Vitamins, herbs, and supplements – are they important?
Do you take vitamins, herbs, or supplements? Many people do, thinking that they will help improve their health, energy, and well-being.
In Real Metabolic Typing, we call vitamins, herbs, and supplements by the name “micronutrients”. You probably know what a “nutrient” is. It’s the things a living being needs to be healthy and to thrive. While plants derive nutrients from the soil, air, and sun, we as humans derive nutrients primarily from the food we eat.
There are two types of nutrients we focus on in Metabolic Typing – macronutrients and micronutrients.
“Macro” means “large”, so macronutrients are nutrients we need in large quantities. These are the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates we consume in the food we eat. These macronutrients feed our cells, those little “biochemical factories” that keeps us alive and healthy. That’s really why we eat – to consume macronutrients. Real Metabolic Typing focuses on making sure we have the right sources, and the right mix of these macronutrients.
But supplements are micronutrients. “Micro” means small, so supplements are nutrients we need in small quantities.
Because vitamins and herbs are needed in much smaller amounts than macronutrients, I tell my clients:
1. Supplements are not a substitute for eating right for your Metabolic Type.
While they can help boost your health and energy, by themselves they won’t be enough to solve your health or weight problems. Working with your macronutrient ratios and sources can have a much more direct effect on your long-term health.
2. Supplements are not required for you to be successful.
Yes, when we create your custom nutrition profile, we also include a list of recommended supplements. However, if you are opposed to taking these supplements, that’s fine! While I recommend you take them, because they can help boost the effects of your new nutrition plan, they aren’t required to be successful. Working with your macronutrient rations (the balance of protein, fat, and carbs you consume) and your macronutrient sources (the types of food you consume) are all that’s required.
3. If you take supplements, take them from the right sources.
If you DO decide to take supplements, it’s important that you take supplements that are right for your Metabolic Type. Just like your macronutrient sources, your micronutrient sources need to be compatible with your type. If they aren’t, you are just flushing money down the drain for them. And when you take the wrong supplements, you might just be negating all the good work you are doing with your macronutrients.
So make sure you choose your micronutrients wisely.