This is a guest post by Olivia Anna who is studying to become a personal trainer and also has a lifestyle blog which she runs in her spare time. he is currently fundraising on PledgeSports.
From what I have seen recently, it has become trendy to include various supplements in our diet. They are available to everyone without a prescription and we take them to ensure or support health. Although not everyone needs the same supplements, and before you take any of them, you should ask yourself, “Do I need it or not?” “What’s missing in my diet?”.
Obviously, leading a healthy lifestyle and diet should provide you with all the nutrients you need, but sometimes, for a variety of reasons, such as exercise, genetics, health issues, one may find one certain more than the other. There may be a need for more or less of the product.
But I am not writing here to tell you what supplements you should or should not do, as it is up to you and your dietitian or doctor to decide.
Today, I wanted to talk about my diet and show how to reduce the need for any supplements.
#1 Incorporate Superfoods
I make sure to include as many superfoods as possible in my main meals to get those omega 3s, vitamins and other important nutrients on point.
For example, I always add flaxseed, turmeric, barley grass and nuts to my morning porridge. This way you provide your body with healthy fats, amino acids and other nutrients that aid digestion, brain and overall performance.
#2 Protein ?
I myself take protein supplements but only on the days when I work out. I don’t eat meat or any dairy products, hence why it’s more difficult for me to reach my protein goals. But I advise everyone to try to reach them by eating only real foods if you can, not powdered proteins. The one I’m using is Pulsin Soy Protein.
#3 Limit coffee intake
Many of us take our daily intake of magnesium, and then drink 3 cups of coffee.. Strange?
try to drink decaf coffee Or at least limit your caffeine intake and you will see amazing results!
I myself am a fan of coffee, can’t help it, so I make sure I have decaffeinated coffee in my kitchen and I just drink green tea to push myself.
Also – don’t be afraid of dark chocolate!! Real dark chocolate is a great and natural source of magnesium, keep that in mind!
Certainly – being vegetarian or basically cutting any nutrients out of your diet will contribute most to you taking supplements.
If you don’t have any allergies, health issues etc., I strongly recommend you eat everything in moderation and your system is working properly – you won’t need anything extra!
For me, because I had to cut diary from my diet, I supplement Vitamin B12 and D, like every vegetarian should!!!