Supplements often promise to keep you looking young, your joints mobile, increase your metabolism, improve your energy levels and so much more. For almost every wish, there is a bottle promising the desired results. So how do we know how reliable these claims are. Are supplements are worth it, and which ones to choose from?
Yogis are often renowned for their love of nature and their passion for health. Yoga is a practice which has been built upon for centuries, with benefits proven over many years. With this in mind, it is suggested that natural supplements are the preferred choice, over synthetic vitamins. Natural vitamins from reputable companies, tend to include less artificial ingredients, which often cannot be digested, making the vitamin of no benefit to your body. Others include artificial colourings or binding materials, which often are not of benefit to your health. Read the ingredients on the back of your bottles to ensure you are buying natural products.
Just like our yoga practice, what we want from a supplement differs from person to person. Some people yoga for peace of mind, others for increased flexibility or strength. In the same way, some people may want to take supplements to increase their iron levels, improve their energy or improve their skin condition. You may spend little time in the sun and want to increase your vitamin D levels. Or, you may worry about your joints and require more lubrication. Whatever your individual requirements, your supplements need to enhance your health.
It is recommended that you do your own research on the benefits of supplements and make your own decision on whether they will benefit your health. Marketing tools will promise you instant results, however you need to have realistic expectations and know what you are putting into your body.
Studies may differ, showing differing benefits to various supplements and vitamins, however it is still believed that no amount of tablets or other items can replace a healthy, balanced diet. Exposure to sunshine, exercise, a healthy balanced diet and mindfulness offer the optimum setting for good health. There is no short cut to being healthy, it takes time and effort, but it is the best thing for you to invest your time and effort into.
In an ideal world, we’d all practice yoga regularly, eat fresh, whole foods and get the perfect amount of fresh air, sunshine and sleep. However, sometimes life doesn’t quite go to plan and we need to bridge the gaps in the best way possible. Supplements offer this bridge. Probiotics, Vitamin B12, essential oils and multi vitamins are some of the top, arguably most important supplements available. The combination of these supplements offer potential for good overall health, when used alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle. This said, it is important to ensure you are not taking too many of any particular nutrients. Always stick to the recommended does provided on the label.
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