What Supplements Should I Take This Winter?
With so many supplements on the market, it can be very confusing to know what vitamins and supplements you need to take particularly for the Winter months ahead!
Or, is it just me or is there a pill for absolutely everything these days? Whether you want to lose or gain weight or have trouble sleeping everybody just wants to throw you a pill!
In my opinion, realistically speaking if your diet is good enough and you're getting enough nutrients naturally from good nutritious foods you don’t need vitamins or supplements and that’s the long and the short of it.
As a health and nutrition specialist, I have many clients wanting to know what supplements to take, and I tell each one the same thing over and over - simply eliminate packaged and processed foods and replace them with natural foods like whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and fruits and that will be enough to nourish your body.
These days there is a pill available for absolutely anything. Whether you have trouble sleeping, want to lose weight or get more of a certain vitamin into your body, there is a wide range of aids to choose from.
I have many clients who come to me wanting to know which supplements are worthwhile, which ones are medically beneficial and also if supplements are necessary at all!
I give all my clients the same answer; if you incorporate a variety of plant-based foods into your diet then you can easily and effortlessly get all of the vitamins and minerals that you need.
Having said that, the only two supplements I do recommend and suggest to take are Vitamin B12 & Vitamin D.
The body needs vitamin D to protect against certain diseases and also to keep the bones healthy. It is also used to give the immune system a boost and can contribute to regulating blood pressure. I live in Ireland so it’s a rare occasion I see Mr. Sun so I just pop a Vitamin D once a day.
Vitamin B12 is the nutrient that helps keep the blood cells and nervous system healthy. It also prevents a specific type of anemia, which causes people to become tired and weak. If you are following a vegan diet, B12 only naturally occurs in animal products, however, it can also be found in some plant-based foods when they are fortified with this nutrient. If you are vegan and you’re not making a conscious effort to include fortified B12 food products then it is likely you will need to take a supplement to avoid health problems.
In a nutshell, if you are taking care of yourself and eating a healthy balanced diet this will be the only supplement you will need!