Vitamins & Supplements…Which Ones Do You Really Need.

DSC_5824Is opening your medicine or supplement cabinet a hazard to your health? Do you carefully open the door hoping all the bottles don’t come spilling out across the counter? Sick of taking all those supplements everyday,or maybe you’ve become a victim to Dr. Oz’s recommendations and found yourself rushing out to buy everything he suggests on his show? There’s a simpler way to cut back on your supplements, while cleaning out your cabinet, and save you tons of money all at the same time!

Supplements are just that…supplementing something you’re not getting. Meaning if you’re missing something in your diet like meat, dairy, you have a chronic illness or deficiency then yes you should be supplementing. But we’re all stocking up on every supplement out there to make sure we’re getting enough Vitamin A, C, D, and E, iron, zinc, and calcium. Which by the way, calcium doesn’t get absorbed without magnesium or vitamin D, and you have to absorb Vitamin D through unexposed skin (meaning no sunscreen) or through your unexposed eyes (no sunglasses) to absorb the calcium that has to be absorbed through your blood before your bones get any of the benefits Really think that calcium pill is still doing everything you think it should?

So what’s the answer? Eat your vitamins and supplement what you’re not getting in your diet. How do you do that? By changing your diet and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. There are some of us out there that choose different lifestyles and supplementing is a must. So how do you know what you should supplement? Assess the way you and your family eat. Research what’s best for you, and if there is a deficiency or illness take that into account. But the first thing is figure out what you’re missing in your diet and go from there. You really don’t need to be taking 20 supplements a day because you’re not eating enough fiber. Here’s 4 supplements you should be taking on a daily basis, especially if you’re lacking any of these on a daily basis.

Fish Oil/Omegas- These are essential fatty acids, meaning the body doesn’t make this nutrient so it has to be consumed in our foods. Omegas are anti-inflammatories, they reduce inflammation to protect against cancers and joint pain. And they are great for a healthy heart and mind. Find omegas in fish like salmon, eggs, and flax seeds. If you do supplement make sure to store them in the refrigerator and read the label you want small fish in the ingredients such as sardines and menhaden. Larger fish are high in Mercury and can poison the body.

CoQ10-  An enzyme produced in the liver, it provides almost all our body’s energy, and at 30 production begins to decrease. It is high in antioxidants and repairs our cells to also help fight heart disease and cancers. Find CoQ10 in beef, poultry, fish, nuts, and broccoli.

Probiotics- Probiotics are essential for good digestion and a healthy immune system. They help fight off disease, illness, and help keep the body balanced for over all health. You can eat your probiotics by consuming yogurt, Kefir, Tempeh, dark chocolate, and Kombucha tea.

Fiber- This one is a big one for us, especially Americans. We don’t like to eat green things for some reason and of course we like our white bread, which only wreaks more havoc on our digestive system. Fiber keeps us regular, maintains healthy digestion, prevents colon cancer, helps with weight loss, and makes us feeling fuller. So instead of taking Metamucil or Fiber Choice, up your kale, collards, spinach, whole grains, sprouted breads, and beans.

Simple and easy ways to get your health back on track, save some money, and start taking care of yourself. Get rid of the mind-set that “a pill is the quick fix.” Eat your way to better health, a smaller waist line, and fewer trips to the doctor’s office.

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

8 thoughts on “Vitamins & Supplements…Which Ones Do You Really Need.

  1. Another excellent, thought provoking post my friend! And you know why I enjoy yours so much? Because you also provide practical solutions to questions and don’t leave the reader frustratingly hanging on, wondering, “Well how am I supposed to do THAT???”

    So many haven’t understood the correlation of taking supplements with or without food, and think simply popping a “pill” will solve all their problems . . . even some doctors I’ve worked with. Sad. Age has also affected my absorption of supplements, so may I ask that someday you’ll write about that age/absorption connection too, please? I’m never too old (or too pompous) to learn new viewpoints! Thanks!

    • HI Ellie! Thanks again for commenting and stopping by. I am trying desperately to get your nomination is has been on my list for 2 weeks now. I just can’t get catch up to the deadlines I have. I need an assistant or a nanny! 🙂 I will surely write something on absorbtion for you with supplements. In the meantime see if you can get any of yours supplements in powder form. Like Isotonix. Market America sells them. Let me know if you don’t know a rep. Also powder form allows you to absorb 95% off the nutrients where only 40% is absorbed will a pill form so it may be something to think about. Thanks for your sweet words!! xo

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