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.