Supplements are substances that generally fall into the categories of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants or amino acids. They are added to your diet to make up for any nutritional deficiencies you may have.

Why are supplements important for me?

Taking supplements can be of great benefit to you by; increasing your energy levels, improving your overall health and contributing to your longevity. On the other hand, if you are deficient in certain nutrients this can lead to ill health, disease and poor quality of life.

How do I know if I need nutritional supplements in my diet?

Without doing extensive testing there are certain signs and symptoms that may indicate you are lacking one or more nutrients in your diet. For example;

  • White spots on your fingernails may indicate a zinc deficiency
  • Muscle cramps may indicate a magnesium deficiency

How do I become deficient in particular nutrients?

There are many reasons why you may be deficient in a particular nutrient such as;

  • A poor, nutrient dead diet
  • Food allergies
  • Stress
  • A dependency on alcohol, cigarettes or drugs
  • Poor absorption of food via your digestive tract
  • Eating foods that are grown in nutrient deficient soil
  • An underlying disease that increases your body’s demand for a particular nutrient
  • Exposure to heavy metals; which impedes your body’s ability to utilise certain nutrients
  • A higher nutritional requirement compared to other people
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Medications that decrease your body’s availability of specific nutrients. For example the contraceptive pill decreases your body’s vitamin B12 and folic acid levels
  • Genetic abnormality that requires you to have a greater amount of nutrients
  • A poor functioning liver that is unable to properly convert vitamins and amino acids into their active forms

A magnesium deficiency may occur in your body for example by;

  • Eating a diet that is low in green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds (these foods are high in magnesium)
  • Being under a lot of stress (stress depletes your body of magnesium)
  • Drinking alcohol (alcohol increases the excretion of magnesium via your urine)
  • Taking excess calcium supplements (calcium and magnesium compete for absorption at the same receptor sites in your body and calcium is the bully)

This is just one example of how nutritional deficiencies may occur in your body.

If I make diet and lifestyle changes will this correct my nutritional deficiencies?

It will definitely be a step in the right direction if you can improve your diet and make the necessary lifestyle changes to improve your health. If your nutritional deficiencies are small, the changes you make may be enough to correct any imbalances you have.

If your nutritional deficiencies are larger you may benefit from specific supplements or high dose nutritional foods in addition to diet and lifestyle changes. Investigating and correcting the cause of your nutritional imbalances such as heavy metals toxicity, poor digestion, medication or illness should also be conducted by a qualified practitioner. Together these should bring about balance in your body and correct any deficiencies that you may have.

Please contact us for an appointment or visit our online store for a range of nutritional supplements that may be beneficial for you.

Are all supplements equal?

No, not all supplements are equal. Please do not be fooled by attractive advertising! It is highly recommended that you read the label, compare dosages and make sure the nutrients are of a good quality. Check out our multi-vitamin supplement market comparison chart for an example.

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by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds you plant'

Robert Louis Stevenson

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is rich, though he knows it not'

Italian Proverb