Dr Peter Succar heads up the Product Research Team at Healthy Being and is an enthusiastic Health & Fitness Lifestyle Coach. He’s passionate about helping others obtain optimum health, advocating realistic and achievable changes in diets and lifestyles that promote the body’s natural immunity, its ability to self-heal and achieve overall mental and physical well-being.
You have a million and one things on your to-do list. You’re always on the go, chasing after your kids, driving them to school and sports practice, and trying to get dinner on the table. You’re exhausted!
This may leave little time for you to think about your nutrition. While lack of time is never a great excuse for not eating healthy, it is, unfortunately quite a valid excuse. While learning to eat healthier despite having no time is a whole other topic, today we’re going to talk about how to address nutritional deficiencies with vitamin supplements.
If you aren’t eating a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, seeds, and lean meats, you may be falling low on key vitamins and minerals. It is especially important to stay healthy in the winter to maximise your defence against colds and flu.
The good news is that with a few smart supplements, you can get your intake back on track. These should never replace whole foods, but they can definitely give you that piece of mind in knowing that you’re covered.
Here’s your guide to vitamin supplements.
VITAMINS FOR BUSY MUMS
A Multi-Vitamin – Do You Need?
If you find yourself eating unhealthy food or neglecting your nutrition overall, you’ll definitely need to find a way to get the essential nutrients and minerals your body needs to function and stay healthy.
The most commonly used supplement is a multi-vitamin and mineral formula. Generally speaking, this is the simplest and most efficient way to get a bit of everything. So in some situations, a multi is your ideal option.
If you are going to choose a multi-vitamin, do keep in mind that there are various types available. You’ll want to choose the one that bests meets your needs. For instance, opting for a female specific multi whenever possible, or if you are currently trying to get pregnant or are pregnant, you’ll want a prenatal vitamin and mineral formula. If you are especially active and training hard in sport, you may look into an active female formula.
You’ll need different levels of micronutrients at different stages of your life, so it’s a good idea to account for this.
Most importantly though, you want to avoid the typical over the shelf vitamins that you find in any chemist. These are full of synthetic and isolated compounds that usually aren’t absorbed by the body very well and may even do more harm than good. Instead, you should always choose a natural, organic multi-vitamin that contains ingredients designed to work with your body. For instance, the Raw Prebiotic Women’s Multi by Amazonia is formulated with the perfect blend of vitamin C as well as prebiotics to assist with digestion. This is an added benefit you won’t receive from the everyday multi produced by large pharmaceutical companies.
You should also consider following nature’s lead and take in some nutrient-dense organic formulations containing nature’s most potent superfoods. There are so many organic superfoods, they’re all highly bioavailable (above 98% absorption), and we’ll pretty much provide you with every nutrient and mineral your body will ever need to stay healthy.
Individual Vitamins And Minerals for busy mums
You may also look into individual vitamins and minerals, and this can be a great option if you tend to eat healthy most of the time but are always falling short in one or two areas; this could be because you’re either a picky eater or you simply don’t include certain foods in your diet for some reasons. It is also an unfortunate fact that most of the ‘fresh’ food we buy is simply depleted of nutrients and goodness.
Here are the main individual nutrients to consider:
If you avoid all red meat, you’ll want to consider supplementing with iron. Many women fall short in iron because they lose some blood each month with their cycle and they aren’t replacing this with the foods they eat.
If you are low in iron, it may lead to iron-deficiency anemia and you may find that you grow more and more tired by the day. Soon, completing simple exercise sessions, or tasks at home becomes a great challenge.
In this case, try an organ colloidal mineral concentrate, it’s the perfect supplement without the side effects of isolated iron supplements.
Calcium is the next mineral that you’ll want to consider adding to your supplement protocol. All women need a good dose of calcium to help promote strong bones and if you aren’t eating enough dairy rich foods, you’re likely missing out.
While you can get some calcium from leafy greens, you likely won’t get enough to fully meet your needs.
Do take caution though: too much supplemental calcium can lead to kidney stones, so don’t overdo this one. Keep it to a safe amount and you’ll be fine.
The GreenCALCIUM range by Green Nutritionals is a pure plant-source calcium, which is easier on the body and less likely to cause adverse side effects. It’s far more natural than your standard calcium supplement.
Vitamin D is the next mineral that is a regular must-have. It’s very important for building stronger bones, keeping your hormones in check, improving energy levels, and may even reduce your risk of breast cancer.
The best way to take in some Vitamin D is to expose yourself to sunlight without sunscreen in short intervals of time, preferably when the UV index is less than 3.
You can also get vitamin D from organic hemp seeds or hemp seed oil. Hemp foods are one of nature’s very few plant-foods sources that contains the ‘sunshine’ vitamin.
Finally, also consider a vitamin B complex. You’ll be getting quite a bit of B vitamins in the foods you eat on a daily basis, but you may not get adequate amounts of some of the lesser common ones such as vitamin B6 or vitamin B12.
B vitamins are needed to support optimal metabolic health so skimping on them is never a wise move. If you’ve been feeling more tired and sluggish lately, it could be due to a lack of B vitamins.
B vitamins are also water soluble, so you must consume them daily in order to have your needs met. If you’re looking for a natural boost of all B vitamins, including B12, you can’t go past organic spirulina, in fact the superfood spirulina not only contains a rich source of B vitamins but it also double’s up as a potent multi-vitamin!
So there you have it, the main points to consider when looking for vitamin and mineral supplements. While you should always strive to first and foremost eat healthy, it is extremely beneficial to have natural supplements as back up or extra support to boost your health and well-being and avoid the risks or any unwanted side effects of nutrient deficiencies.