Are you wasting money on supplements that do more harm than good?
Most supplements don’t work. They’re made from poor quality ingredients and are poorly absorbed. Learn how to buy and take supplements to save money, and get better health and fat loss results.
Top Supplement Tips
Question “why?” you’re taking a supplement. Do you really need this supplement or are you taking it because of marketing hype? Is it for short-term relief from symptoms, such as fatigue, constipation or pain, while you get to the root cause? Or are you taking it as a band-aid for symptoms you don’t know how to eliminate?
Supplements are best used for support, to correct deficiencies, to improve body function, and to assist healing. Work with a health practitioner to customize your supplements based on your unique needs. A good practitioner will review your labs, correlate symptoms, take your needs into consideration, and focus on underlying issues. Unfortunately, many practitioners supplement based on a single factor, such as a lab marker, like low thyroid, and recommend thyroid supplementation. This can provide short term relief but doesn’t address why low thyroid function developed in the first place. Look at the big picture.
Short-term supplementation for symptom relief is fine but it's best to address root causes and eliminate symptoms at the source.
Quality is Crucial
Cheap, poor-quality supplements waste money and do more harm than good. Focus on quality supplements by reading labels. Look for high-quality ingredients that are sustainably sourced, organic, GMO-free, gluten-free, free of heavy metal contamination, and free of harmful additives. Avoid toxic ingredients such as Maltodextrin, Sucrose, Fructose, Sorbitol, Maltose, Croscarmellose Sodium, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Silicon Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Hypromellose, Artificial Flavors, Polyethylene Glycol, Wax, Yeast Extract, etc.
Over 90 percent of supplements are made from unnatural synthetic ingredients. Natural ingredients list food sources, such as citrus or beets, while synthetic nutrients don’t provide a source. Synthetic ingredients also have a potency that’s much higher than anything in nature, such as 1,000 percent of the Daily Recommended Allowance. Not all synthetic nutrients are bad and some people tolerate them better which is why customization is important.
Supplementation is unique for each person, so it’s important to sequence and titrate for your body. Don’t take 10 supplements at once. You won’t know what’s helpful or harmful. Start one supplement at a time, at the lowest dose and slowly increase to the amount you feel best. The more patient and tuned into your body, the better. Increase or decrease as needed before introducing another supplement.
Maximize effectiveness by storing and taking supplements as directed. Some supplements are best with food while others are ideal on an empty stomach. Lastly, increase absorption by improving your digestion and gut health.
Find Better Balance
Balance supplements with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Supplements can never replace an unhealthy diet or lifestyle. Healthy food is a priority and will result in the need for fewer supplements. With that being said though, modern food is severely lacking in nutrients due to soil depletion, food processing, and food transportation.
Balance nutrients by taking supplements with a synergy of nutrients or at least a form of bioavailable nutrients the body can easily absorb. Beware taking too many supplements as they can burden the liver and make you feel worse. A good practitioner will prioritize your supplements in order of importance.
Contact Cate to create a customized supplement protocol, order high-quality supplements and address underlying health issues.
Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner,