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While what you eat is important, the nutrients you get from the food is even more so. From filling nutritional gaps to improving digestion, here’s why you should consider incorporating supplements into your daily diet.
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We all know the adage: You are what you eat. So eating well naturally leads to a healthy you.

And while dietary supplements have always been around – who doesn’t remember their mum making them take vitamin C and cod liver oil for good health while growing up – it seems like there’s been a growing interest in them in the recent years. With increasing health-consciousness globally due to the pandemic, many people are taking steps to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Plus, with so many options out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

We bet we aren’t the only ones wondering if we really need a multi-vitamin or extra vitamin C if we’re already consuming our daily two servings of vegetables and fruits.

But think again. Here are four reasons why you might want to start supplementing (pun intended) your daily diet stat.

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4 Reasons To Add Supplements To Your Daily Diet

#1 Bridging The Nutritional Gap

Did you know that 90 per cent of us aren’t getting the recommended amount of nutrients from our daily food intake? You would think that with all that we eat, we should be able to consume all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need daily.

But with erratic meal times, unhealthy eating habits and strict dietary restrictions like vegan, keto or intermittent fasting, it can often mean that we're consuming fewer nutrients than what's required.

This is where dietary supplements can fill in the nutritional gap and help you maintain a good balance for a healthy you

Supplements to add:

  • Multi-vitamins – It won’t replace a healthy diet or make up for a bad one, but it can fill in the gaps when you’re not getting enough from your daily intake.
     
  • Fish oil – Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, it is a good supplement for general health and wellbeing, as it’s been said to help with heart health, brain cognitive function and even dry eyes.
     
  • Magnesium – A mineral crucial to our body’s function, it helps with heart and bone health, while also keeping blood pressure normal. 

#2 Improving Digestion

Ever wondered why you’re constantly feeling bloated after a meal for hours? Or perhaps you’re visiting the toilet too little, or worse still, too often?

What you eat is important, but how you digest the food is just as important. Digestion breaks down the food we eat into nutrients, which our body then uses for energy, growth and cell repair.

But unfortunately, stress and food sensitivity can lead to a weak digestive system, which can result in poor nutrient absorption, inflammation and irritation of the digestive tract, and even low energy.

To combat this, opt for supplements that work to improve your overall health and digestion.

Supplements to add:

  • Probiotics – Balances the “friendly” bacteria in your gut, which in turn, boosts your digestive and even immune system.
     
  • Ginger – Not only rich in antioxidants, but it also improves digestion and reduces bloating.
     
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Besides being a popular home remedy to aid digestion, it has also been found to help shed the pounds and improve blood sugar and insulin levels.

Try this: Holistic Way’s Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy, $36 (bottle of 60 gummies). It contains concentrated apple cider vinegar together with folate, vitamin B12, pomegranate and beet juice powders for overall health and wellness, from improving energy levels, metabolism and digestion. 
 

#3 Improving Nutrient Absorption As You Age

As much as we would like to age well, like a bottle of fine wine, it’s a natural fact that our bodies decline with age.

Besides wrinkles and sagging, as well as aches and pains, our body’s capabilities to break down and absorb the nutrients from the food we consume also gets reduced. Plus, older folks also have a lower metabolic rate to contend with, which means easier weight gain. So while you might need fewer calories, you should not compromise on the nutrients you need daily.

With the right supplements, you can restore your body’s balance, giving it the extra nutrients it needs to age well.

Supplements to add:

  • Vitamin B complex – It includes a whole host of B vitamins, including vitamins B12 and B9 (folate, a dietary derivative of folic acid). Together, it keeps your metabolism going, and strengthens your cardiovascular system and heart for a healthier you.
     
  • Vitamin C – Regardless of any age, vitamin C is always needed. It is necessary for the growth, repair and development of our body tissues, helps with formation of collagen and boosts our immune system as well as protecting against free radical damage that can lead to heart disease and even arthritis.
     
  • Potassium – This mineral doesn’t just keep your bones strong but it’s also been found to reduce high blood pressure and keep kidney stones at bay.

#4 Enhancing Hair Quality

Is it just us or did you also notice an increase in hair fall during the pandemic? The stress of juggling home-based learning with your kids coupled with dealing with stay-home days and longer working hours can take a toll on our bodies, skin and hair.

The right nutrients play an important role in ensuring that our hair is healthy. And when hair is strong, it is better able to withstand all the things we do with it, like colour, perm and even the daily use of heated styling tools. Besides eating the right foods, adding supplements can also help in building hair resilience for a luscious crowning glory.

Supplements to add:

  • Vitamin B7 – Also known as biotin, it stimulates the hair’s keratin production for stronger hair, and nails too.
     
  • Vitamin D – Not just important for our bones, but low levels of vitamin D has also been linked to hair loss. Complement it with magnesium to enhance its absorption.
     
  • Zinc – Helps make proteins in the hair for stronger, healthier locks. 

Loading Up On Your Vitamins & Minerals

Health is wealth. And to keep you in tip-top condition, incorporating supplements into your daily diet is an easy way to go. Holistic Way makes it even easier with its wide range of vitamins and mineral supplements to help you with all your health woes.

Whether you’ve been relying a little too much on convenience and overprocessed foods, having problems with your digestive system or have low energy levels, there is something for you at Holistic Way. There are even specific ones tailored for your kids, your man and your parents too.

Still not sure what you should be taking? Head over to the Holistic Way website and take the Health Advisor quiz where you’ll find recommended supplements based on your concerns, energy levels and even how much screen time you’re exposed to. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

 

For all your supplement needs, shop at www.holisticway.com.sg.

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