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Do we actually need supplements?

This is a guest post from Oliwia Anna who studying to become a personal trainer and also has a lifestyle blog which she runs in her spare time.  She is currently fundraising on PledgeSports.

Embedding various supplements in our diet has become trendy from what I have seen lately. They are available for everyone without prescription and we take them to ensure or aid health. However not everyone needs the same supplements and before you take your hands on any of them you should ask yourself “Do I need it or not?” “What is my diet lacking?”.

Obviously, leading a healthy lifestyle and diet should provide all the nutrients you need, but sometimes, due to a variety of reasons, such as exercise, genetics, health issues one may need more or less of a certain product than the other.

But I am not writing here to tell you what should or should you not supplement, as this is for you and your dietician or doctor to judge.

Today, I wanted to talk about my diet and show how to minimise the need for any supplements.


#1 Incorporate superfoods

In order to get those omega 3s, vitamins and other vital nutrients on point I make sure to incorporate as many superfoods in my main meals as possible.

 

 

For example, I always add flax seeds, turmeric, barley grass and nuts to my morning porridge. That way you provide your body with healthy fats, amino acids and other nutrients that aid digestion, brain and overall performance.

#2 Protein ?

I, myself do supplement protein but only on the days I work out. I do not eat meat or any diary products, hence why it’s just more difficult for me to reach my protein goals. But I do advice everyone to try reaching them only by eating real foods and not powdered protein if you can. The one I am using is Pulsin Soy Protein.

#3Limit coffee intake

Many of us end up supplementing magnesium on a daily, and then drinking 3 cups of coffee.. Funny huh ?

Try drinking decaf coffee or at least limit your caffeine intake and you will see amazing results !

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I am a coffee fan myself, cannot help it, so I make sure I have decaf coffee in my kitchen and to get myself going I just drink green tea.

Moreover – do not fear dark chocolate !! Real dark chocolate is a great and natural source of magnesium, keep that in mind !

#4Diet

Certainly – being vegan or basically cutting any nutrients from your diet will most likely contribute to you having to take supplements.

If you do not have any allergies, health issues etc, I strongly advice you to eat everything in moderation and with your system functioning correctly – you won’t need anything extra !

For me, because I had to cut diary from my diet, I do supplement vitamins B12 and D, like every vegan should !!!

 

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