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Today we’re going to be talking about supplements.

Whole foods, not supplements, are going to be your best source of nutrition. They contain all the micro- and macronutrients that you need all at once, so that you can properly digest them and absorb them.

Macronutrients are the components of food that give you actual energy. They have calories. That would include carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Micro nutrients include substances like vitamins, minerals, trace metals, stuff like that. Although they don’t provide calories and energy directly, they are necessary for all the processes in your body.

In order to get all that at once, you should be eating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, calorically dense foods that have their natural fiber intact, lean sources of meat and dairy, as well as natural fats that have not been subjected to high heat. Once you’ve eaten all these satiating, satisfying, beautiful meals, if you still have some gaps in terms of caloric need or micro/macronutrients, that is when you finally start using pills and powders. You want to get the super majority of your nutrition from real food, and you use the supplements as they were intended as supplements. They fill gaps and they should not be your primary source of nutrition.

So in summation…

  1. Whole foods are your best source of nutrition.
  2. Macronutrients are those that give you calories. There are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and they are used as building blocks for tissues throughout the body.
  3. Micronutrients don’t give you energy, but they’re necessary for all the processes in the body.
  4. Eat a wide variety of natural, unprocessed foods.
  5. Remember to use supplements as they were intended: To fill gaps in your nutrition.

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Here are supplements I have used and recommend (but only when you truly need them!).

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Jack Kirven is a mobile personal trainer in Charlotte, NC. He is the owner of INTEGRE8T Wellness.

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