Ep 2: The Smart Approach: 5 Questions to ask yourself Before Trying Supplements

Main Points Covered:

1. Are there any lifestyle habits I'm currently doing that might not be helping me?

  • Before diving into supplements, evaluate your daily routines and habits.
  • Your existing routines might be contributing to the health issue you're trying to address.
  • Example: Poor sleep habits may require more than a melatonin supplement; addressing sleep hygiene is essential.

2. Is this nutrient in its most effective bioavailable form?

  • Consider whether the supplement provides the nutrient in a form your body can easily absorb.
  • Example: Folic acid vs. 5-MTHF (a form of folate); some forms of nutrients are more easily absorbed.
  • Factors like gut issues or specific genetic variations can affect absorption.

3. Am I supporting my gut health?

  • Nutrient absorption happens in the gut; a healthy gut is crucial.
  • Gut issues can lead to poor nutrient absorption and deficiencies.
  • Dysbiosis (an imbalance of gut bacteria) and inflammatory foods can harm your gut.

4. Have I tried getting enough of this nutrient from food?

  • Nutrients in natural, food-based forms are often more easily absorbed.
  • Food provides a combination of nutrients that can enhance absorption.
  • Example: Calcium from kale, enriched with vitamin C for better absorption.

5. What else is in this supplement?

  • Check the supplement's ingredient list for additives, sweeteners, and preservatives.
  • Avoid supplements with added sugars, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, and hydrogenated oils.
  • Watch out for hidden ingredients like magnesium silicate and titanium dioxide, often found in supplements with taste masking.
  • Low-quality ingredients can negate the benefits of the supplement.

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