To Supplement or Not to Supplement?

It’s a question I get a lot: “what supplements should I be taking?”

Like any health related questions I get, there’s never an easy answer. So, naturally, I’m about to give you a not easy answer to this.

I like to remember “supplements” for exactly what they are – a way to supplement your diet. Ideally, you’re getting everything you need from the food you’re eating. Nature (when you’re eating whole and unprocessed foods) has this magic way of prepackaging nutrients in a way that they can and should be digested. For example, an almond has Vitamin E – and also the fat content needed to help your body actually digest that Vitamin E. (Vitamin E is a “fat-soluble” vitamin).

That being said, I would say limit your supplements and eat whole and unprocessed foods.

But what if you’re not eating whole and unprocessed foods? Supplement, right?

Well, maybe not. The first thing I would recommend is trying to figure out what supplement you might be deficient in. For this, I would have you reach out to your primary doctor to get tested.

Once we have answers we can go from there.

There are some other things I’d want you to consider as well if you’re going down the supplement route:
  1. Have you looked at your nutritional intake/ made changes to your diet that would allow for you to get the deficient element from a natural source?
  2. How’s the quality of the supplement you’re taking? Are there a ton of fillers that aren’t so good and potentially negate all the good of taking that supplement? (The FDA does not regulate the production of supplements)
  3. Are there any interactions?
  4. What do I need to eat with the supplement to make sure my body absorbs it?
  5. What am I trying to achieve by taking this supplement?
Some good places to research the specific supplement and brand you’re considering are as follows:

  • ConsumerLabs.com
  • Examine.com
  • www.precisionnutrition.com/supplements

As with anything, you’re going to need to tailor your supplements to your specific needs. In other words, be smart about supplementing. Do your research on you and your specific needs. As always, if you need advice, reach out to us! We’re here to help!