11 Reasons Why You May Need to Supplement

Here are 11 simple reasons that you may benefit from dietary supplementation.You may find that they all apply to you, or that only two or three hit home, but either way it is a fact of life that most people these days do not get all the nutrients their body’s need from diet alone. How much are you willing to compromise on your health and wellbeing?

  1. Stress Today’s fast paced; super busy lifestyles leave little room for well planned, wholefood meals. We arebombarded with physical, chemical and emotional stress that puts greater demands on our bodies. High stress levels may be aided by increased intake of the B vitamins, vitamin C and Zinc.
  2. Poor / Restricted Eating Habits Many people by accident or choice have a limited repertoire of what they are eating. Food allergies and sensitivities can greatly limit the foods one is allowed to eat. Adding a supplement such as Good Green S tuff may help to cover the vitamins and minerals that may be lacking in a restrictive diet.
  3. Alcohol and Smoking Everyone knows they are not healthy habits but what many people don’t realise is the burden that they can place on the body. The liver must process the alcohol and in doing so creates a higher need for the B vitamins and Zinc. Smoking causes free radical damage and this is where a diet high in antioxidants may help, especially Vitamin C.
  4. Soil Deficiencies Due to modern agricultural practices and pesticide use our soils are becoming more depleted of nutrients over the years. If the nutrients aren’t returned to the soil or crop rotation isn’t implemented the mineral content of the soil will suffer. If the nutrients aren’t in our soil they aren’t in our foods.
  5. Athletes / Sport Sport is fantastic for the body but also creates a higher need for certain nutrients. The B vitamins, vitamin C, Zinc and Magnesium are just a few of the nutrients the body needs for energy metabolism and repair. Exercise creates immune suppression and increased risk of upper respiratory tract infections. High antioxidant intake may help to counter balance this situation.
  6. Medications Many medications can alter our body’s ability to digest and absorb food properly. Antibiotics, though lifesaving can disrupt the friendly gut flora that is so important for immune and digestive health. Pre and Probiotics can help to restore this imbalance and strengthen one’s digestive system.
  7. Poor Digestion Stress, medications, spices and hot beverages such as coffee and tea can all have a detrimental effect on one’s digestion; potentially causing inflammation and/or interference with the absorption of nutrients from the foods we eat.
  8. Nutrient Losses in Foods The longer a food is sitting on a shelf in the supermarket, the length of time a food is waiting to be eaten from your cupboard or refrigerator plus the amount of cooking time it is exposed to can all lead to losses of nutrients such as the antioxidants and B vitamins. Fresh is best wherever possible!
  9. Packaged / Processed Foods Foods high in refined carbohydrates, sugars and preservatives typically do not have high amounts of vitamins and minerals as they can be lost during the refining process. Many people are dependent on packaged / fast foods and this may leave their body short of the recommended intake of nutrients.
  10. P.M.T. Research has found that many women suffering from P.M.T. may benefit from a higher intake of B6, Magnesium and Zinc.
  11. 5 + 2 can be hard to come by Many people find it very difficult to get in the 5 serves of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit that are recommended for a balanced diet. Good Green Stuff contains green super foods and berries to help assist with a healthy diet.

This article written by

Kira Sutherland – Kira Sutherland (Grad Dip (sports nut / IOC) , Adv dip Nat, Adv dip Nut, ATMS member) is an experienced Nutritionist and Naturopath specialising in Sports Nutrition. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Science, Advanced Diplomas in Naturopathy, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Homoeopathy, a Graduate Diploma in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee and is currently undertaking her Masters in Sports Nutrition. She is the Department Head of Nutritional Medicine at Nature Care College in Sydney where she has been lecturing for well over a decade. As a health writer, educator and consultant, Kira has worked with an array of clients including private colleges, health conferences, nutritional companies, athletes and private clients. In her spare time she trains and competes in long course triathlon, and practices what she preaches.

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