We’re talking about supplements today.
The health industry is saturated with nutrition “experts” who tell you to take a crap load of supplements your body “needs” and you end up taking like twelve different pills a day.
It’s excessive & unnecessary.
I’m not saying I don’t believe in taking supplements, I just don’t believe in supplements making up your ENTIRE diet. Vitamins, minerals, & nutrients should mostly come from the food we eat.
That being said, I DO take some vitamins and supplements and I thought I’d share with you a few major important supps that we should be taking (& that I take every day).
In case it wasn’t obvious already, I eat flax seeds in one way, shape, or form literally every day. They’re a necessary addition to my green smoothies & jam for my toast, and I even add them to brown rice which pairs with some chicken breast & asparagus.
You get it. I literally put them in everything. You can’t go wrong with flax seeds.
So it should come as no surprise that flaxseed supplements are a must have in my vitamin regimen. They’re packed with FIBER & y’all know how much I like my fiber. Believe it or not, sometimes I don’t get enough fiber or healthy fats in my diet, and that’s where flaxseed supplements come in.
Taking flaxseed supplements can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease & cancer. It also promotes healthy hair, nails, & skin. And since flax seeds are full of healthy fats, it can help burn excess body fat when you’re working out. Plus it keeps your digestive system regular.
Flaxseed supps make up for the lack of nutrients in my diet and keep my body running smoothly. So clearly I’m a HUGE fan.
I gotta be honest, the fact that this supplement is called “fish oil” grosses me out to no end. I’m kind of REPULSED by seafood. I’ve just never liked it. The only seafood I will tolerate with tuna sushi, drowned in soy sauce, with mounds of pickled ginger piled on top. #HEALTH
With that in mind, fish oil has become an important part of my daily supplement intake. Certain fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is what’s found in fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to our overall health & wellbeing for several reasons.
So since I don’t eat fish, fish oil supplements are a must.
They support healthy cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure, and helps maintain strong bones. It also helps support the levels of serotonin in your body, therefore boosting your mood.
Fish oil supplements also aid in lowering our body’s triglycerides. Triglycerides are the main form of fat in our bodies & are essential to human life. However, an excess amount of triglycerides can be linked to heart disease. So, omega-3 fatty acids help regulate the body’s triglycerides.
Basically, “fish oil” is a gross name for something that’s really good for you. HA. Go figure.
I feel like most people don’t really know what probiotics are. I didn’t even know until after I started taking them per a friend’s suggestion. But I definitely see it’s benefits now!
In short, probiotics are live bacteria that are good for your health. People often categorize bacteria as “good” and “bad.” Think of probiotics as the “good” bacteria. They are found naturally in your body already, but you can also find them in some foods and obviously a supplemental form.
There are several different types of probiotics but they basically all perform the same functions. They are useful for keeping the “good” and “bad” bacteria in balance as well as boosting your immune system and fighting off food-borne illnesses.
Probiotics have been known to prevent & treat urinary tract infections (UTIs) and several other common health conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and eczema.
One of the main uses of probiotics is regulation of the digestive system & keeping your digestive organs healthy. It’s soooo important to make sure your digestive system is in check!
If taken properly, supplements can benefit your health in so many ways as well as make up for the nutrients you might not have gotten in your diet. That’s why, in addition to these supplements, I take a multivitamin every day.
And these are just the supplements that I’ve found useful in my diet and help me get the nutrients I’m missing. Everyone is different. So make sure to consult your doctor before starting any new type of supplement to make sure it’s right for you and your health needs.
What supplements have you found helpful? Any major ones that I missed?