Herbs & Vitamins

Our bodies need a whole host of vital nutrients to stay healthy. With our on-the-go lifestyles and busy schedules, many of us have a difficult time consuming all the vitamins and minerals we need each day. It's beneficial for our well-being that we consume all the essentials, but in modern society, it's difficult to do that with diet alone. This is why many health-conscious people turn to nutritional supplements for support!

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The relationship of diet to illness

The truth is, many chronic irritations are often the result of an unbalanced diet. Eating habits in developed countries tend to centre around processed grains and vegetable oils, rather than plant-based foods, whole meats, and unprocessed oils such as those of olives or coconuts. As a result, our meals are loaded with unhealthy compounds like monosodium glutamate (MSG), refined carbohydrates made from bleached flour and processed corn, and beverages flavoured with sugars and high-fructose corn syrup.

When we fill our bodies with food items that aren't nutritionally dense, we consume empty calories and deprive our bodies of essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and amino acids. Not getting the nutrients we need can lead to a wide variety of health problems, ranging from serious issues (such as high cholesterol and arteriosclerosis) to quality-of-life problems like constipation, lethargy, insomnia, acne, decreased libido, anxiety and more.

Why take a supplement?

Adding to your diet in the form of a supplement can help you achieve your nutritional goals. There are many different substances you can add into your diet that you may not be getting from food sources.

Common supplements, vitamins & herbs

Probiotics: Our intestines are lined with billions of healthy bacteria, generally referred to as gut flora. These bacteria aid in digestion, protect against pathogens and generally keep the body healthy by allowing for adequate nutrient absorption. To be clear, it's not that taking a probiotic will put anything into your gut that shouldn't be there in the first place: We naturally carry these bacteria around with us. Taking a probiotic supplement has been known to help treat diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), yeast infections and more. Furthermore, when gut flora allow your intestines to properly absorb the nutrients that pass through it, your body will be able to retain and use the vitamins and minerals you may be taking for other reasons.

Omega-3 fatty acid-rich oils: Fish and cod liver oils are another popular nutritional supplement. Numerous studies have shown that omega-3s contribute to good health in a variety of ways. First of all, omega-3s are essential fatty acids, which mean that the human body cannot manufacture them itself. This means that you need to get omega-3s from food and nutritional supplements. Omega-3s also reduce inflammation in the body. If left unchecked, inflammation can lead to a plethora of health issues, including cancer, arthritis, heart disease and skin problems. Taking fish or cod liver supplements, along with eating a healthful diet and exercising regularly, may help you keep these chronic illnesses at bay.

Vitamins and minerals: It's no secret that we need a variety of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. From beneficial minerals such as calcium, zinc and iron to vitamins A, C, D, K and super-important B group, we all need to make sure we're getting these essential nutrients into our bodies.

Herbs: Herbs are a diverse group of important ingredients that can help promote health in a holistic way. Herbs can be taken for a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, memory problems and sexual dysfunction. Some popular herbal supplements include ginkgo biloba (for memory support), milk thistle (for liver health), valerian (for management of anxiety), ginger (for nausea and digestive issues), St. John's Wort (to help combat depression) and garlic (to help treat high cholesterol).

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