There seems to be a certain stigma associated with using supplements and unfortunately it tends to be a negative one.  The old fashioned stance on the subject is that you get all the nutrients you need from your meals. The facts are that most people these days don’t eat a balanced diet due to time constraints, work or family commitments, as a result the body often lacks the full range of nutrition it requires for optimum health.  This in turn creates an imbalance in the body often leading to a lower resistance to illness, poor digestive functioning a lack of energy and skin problems to name just a few.

Most of us know what we should and shouldn’t be eating but the reality is that it’s not always easy to stick to the type of diets that are recommended to us.  Eating a balanced healthy diet of proteins, carbohydrates, dairy products, fruits and vegetables — and yes, even some healthy fats are the key to providing the body with the nutrients it needs for day to day functioning and long term health.

When this is not always possible the obvious choice is to look at what using supplements can do for us, this is not to say that they should be used as alternative to eating well but as some assistance.  With hundreds if not thousands of different products on the market it is difficult to know where to begin.

At the very least a decent multi vitamin and mineral supplement should be taken on a daily basis by adults and children over the age of 3.  As incredible as the body is, it can’t make vitamins so these need to be consumed on a daily basis for the body to maintain health.

Sufficient protein in the diet is critical for the functioning and regulation of the bodies tissues and organs, good quality protein often lacks in modern day diets and is something that should be considered when thinking about using supplements.

Whatever your health goals are the importance of eating breakfast for most people including children can not be highlighted enough.  The body has been in “rest and recover mode” throughout the night so by giving it sufficient fuel with a healthy nutritious breakfast it kick starts the metabolism into action.  This should be quality not quantity, sugar laden cereals are not the way to go as this causes a sugar spike followed by a crash a couple of hours later when blood glucose is depleted, it is at this point we crave more sugary foods to boost feelings of lethargy, and so the cycle continues.

Many people say they can’t eat breakfast, don’t have time or don’t feel like eating first thing in the morning, the simple answer is you have to try.  The human body is extremely adaptable and in most cases it just takes a bit of planning and effort to get used to eating breakfast.

Start by having something small, a slice of toast with a healthy spread, an egg on toast, a banana etc.  This is when the benefits of using a supplement can really help, alongside whatever food option you decide upon, having a protein shake provides you with the additional nutrients your body needs. The misconception that protein shakes are only for athletes or body builders is wrong, not only are they an excellent way to get good quality protein into your diet they often contain additional vitamins and minerals that your body requires on a daily basis for optimal functioning.

You can make your own mind up as to whether supplements are for you and your family or not but for a small investment each month in your health and well being surely it is worth a try.

Below I have provided two companies that I use on a day to day basis, they both provide top quality products and use only the best ingredients. The products are reasonably priced and I rate them as two of the best companies I have come across over the years.

The first is The Protein Works, this is more of a sports orientated company but cater for all different levels and health and fitness goals.  Very reasonably priced, I use one of their protein products on a daily basis and can see and feel the benefits.

Lily & Loaf is another company I highly recommend, they have a huge variety of products for all sorts of different aspects of health and well being. I continue to use their products and my clients have also seen huge benefits in their health from using these natural products compared to conventional medicines.  I value their products to the extent that I have signed up to hosting an online shop (in the link below) which caters for adults, children and even pets.  They even offer a 90 day money back guarantee with their products.

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