Supplementation

Why Do I Take Supplements?I’m more asking this of myself, but thought I would put it out to you too :)I currently take 3 kinds of supplements:

  • Fish Oil
  • Calcium
  • Multivitamin

I am currently looking back at why I started taking them and if it is possible to get what I want from a balanced diet. I would like to get everything from my diet but do not want to stop taking them all together. I would like to reduce them gradually so there is no ill affects to my body.

So why did I start taking supplements?I started taking supplement a few years ago. I start with zinc as a recommendation from a dermatologist for getting rid of very persistent verrucas. It worked for me! After a good 15 years of have verrucas on my feet they finally disappeared after taking an initial stronger dose of zinc on prescription and then reducing to the normal amounts you get in chemists. My chiropodist was so impressed as we had done everything we could to get rid of them but nothing worked. I now want to make sure I keep zinc in my diet and always pick a multivitamin with good amounts of zinc.I then started to take iron as my sister suffered from low iron and I was going through an extended period of being very tired all the time. I didn’t have a noticeable improvements from this. I have continued to take it as part of multivitamin as I want to make sure I get enough.

I then started to take fish oil and calcium after reading Jillian Michael’s Master Your Metabolism. I do not get much fish in my diet and previously did not get much diary and therefore calcium. I have noticed my nails are stronger and I can lift more weights, but this could be from an overall improvement in my lifestyle.

Can I get these from whole food?

Zinc:
  • Meat
  • Shellfish
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Wheat Germ

Iron:

  • Liver
  • Meat
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Dried Apricots
  • Wholgrains
  • Soya Flour
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

Calcium:

  • Diary Foods
  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Soya Beans
  • Tofu
  • Nuts
  • Bread
  • Fish (where you eat the bones)

Omega 3:

  • Wild Oily Fish
  • Almonds
  • Flax Seed
  • Chia seeds
  • Eggs

So from my research I can get all the supplements from a good diet. I did no this I just needed to confirm it 🙂

Now I have to figure out how to make sure I get what I need. I will continue to take my supplements while I figure this out, but the aim is to reduce them where possible and get everything I need from good whole foods.

My next step is going to be researching how much of everything i need and then work out the best way to get it from my diet.

I don’t want to create a strict diet plan but I would like to have some basic rules. For example, eat 2 portions of fish a week; eat 2 eggs a week. Those kinds of things. I want them to suit my lifestyle and allow me choice.

I’m currently reading Superfoods Healthstyle, which is also giving me some good ideas.

It’s been an interesting few weeks of learning and accepting and I am loving it. I’m just starting this journey and there is so much to learn, but I love learning 🙂

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