Saturday, May 24, 2014

What Nutritional Supplements Should I Be Taking?

Hi there, this is Jonathan Clark from Lose Weight For Scotland – it’s my mission to Crush Obesity, Add Years To Your Life & help you to Look Good Naked!  I challenge Scots to lose 10 lbs of fat or gain 10 lbs of muscle, even if they've tried everything else, and it’s guaranteed.  One of the questions I get asked all the time is What nutritional supplements should I be taking?

So what should you add to your diet plans in order to get back into balance?  Here’s a few:

Probiotic/Prebiotic - Probiotics are live bacteria in yoghurt, other dairy products and pills. Pre-biotic is a specialized plant fibre that nourishes the good bacteria already in your large bowel or colon.

Multivitamins  - Vitamins fall into two categories: fat soluble and water soluble. The fat-soluble vitamins — A, D, E, and K — dissolve in fat and can be stored in your body. The water-soluble vitamins — C and the B-complex vitamins— need to dissolve in water before your body can absorb them. Because of this, your body can't store these vitamins. Any vitamin C or B that your body doesn't use as it passes through your system is lost (mostly when you pee). So you need a fresh supply of these vitamins every day.

Minerals - When given the right materials in the right form (from nature) the body can do amazing things to promote its own health. The earth naturally gives us minerals via water and food. Today, with current farming practices that deplete soil of necessary minerals and water supplies that have been polluted and poisoned, our population has become mineral malnourished.  Your body needs  a proper mineral balance to keep our immune system strong and healthy. Deficiencies of zinc, selenium, silica, and sulphur, which occur as a result of poor diet or excess stress, can put our health at risk.

Whereas vitamins are organic substances (made by plants or animals), minerals are inorganic elements that come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals. Your body needs larger amounts of some minerals, such as calcium, to grow and stay healthy. Other minerals like chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc are called trace minerals because you only need very small amounts of them each day.

Protein to build lean muscle – the more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn.

Chromium helps to move blood sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into the cells to be used as energy and to turn fats, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy.  helpful in building muscle and burning fat

Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally, but has only recently gained popularity in the UK.  Green tea was used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, aid digestion, improve heart and mental health and regulate body temperature.4 Recent studies have shown green tea can potentially have positive effects on everything from weight loss to liver disorders to type 2 diabetes.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids - There are actually three types of fatty acids that are collectively referred to as omega 3s  Besides being hard to pronounce, they are extremely important to your health. Omega 3s are "essential" because they are necessary for health and must be included in your diet (because the human body cannot manufacture them on its own). Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fats reduce inflammation, helping to prevent inflammatory diseases like heart disease and arthritis. In addition to warding off inflammation, omega 3s are also essential to the brain, impacting behaviour and cognitive function, and are especially necessary during fetal development.
Improve artery health by helping to reduce blood clots in arteries that lead to the brain.
Improve cholesterol
Improve joint health by reducing joint tenderness and stiffness associated with arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Improve bone health
Improve mental health by helping to insulate nerve cells in the brain, allowing these nerve cells to better communicate with one another. People who are deficient in omega 3s may suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and ADHD.
Improve skin health by helping to alleviate symptoms related to skin disorders like acne and psoriasis.
Improve bowel health by reducing inflammation of the bowels, helping alleviate symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Improve lung health by reducing inflammation in diseases like asthma.  I used to have asthma and taking Omega 3 definitely helped me get rid of it.
Improve menstrual health by reducing the pain associated with PMS and menstruation.
Help prevent cancer. Colon, breast, and prostate cancers have all been correlated with low intakes of omega 3s.

So are nutritional supplements important?  Just a bit.  You’d be NUTS to not supplement your diet. And there are supplements out there that contain ALL of these so that makes it a doddle,  but try just adding one to your diet – whichever hot button I mentioned and you thought – OH! That’s me! Then go for that. ONE small baby step you can take today to get healthier.

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1 comment:

Turenne said...

Do you recommand any particular brand of nutritional supplement?