(BPT) - You know the guidelines: the best way to give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs is through healthy eating, including consuming lots of fruits and veggies. And while getting vitamins, nutrients and other components from food, such as bioactives to help our bodies perform their best, is ideal, let’s face it ... it’s not always feasible.
There are plenty of reasons many of us aren’t getting all we need from our meals and snacks. Maybe it’s a dietary restriction, like a food allergy or following a vegetarian diet. Perhaps it’s a health issue that’s keeping our body from absorbing all the nutrients we need. Sometimes the best foods for certain vitamins, nutrients and bioactives aren’t your favorite (looking at you, liver). Or you are unsure of the amount you should get in your diet for optimal health.
That’s where supplements can come in to help our bodies get what they need to perform their best. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supplements “may help ensure that you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients or help promote optimal health and performance if you do not consume a variety of foods.”
We sat down with registered dietitian, Wall Street Journal best-selling cookbook author and nutrition consultant Toby Amidor to get her take, and these are the supplements, in no particular order, she recommends adding to your daily routine ASAP:
But Amidor says be careful what you put into your body — some supplements can interact with other medications, and not all supplements are created equal! Here’s her advice for consumers:
Your body may not be getting the nutrients it needs to perform its best from your daily meals and snacks, but if you follow this advice, you can use supplements to bridge the gap your diet may be leaving!
Toby Amidor is a paid partner of Mars.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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