I am often asked about the importance of supplementation, and whether it is beneficial for those trying to live a healthier lifestyle.

Truthfully, I am a big believer in nutrition and healthy foods… I think it’s best to try to attain as many of our essential nutrients and minerals from foods before resorting to supplementation.  This is simply the best way to live a healthier life, rather than just add a band-aid type solution to the needs of our health.

However, I recently read the following data: According to a 2011 report by the National Center for Health Statistics, the percentage of the U.S. population who used at least one dietary supplement rose from 42% in 1988–1994 to 53% in 2003–2006. Multivitamins/multiminerals were used by 40% of men and women, and use of supplemental calcium increased from 28% during 1988–1994 to 61% during 2003–2006 among women aged 60 and over .

There are a number of reasons that supplementation can be beneficial. Here are just a few:

  • When a particular vitamin/mineral is unable to be digested or absorbed through foods… a great example of this is calcium and vitamin D which are often best absorbed when supplemented in addition to nutritional absorption.  Calcium and Vitamin D are important for the bone health of all ages and genders.
  • When you have a goal to change the chemistry and mass of your body such as weight-lifting to create hyper-trophic muscles like my husband does 🙂  Supplementing your protein, amino acids etc. is perfectly okay as long as the supplements are natural, from a reputable source, and are legal.
  • If you are iron-deficient, you may need more iron than you are able to ingest- like many in my family who are mildly anemic.  If red meat is not your thing, or perhaps you are just unable to get your levels high enough, iron supplementation or the use of cast iron cookware can be especially beneficial!

Lastly, a good multi-vitamin will only help to provide your body with all your need to be your very best in the weight-room, exercise studio, and even the board-room 🙂

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