Back in the day, I used to go into the local supplement store in my hometown like a kid in a candy store.
All the different colored bottles promising to put on 10lbs of muscle in 30 days, lose 10lbs of body fat in two weeks, or increase your strength by 30%.
I took basically everything I could afford. And that set my results way back because I should have been buying food, not some random herb from a fluorescent red bottle.
Supplements should supplement your diet, not replace it.
You’ll never get the results you want if you buy supplements instead of real food. With that being said, if you have the budget for it, here are 3 supplements everyone should be taking.
It’s not sexy, but it’s one of the best things you can take for your overall health and wellbeing.
A high-quality multivitamin is like an insurance policy. You have insurance on your car in case something happens to it. Hopefully you don’t get into an accident, but in the case that you do, you have insurance to help you out.
That’s kinda like a multivitamin. You should be eating a wide variety of whole foods like meats, poultry, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. But sometimes your diet isn’t perfectly balanced, or you just really want a burger and fries or pizza.
Taking a multivitamin is a good way to ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need. So what is the difference between a good multivitamin and a bad one?
Low-quality multivitamins will have the cheapest vitamins and minerals, which means that you’ll probably just end up sending them down the toilet (literally).
A higher-quality multivitamin is going to have better types of vitamins and chelated minerals that are easier for your body to absorb.
If you’re trying to lose body fat, it’s even more important that you take a multivitamin. Our soil has been depleted of nutrients over time, so a lot of food is actually lower in vitamins and minerals than what is on the label.
If you are eating less than 2500 calories per day, it’s really hard to get all your vitamins and minerals. This is where a multivitamin helps to ensure you get everything you need.
Click below to get the multivitamin my wife and I take everyday.
If you’re not taking vitamin D, you’re missing out.
Here’s what we know about vitamin D:
It acts more like a hormone than a vitamin. Just like any hormone in the body (thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, etc) if the levels are not optimal, then your health is not optimal.
For health, vitamin D plays a role in almost every system in your body, from your immune system, nervous system, to your digestive system. Optimal levels help these systems work how they should.
Normal levels of vitamin D have been shown to help reduce body fat and build muscle. So if you’re just worried about looking good, make sure you get enough vitamin D in each day.
Now, can’t we just get it from the sun.
Sort of. If you’re lean and healthy, it’s the middle of summer, and it’s sunny out, then yes. As long as you have most of your body exposed to it.
However, if during late fall to early spring, the sunlight isn’t strong enough for your to create sufficient levels of vitamin D.
Also, with most people working inside all day long, it leaves little opportunity to get vitamin D naturally.
2,000-5,000 IU daily is a safe amount. Some people need less and some need as much as 10,000 IU. Get blood work done to check your vitamin D levels. Best part, vitamin D supplements are dirt cheap so they can work with any budget.
(Getting enough omega-3s in the Standard American Diet (SAD) is tough. We get way too many omega-6s in our diets and that can cause systemic inflammation, which could lead to chronic health issues down the road.
Omega-3s help reduce inflammation, support brain health, support joint and connective tissue health (which includes skin), and a host of other health benefits.
But the newest thing that was found out about omega-3s is that it helps protect your telomeres.
Telomeres are on the ends of your chromosomes (the things that hold your DNA). The DNA in telomeres actually doesn’t do anything directly, what it does is protect your actual DNA from damage.
Every time your cells split (which happens millions of times each day), there is a chance that there could be something that goes wrong. The telomeres help protect the DNA, but every time they do, they get a little shorter.
So the longer the telomeres, the longer your life expectancy. Things like stress, alcohol and drug abuse, poor diet, and other factors can speed up the shortening of your telomeres.
Good lifestyle and diet choices, like taking fish oil, can help protect your telomeres and slow down the aging process.
Now typically you need to take 3-5 pills to get enough omega-3s from a standard fish oil pill. The one below you can take one or two per day since it’s concentrated.
Before you order anything above, make sure that most of your budget is spent on high quality food. Then, if there is anything left over, buy supplements are start with these three.
Many people need a few more supplements than the above three. If you need help sorting through the B.S. and snake oil out there and want a solid nutrition and supplement plan, click the link below and sign up for a 10-minute coaching call.