Each of us is as unique as a snowflake. As we learn more about our genome, it is clear that everyone has a genetic map, only found in them. It stands to reason that, when it comes to supplements, there is no such thing as a one size fits all solution. We clearly react differently do foods. We likewise have differing needs for vitamin and mineral supplementation.
Today, blood tests are available to help you identify your deficiencies and to prescribe appropriate supplementation for you. The more detailed the blood analysis, the more precise a supplement decision can become. Further, a quick swab of the cheek, and you can send off a DNA sample that can “provide access to a map of the bacteria that make up the microbiome, and an analysis of your genetic makeup”1Thorne Research.
Points that you should assess
Here are 8 areas that you should consider when determining your supplementation plan.
- How do you feel on a basic level? – Are you meeting your energy (calorie), hydration, and vitamin and mineral needs? We should all know how many calories that it takes to fuel us based upon our age, exercise regimen, and our daily average caloric intake.
- Do you maintain a unique diet? – Are you omitting food groups from your diet, like meat, or dairy? What about vegetables, nuts or grains? If you are, you should identify what nutrients your body needs that are largely found in the omitted group(s).
- Is your Doctor a nutritionist? – If not, you should consider seeing one. These folks can help you understand how to supplement, based upon your normal diet.
- How is your digestion? – Most of us have some level of problem digesting all foods adequately. The result: we miss out on absorbing nutrients from poorly digested foods. Healthy digestion is supported by probiotics and enzymes that help breakdown food.
- Are you extremely active? – The more active you are, the more energy your body will demand. Make sure you get the extra calories and nutrients you need to support activity.
- Are you alert and “quick”? – The brain works hard. It needs to be fueled with energy and nutrients. Specific nutrients and minerals are valuable to the brain and you need to ensure you are getting them from some source.
- Do you have a high stress job or lifestyle? – Our bodies respond adversely to stress, particularly if it is prolonged. Know what you can do about your body’s need for support when you are stressed.
- How is your sleep? – Most of us skimp on sleep to get in all the demands of the day. Certain supplements can help support normal sleep when it is frequently abbreviated.
What to do next
Our recommendation would be that you speak with your Doctor or Nutritionist about getting tested. Testing will set a baseline for them to work from with you. After your results are back, together, you should put together a plan made up of diet and supplements that meet your body’s needs. Hopefully, the list above got you thinking, and you will be able to speak to each of these areas with your healthcare professional.
Supplementation in many cases, remains an art. You may need to try a few things before you feel that you have reached your optimum solution.
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