How should you start with Supplements?

How should you start with Supplements?

There are three groups of people when it comes to supplements.

The first group shuns all forms of supplementation because “it isn’t natural” or because “cavemen didn’t have supplements.” They aim to get all of their nutrients from food, but often come up short.

The second group thinks supplements can make up for a crappy diet and high stress levels, know that supplements alone will not fix either of these issues.

The final group is somewhere in between and in my opinion, this is the best place to be. Supplements are a double-edged sword. The wrong ones can do more damage than good. But the right best supplements can massively improve your health, even if you already eat a nutrient-dense diet.

The top 10 supplements (almost) everyone should take:

  1. Vitamin D

  2. Vitamin K2

  3. Vitamin A

  4. Vitamin C

  5. Iodine

  6. Krill Oil

  7. Magnesium

  8. L-Tyrosine

  9. Zinc and Copper

  10. Methyl Folate and Methyl B-12

Things to remember: Get the majority of your nutrients from food

  • You don’t eat nutrients—you eat food.

  • Whole foods behave differently from their individual parts. For instance, the nutrients from a piece of meat are more bioavailable than consuming the equivalent nutrients from a pill or powder. Antioxidants from food are beneficial but taking high doses of some synthetic antioxidants comes with higher risks for adverse health conditions.

  • The nutrients in food work together in a process known as food synergy. In short, this means food is more powerful than the sum of its parts. That’s why it’s important to start with a nutrient-dense diet, then supplement specific nutrients according to your specific needs and goals. You get the best nutrients from whole foods. Everything else should just fill in the gaps.

When in doubt, go without

Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it can’t be harmful or have side effects. It’s possible to overdo even the most natural herbal supplements or food-based vitamins and minerals. And supplements are not immune from heavy metals, contaminants and byproducts from processing—which is why you want to make sure you’re getting high-quality supplements.

Always check the sourcing and quality of your supplement providers. Shaklee supplements are made with rigorously selected, science-backed ingredients and are always free of soy, gluten and artificial fillers.

Kelly, Wellness Coach

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