How to know what supplements
Written by Wendy Tarlow
These days, it seems like everyone's supplement cabinet is packed with
vitamin and herbal supplements, pep pills, or the latest weight loss miracle
pill. We have come a long way from taking a Once-a-Day Multivitamin--Now drugstores
carry many different choices.
But do we need them?
What do we really know about those supplements we take diligently every day?
Supplements have many health benefits, but they can also have huge drawbacks.
I have remained a huge believer in getting most of my nutrients from fresh foods
while remaining aware that there are major benefits to following herbal trends:
boosting the immune system or balancing our increasingly growing stressful lives.
It really is simple:
- Weight Loss = Exercise, movement, eliminating toxic manufactured foods
and sodas from our diet. It takes 30-40 minutes a day of walking, bike riding,
kayaking, and running to keep your body from falling into sluggish decline.
- Strength/ Tone = Our bodies need to lift, step, bend, get up and out of
a seat in order to maintain the lean muscle mass that is needed to have an efficient
metabolism and a well working machine. It takes 30-45 minutes 3-4xs a week to
accomplish maintenance for your body. To make sure that your lean muscle mass
is not degenerating means that you must be disciplined and committed to your
ultimate physical condition.
- Supplements = Adults and most kids need a multivitamin
in their diets as well as added calcium/magnesium and trace minerals. One Clean
Branded Supplement is really all you need unless your Doctor specifies otherwise.
Your licensed physician should be prescribing, not yourself, not me (a fitness
expert), not fitness magazines and not food stores.
I endorse one line of products called Shaklee Brand because they are a clean
line of products and it is convenient for my clients to choose from. However,
I do not push these supplements. If a client is adamant about taking something,
I only advise choosing a supplement that is clean and pure.
Your safest bet is to listen to the recommendation of a licensed nutritionist
or medical doctor. When asked for her stance on supplementation, *Valerie L.
Lopez, licensed acupuncturist states,
“Supplements and herbs really need to be viewed in conjunction with
existing medical conditions, prescription medication, nutritional habits, lifestyle,
and overall objectives. Taking a single supplement to achieve a desired outcome
without the required precursors is a wasted effort. Common sense is the best
approach to supplementation. Getting direction from a qualified healthcare professional
who can work with your goal or objective is your best course of action-they will
be able to see the big picture, suggest the proper high quality supplements and
herbs, and guide you there safely.”
At Fitness Together we stress all aspects of health. But aside from providing
nutritional guidance and endorsing products that we have researched to be of
good quality, we are not here to prescribe anything except exercise.
Call to set up a consultation today - (954) 491-7988 1759
Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33334
*Valerie L. Lopez, AP can be reached at (954) 938-2001, (954) 566-0444
N. Federal Hwy Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33305