Do Food Supplements Really Keep You Healthy? Women's Nutrition

It’s no secret that most women like to be complimented on the way they look. Being able to fit into clothes that you used to be too big for, or finally filling out that bikini the way you always wanted to is satisfying indeed.

A huge problem with the desire to be slim is that it can often tip over into a desire to be skinny. I’m guilty of this myself. When you don’t quite think that the way that you look is good enough, and when the food that you eat isn’t quite enough – so you turn to supplements to suppress your appetite, or to boost your metabolism. It can be a difficult cycle to get out of, once you’re already stuck in it.

 

What’s the solution? What are you supposed to do when you want to lose more weight, and you can’t? The healthiest thing you can do: accept that your body is the size it wants to be, if you’re eating well and exercising, or tweak your diet and exercise plan until you start to notice changes. Unless you’re severely overweight, steer clear of the supplements, and make sure that you’re under the supervision of your doctor.

Now – onto supplements that will keep you healthy. As we grow older, and as things like the pre-menopause and the menopause kick in, supplements may be necessary in order to keep your bones strong and healthy, and to reduce the risk of developing things like osteoarthritis. Taking calcium could also reduce the risk of breakages, too.

To stay healthy, you need the golden triangle: healthy lifestyle, a proper diet and exercise regime, and mental wellness. It’s hard to achieve that balance, especially if you have stress in your life or at work, or if you can’t find the time to exercise – or even if you’re allergic to certain fruits and vegetables. If you can’t achieve that balance, that’s where a multivitamin might come in. Omega-3s and omega-6s might be an appropriate supplement to take, too, especially if you don’t eat a lot of oily fish. A calcium supplement also comes in handy here if your diet doesn’t include a lot of calcium containing foods.

Calcium absorption is a slow process, and the amount of calcium needed increases when you get pregnant, during lactation, and during the menopause. That’s why it’s important to take a supplement, if needed, so that you can get the nutrients you need with minimal fuss.

It’s always a good idea to try to provide your body with what you need through your diet, first, if you can. If you’re still not getting what you need, speak to your doctor, and consider taking a supplement so that you can achieve optimum health with minimum effort.