The quality of our food today is questionable. Processed foods that contain little or no nutritional value are consumed as part of a stable diet and modern day agriculture has lowered the nutrient value of our fruit, vegetables meat and dairy produce. I encourage all of my personal training clients to buy certified organic as their first choice then work down the availability food chain. In the ACT we are lucky to have the access to some wonderful organic food available each weekend at the Farmers Markets or from Organic Energy at Griffith shops and local grower Choku Baj Jo North Lyneham and Curtin shops.
Availability food chain order
1 Certified Organic 1 Certified Organic Free range
2 Organic 2 Organic
3 Locally Farmed 3 Locally Farmed Free-range
4 Commercial 4 Commercial-Hormone Free
Even if you are doing all of the above, none of us are perfect. We lead busy and sometimes stressful lives, and in these times we have a tendency to let our health slip, either by eating the wrong foods, drinking to much coffee or alcohol, or not getting enough sleep. All this adds stress to the body. Supplements at these times may be helpful. Other reasons to take supplements are for body ailments or prevention, for example bad knees, joints, osteoarthritis, hay fever, insomnia, digestion and so forth.
At one point in your life you have most likely taken a vitamin, mineral or herbal supplement. When considering a supplement take into account the following, as not all are created equally.
- What is the purpose of the supplement?
- What benefits do I hope to gain by taking the supplement?
- Is the supplement safe to take with other pharmaceutical or herbal medications?
- Quality – does it come for a natural food source or is it synthetic? (your body does not recognized synthetic compounds hence no benefit)
- Manufacturers’ reputation and quality controls; is the supplement TGA approved?
I recommend if you are taking a supplement to run through this check list and see if it measures up. Another good idea is to stop taking the supplement for four weeks then re introduce. Trust that your body will give you feedback and then honour what it is telling to you. Like all things in life its about finding balance.