Do you want to stay in tip-top shape this summer but need a little help? Supplements are a great way to enhance your workouts, have all of your essential vitamins A-Z, and even help to burn fat at a faster pace.
Even though nutritionists agree that the best source of nutrients is through whole foods, sometimes we all just need a little help. If you’re new to the supplement game, let this guide help you choose what you should be taking for a better body.
There is no denying that a large number of women are suffering from an iron deficiency – and they don’t even know it. Iron fulfils a few major roles in the human body, one of which carries oxygen and helps to produce red blood cells. Even though iron is found in lots of red meat, chicken, fish and whole grains, you can also take it in the form of a chewable supplement, or even a pill.
There’s no denying that calcium plays a central role in keeping both our bones and teeth strong. And while some women don’t enjoy the taste of dairy, or are lactose intolerant, this doesn’t mean that it should compromise healthy bones, teeth and stable hormones. Calcium supplements are readily available, but you should contact your doctor before relying solely on daily pills.
Be cautious that calcium deficiency is more prominent for women who are menopausal, and this can lead to devastating disorders such as osteoporosis.
Although much of the emphasis is placed on Vitamin’s B, C, and D, but Vitamin A is crucial for the healthy function of eyes, skin, and even our immune system. If your body is severely lacking in Vitamin A, you can increase your dose through a daily multivitamin, or even booster shot administered by your doctor.
Whether you’re trying to conceive, in the middle of your pregnancy, or simply none of the above, folate should always be large part of your diet. Not only is it essential for the creation of healthy red blood cells, but folate is also important for proper brain function and mental health.
Folic acid is found in many supplements such as multivitamins, but you can also find more concentrated doses if you find yourself with a folate deficiency.
Rather than just fighting off your cold or flu, Vitamin C also helps the body to produce collagen, and also exists as an antioxidant. It’s fairly obvious to spot a Vitamin C deficiency – brittle hair, gingivitis, bleeding gums, and easy bruising are all common signs. Although scurvy is a form of Vitamin C deficiency, it is somewhat rare to transmit this disease at this day and age in Australia if you follow a healthy diet.
You can find absorbic acid in multivitamins, but also as a stand-alone supplement if you’re suffering from a major deficiency.
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