I have a confession. Until just recently I was quite anti-nutritional supplementation. I was of the opinion that supplements were an unnecessary, expensive ‘luxury’, sold by a money making industry disguised as ‘do gooders’. I also thought it was unnecessary if you were on a good diet.
Then, while I was pregnant with my second child and studying kinesiology, I found myself in front of a teacher covering the subject of nutrition and supplementation. “Supplementation is no longer a luxury but a necessity” I was told. “The less-than fresh food we eat, the oxidative environment we live in, the stress of our lives, etc etc. means we can no longer afford NOT to supplement.”
As many of you might know, pregnancy is a time when most women will take supplements. I was on a number at the time, and all of a brand I thought were of good, reputable quality. Yet I was feeling exhausted and emotional but who doesn’t when they are pregnant right? And then on that day I was muscle tested…
It turns out the supplements I was taking did not agree with my body and I was not taking nearly enough to keep up with my pregnant body’s needs. I was quite annoyed by the finding. I thought I had been doing the right thing. Not only was I not taking the right products but now I had to go and spend more money on a new range of products. Since I was feeling fatigued and emotional (and not particularly enjoying it) I decided to implement the recommendations.
I notice the difference immediately. I had more energy, less mood swings, zero cravings, and I stopped putting on excess weight. It was a great improvement in the pregnancy and I was very grateful.
They say gratitude is the shortest lived emotion and so it was with me. Fast forward a couple of years later and again I found myself tired and emotional. This time I was NOT pregnant. I suspected I needed to supplement but was in denial about my body’s need for it. I muscle tested myself to see what exactly I needed, how much and for how long. It was a lot, it was expensive but it made me feel unquestionably better.
I’m still on this regime of supplements and I’m still genuinely surprised by how good I feel and how well I’m coping with stressful episodes if they pop up. I’m going through a very intensive, stressful project at the moment and I’m focused, my energy is good and best of all, I’m not irritable or snappish.
So next time you visit your complementary therapist – hopefully a kinesiologist – don’t brush off their suggestions to supplement with vitamins/minerals/proteins etc. There are, however, three things I’d like you to keep in mind;
1. Even though a product is labelled a nutritional supplement, it doesn’t mean it is good for you. Choose only wholefood supplements which are free from synthetic ingredients and ‘fillers’. Do a little research before committing to a brand.
2. Beware the bargains. Supplements that can be bought in bulk, at super cheap prices, should be given the wide berth. Cheap products can often mean cheap ingredients and ‘fillers’. These keep the costs down but the quality is compromised.
3. If you are on supplementation and you’re not noticing a difference/improvement then you should a) check they are the right supplements (for you) and b) check you’re taking the right quantity at the right time of day (A kinesiologist can help you with this).
Wishing you good health.
My preferred nutritional supplements are those from the GNLD range. This brand consistently tests up positive with my clients and is the brand I have taken since studying kinesiology. If you are interested in purchasing anything from the GNLD range, please contact me. Please note this article has not been sponsored by GNLD nor have I received a financial contribution for mentioning their products. This is my opinion based on my own experiences and training.