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Sadly our food is processed and not as well made as it was 50 years ago so even with the best diet it is quite likely that you may need some kind of supplement to…well, supplement your health.
Quality Not Quantity
You don’t need to spend a fortune on vitamins but equally you get what you pay for so find a middle ground. The reason the prices vary are two fold. Firstly there is always an element of branding so a supermarket own brand will inevitably be a little cheaper and may contain cheap fillers. Secondly while a supplement may claim to be 100% of your daily dosage it may not be in its most absorbable form so essentially it’ll end up going down the toilet!
Too Much of a Good Thing
Your body can only absorb a certain amount at any given time so if the dosage is 1 a day then adhere to those guidelines. Too much vitamin C can give you the trots. Whilst too much vitamin a could in fact contribute towards lung cancer.
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Living in the UK we don’t get quite as much sun as we often need. Did you know that if you’re fair skinned you produce vitamin D with a lot less sunlight than someone with darker skin. Therefore if you are very fair you may get all you need from a bright winter morning. However if you’re blessed with the bronze you may need a little help from some Vitamin D during the winter months.
Glucosamine Or Oils
You don’t have to stomach mouthfuls of cod liver oil. There are a lot less fragrant varieties out there including vegetarian ones. For those of you who like to hit the gym it is always advisable to take a little something to keep your joints healthy.
Roses Are Red And So Are Tomatoes
Lycopene is a pigment that gives fruit and vegetables their red colouring. Studies have shown that it contains powerful anti oxidants that protects you from prostate cancer so if you’re not managing a bowl of tomatos a day get yourself some in pill form!
Cross Your I’s And Dot Your T’s
The MultiVit is the one to invest in. I would advise to buy the most expensive one you can afford and ideally consult a nutritionist. This is the much needed icing on the cake.
Lastly, it you take supplements it doesn’t mean you can eat crap, they are exactly what they say on the tin. A supplement, they are not a cure.
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About the Author: Zara was singing and dancing from a young age and went on to do a degree in musical theatre at one of the UKs best drama schools. She then went on to qualify as a studio instructor and now teaches Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Balance and indoor cycle at gyms in and around London. She is passionate about helping people enjoy and understand exercise and is on a mission to get more men and women into that studio!