Does the prospect of selecting the right combination of vitamins and herbs fill you with a bit of dread? More than likely that’s the case if you’ve ever looked into a kitchen cabinet of one of your health-conscious friends — only to be faced with a dizzying array of bottles.
Figuring out what you should include as part of your daily vitamin routine can take some time. It can take time to understand the various symptoms you’re experiencing — sometimes requiring you to slow down enough to determine what’s normal and what’s abnormal. Do you have dry skin or low energy? Supplements could help.
But first things first. Let’s start with the building blocks of a vitamin regimen that gets you started on a solid foundation. Also, remember that it’s important to include more nutrient-rich foods in your diet as a natural source for vitamins and minerals.
Start with these 4 vitamins and supplements:
1. A multivitamin. When it comes to meeting the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamins in minerals, most of us are doing a lousy job. In fact, very few people hit the mark, according to a University of Illinois study. “We found that American people consume much lower amounts of nutrients than are recommended,” the report stated. “Only 4.7 percent of adults consume recommended amounts of potassium.” A quality multivitamin can help make up some of those deficiencies. Check the RDA chart for reference.
2. Potassium. Even if your multivitamin has potassium, there’s a good chance you won’t get adequate amounts of this mineral that helps your muscles, including your heart muscles, contract. It also helps you maintain a normal blood pressure. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, you need 4,700 mg of potassium daily or 5,100 mg, if you’re breastfeeding. To get this mineral naturally, eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts.
3. Fiber. The University of Illinois study also revealed that only 11.3 percent of Americans were getting the daily recommended intake of fiber. If you’re not eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes every day, you probably fall in that category. Try harder. You also can take fiber as a supplement to your diet.
4. Fish oil. With the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA an important supplement for your brain function, up your intake of salmon and other fatty fish. You also can take fish oil as a supplement.
There are plenty of other vitamins and supplements worthy of your kitchen cabinet. In addition to improving your diet, these four are a good building block to help you get started on a daily routine. Check Wonder Labs for a variety of options in multivitamins, fish oil, potassium, fiber and other supplements.