Supplements 101: What You Should Be Taking to Look and Feel Your Best

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The Oxford Dictionary defines a supplement as, “a thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it.” With that in mind, think of a health and dietary supplement as something added to your body to make it look better, feel more energetic, or treat a deficiency. It is not, however, a substitute for natural foods, sleep, rest, and anything else that the human body needs – rather, it’s something to “enhance” it.

We get much of what we need from the environment (there’s plenty of vitamin D to absorb in sunny Dubai) and the fresh produce that we eat, not to mention the on-tap knowledge of what we should and shouldn’t be consuming. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean supplements should be disregarded. With earth becoming increasingly depleted of nutrients, these supplements will really improve the way you feel if you’re deficient in something.

See below for Savoir Flair’s list of five common supplements that are worth looking into if you’re experiencing the related symptoms.

Zinc

This is for you if you have a weak immune system, meaning you are often falling sick or suffer from strong allergies. Fun fact: Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food, so if you feel like you’re experiencing any of the above, why not try adding more of them to your diet?

Magnesium

Magnesium is a vital mineral responsible for a variety of processes within the body. If you find yourself experiencing frequent muscle tremors and cramps during the night, it could be down to a lack of magnesium. It can affect your sleep as well as anxiety levels and heart rhythm.

Iodine

Iodine is needed for a gland in the body called the thyroid, ensuring it can produce hormones such as thyroxine, which is essential for regulating the body’s metabolism. If you are carrying notable excess weight and find it hard to shift, then this could be due to a problem with your thyroid and levels of iodine.

Vitamin D

If you steer clear of the sun and follow a strict vegan diet, there’s a high chance you could be lacking in vitamin D. It is responsible for the absorption of calcium into the body and key to having strong, healthy bones. The symptoms aren’t always obvious, so it’s important to get regular check-ups and ensure that you’re getting enough of it.

B12

This vitamin plays a crucial role in the formation of red blood cells as well as the normal functioning of the brain and the nervous system. If a deficiency of B12 is left untreated, it could result in anaemia, which leaves you feeling weak and fatigued.

Editor’s Note: The material in this article is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

Carly Rothman is the blogger behind LeanLivingGirl, a health and fitness website based in Dubai.

 

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