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Supplements are a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants, fish oils and protein powders which provide us with the optimum nutritional intake per day.

supplementsThe quantities of each vitamin are often well above the RDA (recommended daily allowance) which frequently represents the minimum dosage required to stay healthy. Tablets, capsules and powders are easy to swallow, digest and take on the go. Supplements are an easy way to ensure you are getting the essential nutrients to help with:
  • muscle growth and repair
  • immune function
  • stress and fatigue
  • joint care
  • hormones and menopausal symptoms
  • digestive health

Are supplements necessary?

The link between a good diet and long term health is indisputable. Most “lifestyle” diseases such as heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, certain cancers and childhood illnesses are related to poor nutritional choices, excess consumption of highly processed foods and stress. Unfortunately, just “eating healthily” doesn’t quite cut it these days as mechanisation, fertilisers and over-farming have leached lots of good nutrients out of our soil and food.

The quality of the food we eat is now a lot lower and whilst supporting organic, local farms is essential, the vegetables are often a lot more expensive and of limited variety. The health benefits of supplements have been scientifically verified for their ability to maintain and promote long term health and nutrition. However, taking supplements are not an excuse to eat poorly – good nutrition is vitally important too.

Can supplements increase athletic performance?

increasing-performanceSports and intense training requires the body to function above and beyond normal levels of activity. Whilst it is easy to focus on recovery for the more visible areas – the musculoskeletal system; the rest is often ignored. A diverse range of vitamins and minerals are required to enable the absorption of nutrients from our food – without which many are insoluble or indigestible and so pass straight out (you may even have seen the complete tablet at the bottom of the toilet!). As a result, it is of limited use to take isolated supplements without addressing your body’s total function.

The recommendation is, therefore, to always take daily multivitamins, antioxidants and fish oils and then to supplement it with your own specific needs. Many athletes find the use of a joint care supplement and probiotics as an effective way to continue training at the highest level without pain and niggles.

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Protein Powders are an obvious way to quickly and easily ingest macronutrients (Carbs and Proteins) and “recovery” supplements such as BCAA and beta-alanine around training without the need to eat a big meal. Powders, like supplements, will not in themselves increase athletic performance but do enable your body to function at its optimum, recovery quickly and reduce the likelihood of injury.

How can I reduce the effect of Stress and fatigue?

Stress and fatigue are two of the most common problems. Whilst it may be difficult to know how to reduce them, it is essential to resolve stress and fatigue as they have serious health implications when suffered chronically. Lifestyle will play a major part in improving your stress and fatigue levels; small changes such as a gentle walk, yoga, meditation, or engaging in social activity may help.

Dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar and increasing protein and vegetables will help fuel your body correctly and start to make you feel better. In addition, antioxidants and a daily multivitamin will help boost your cellular function, vitality and mood.

How can I reduce the risk of chronic degenerative disease?

Chronic degenerative conditions are caused by dietary deficiencies, overconsumption of processed foods, smoking and too little exercise. Whilst genetics are a key factor, it is usually the above lifestyle choices which “pull the trigger”. However, the effects of poor choices take a long time to become apparent.

Good nutrition and regular exercise throughout your life are essential for staying off chronic disease. But it is never too late to change - your body will always respond (for good or for bad) to the type of food you eat. That is why so many diabetics and those with chronic high blood pressure have had such drastic improvements in their health since starting the paleo diet and/or supplementing their diet with the right vitamins and minerals.

Which supplements should I take?

It is recommended that everyone should take a daily multivitamin (which contains all the necessary vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants) and fish oils. If you have just taken antibiotics, it is essential that you then have a course of probiotics to return your gut bacteria back to normal. Your activity level and family history will determine whether you would benefit specifically from cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine or digestive supplements.

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