nutrition topics:
Healthy Snacks for Kids
How to get kids to eat vegetables
This question was for the moms but it really applies to all of my readers as well:
What supplements should I take?
If you walk into a GNC store they might try to sell you 40 different supplements. I personally recommend 4 supplements for everyone. Since this is not a one-on-one consultation I won’t share how much to take because the need varies from person to person but I will share what I recommend taking and why.
We need Vitamin D in order to absorb Calcium but if you don’t get 20 minutes of direct sunshine every day then you probably aren’t getting enough Vitamin D. Tanning beds don’t count! If you tend to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) then Vitamin D can help with your mood. Learn why we need Vitamin D and start taking some sunshine.
Inflammation, joint pain, brain health, mood stability… there are a lot of good reasons to take fish oil every day. Look for an EPA: DHA ratio of 600:400 mg and make sure it’s from wild caught sources.
Healing the gut can alleviate all sorts of problems. To clarify the difference between prebiotics and probiotics: PRObiotics contain live cultures of beneficial bacteria that help to recolonize the digestive tract with good bacteria. PREbiotics are components of food that feed the pre-existing beneficial bacteria in our gut. Taking probiotics on a daily basis helps to lay a good foundation of bacteria in your gut. You can find probiotics in foods like kefir, miso, kombucha, or sauerkraut but if you don’t eat these on a regular basis then I’d recommend a probiotic
We don’t absorb vitamins and minerals as well from a pill as we do from food itself so take note that this is not a replacement for food nor is it an excuse to not eat your veggies. I view a multivitamin as coverage for what you don’t get enough of from your food intake on a daily basis. See my tips for choosing a multivitamin if you want to learn more.
What supplements do you take?