Want to learn better ways to buy and take supplements? Keep reading!
With a few easy tips, you can get more successful results with supplements. This will help you save money, and get better health and weight loss results.
4 Essential Supplement Tips
1. Ask “Why?”
Question “why?” you take any supplement.
Do you need it? Or are you taking it because of a trend or marketing hype? Is it for short-term relief from symptoms, such as constipation or pain? Or are you taking it as a band-aid for symptoms you don’t know how to get rid of?
The best way to use supplements is for support, to correct deficiencies, improve body function, and assist healing.
Get results with supplements by creating a customized protocol with a health practitioner. A good practitioner will review labs, correlate symptoms, and focus on underlying issues.
Unfortunately, many health practitioners make recommendations based on a single factor. For example, they find a lab marker for low thyroid and prescribe thyroid pills. This can provide short-term relief. Yet, it doesn’t address why low thyroid developed in the first place. Look at the big picture.
Short-term supplementation for symptom relief is fine. But, it’s best to address root causes and stop symptoms at the source.
Also, beware that health practitioners often profit from products. That doesn’t mean they don’t have your best interest in mind. You can also ask them for more brand options.
2. Quality is Crucial
Do supplements work? Unfortunately, most don’t. Why? They’re made from low-quality ingredients and are not absorbed well. Poor-quality supplements waste money and can do more harm than good.
Focus on quality supplements by reading labels.
For more successful results with supplements, look for high-quality ingredients. Choose ingredients that are well-sourced and organic. Select products that are free of GMOs, gluten, heavy metals, and harmful additives.
Above all, avoid ingredients that sound like a chemistry experiment. These include:
Maltodextrin, Sucrose, Fructose, Sorbitol, Maltose, Croscarmellose Sodium, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Silicon Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Artificial Flavors, Polyethylene Glycol, Wax, and Yeast Extract.
Over 90% of supplements come from unnatural synthetic ingredients.
Natural ingredients list food sources, such as citrus or beets. In contrast, synthetic nutrients don’t provide a source. Synthetic ingredients also have a potency that’s much higher than anything in nature. For example, vitamin C can have 1,000 percent of the Daily Recommended Allowance. But, not all synthetic nutrients are bad. Some people tolerate them better which is why customization is important.
3. Maximize Effectiveness
Supplementation is unique for each person. It’s important to prioritize and dose supplements for your body. Also, focus on quality over quantity. Don’t take 10 supplements at once. You won’t know what’s helpful or harmful.
Get more successful results with supplements. Start one supplement at a time, at the lowest dose and increase to the amount you feel best.
The more patient and tuned into your body, the better. Increase or decrease as needed before introducing another.
Furthermore, you can maximize effectiveness by storing and taking supplements as directed. Some supplements are best with food while others are ideal on an empty stomach.
Lastly, work with your health practitioner to improve your digestion and gut health. This will help increase your absorption of nutrients.
4. Find Better Balance
Balance supplements with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
You can’t “out-supplement” bad nutrition. Supplements can never replace a healthy diet or lifestyle.
Eating healthy, nutrient-dense, whole food is a priority. The better your diet, the fewer supplements you’ll need. Can you skip supplements altogether? Unfortunately, that’s not recommended. Most modern food is lacking in nutrients. This is often due to soil depletion, food processing, and food transportation.
Balance nutrients by taking supplements with a synergy of nutrients. Look for forms of nutrients that are most natural. Whole food ingredients are much easier for the body to absorb.
A perfect example of this is whey protein. It’s much easier for the body to eat a high-quality source of protein like chicken, fish or beans over something processed. Also, most whey proteins are allergenic, highly processed, carcinogenic, and contain unhealthy filler ingredients.
Common Mistake: Avoid taking too many supplements. They can burden the liver and make you feel worse.
A good practitioner will rank your supplements in order of importance.
- Why supplement — band-aid or support while getting to the root?
- Supplement based on symptoms, labs, history, etc. as a whole.
- Buy supplements made from high-quality ingredients.
- Start one supplement at a time and increase the dose.
- Improve gut health and digestion to increase nutrient absorption.
- Balance supplements with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
- Avoid taking too many supplements.
Do you need help with supplements?
Contact Cate to create a customized supplement protocol and address underlying health issues.
- Spirulina — better than a multi-vitamin
- Barley Grass Juice Powder — excellent detoxifier
- Cilantro tincture — heavy metal detoxification
- B-12 — energizing and greater than a B-12 injection
- Zinc — ultimate immune-booster
- Magnesium Neuromag, Glycinate or Natural Calm — essential mineral
- Mushrooms — Chaga, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Reishi, Turkey Tail
- Vitamin C Amla Berry or Liposomal
- Silver — natural “antibiotic”