No substitute

HEALTH:

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is something we all aspire to, but many of us will admit to falling short when it comes to making the right choices every day.

In today’s health-conscious society there are a bewildering range of vitamins and minerals available to supposedly boost our wellbeing, but can they really bridge the gap?

EXERCISE:

Supplementing your diet with protein shakes can be convenient for gym-goers, but that doesn’t make them necessary. Research shows that if the total quantity of protein you consume in your daily diet is sufficient then it is unlikely that adding protein powder will result in any additional health gains.

Making an effort to eat a source of complete protein (such as meat, fish, poultry, milk, cheese or eggs) with each meal is both cheaper and tastier!

NUTRITION:

They may seem harmless enough but some nutritional supplements can interact with prescription medications – making them less effective – and others (such as vitamins A, D, E, K and iron) can be toxic in high doses.

It is very difficult to overdose on vitamins and minerals from food, so try making some improvements to your diet before forking out on expensive supplements. You may be doing yourself more harm than good.

© Sarah West Nutrition

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