I hope you've all had a gorgeous Monday! Today I'm answering some random health and fitness questions that I've gotten this week. Enjoy!
Q: "Do you recommend taking a multi vitamin? If so which ones, why and why not?"
A: If you would have asked me two years ago I would have said yes. The reason my view has changed to more on the no side, is because not everyone needs or will benefit from a multi vitamin. Vitmains and supplements should be taken when and if you are deficient in something. For example, if you're someone who's never outside and doesn't get any vitamin D, then I would suggest supplementing vitamin D (as well as go outside a bit more!). If you're a very healthy person, eating a lot of nutrient dense food then you should be getting the majority of vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, My recommendation if you don't do that, is to start eating more super foods and more foods that provide your body with the nutrients it needs. So no, you don't need any multi vitamins! If you do by chance go and get one (though I still stand firm in you adding the right foods into your diet!), you must always by a high quality one. GNC brand will not cut it, the pill is so diluted that the quality of the pill is a 10 on a scale of 1-100. Search for a high quality brand!
Q: "I feel bloated all of the time, I don't know what to do. HELP!"
A: I take bloating as a sign from out bodies that something isn't right. It can come from many things but the first place that I look at is the food you're eating. This is typically the problem, and it's also a quite easy thing to fix! So there are some general inflammatory foods. Inflammatory foods are ones that cause digestion problems, lead to bloating, cause acne and gas just to name a few. These are common trigger food groups:
-Grains -Legumes -Dairy -Sugar
It's hard to know which of these may be causing you an issue right off the bat, so the best thing to do is test things out. Wake up and have some water, eat a pretty basic breakfast of something not on the list above so you start the day not feeling bloated. Then try grains, maybe oats or a sandwich. If you notice bloating/gas, then you've found one of your trigger foods.
Gas/bloating isn't normal, I've learned what works best for my body resulting in me not having gas or being bloated anymore! I thought farting 20x a day was normal until I found how good my body felt from eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong! I hope this helps those of you who asked me questions this week!
Leave a comment below with what you'd like me to answer for you next week.