These days most of us live busy lives and we’ve rarely got time to get to work and back let alone eat 3-5 small meals per day. Although we realize that optimal health requires good eating patterns, it can be difficult trying to keep up. In some cases, the best thing we can do is try to squeeze in a small snack or a protein shake, but even that takes time to prepare. In other words, even though we what we need to do in order to get healthy and lose weight, it isn’t always possible. This is why I think it helps to have a backup plan, such as whole food supplements. With a backup plan, you’ve got additional options for getting your daily dose of vitamins without having to prepare a snack every morning.
Whole food supplements are essentially convenient portions of whole foods broken down into powder or liquid form. They are generally sold in both fruit and vegetable form, and can be found in most drug stores, health food stores, and even grocery stores. Whole food supplements take the best part of the fruit or vegetable and make it portable and easy to consume. You’ll also be able to partially counteract your poor dietary choices or habits, such as eating too much fast food or drinking too much soda.
The great thing about whole food supplements is that they usually provide 100% of the daily intake of essential vitamins and minerals. They are also extremely easy to take on the go. Many of them come in pill or capsule form, which means that all you have to do is simply pop a few pills and continue on your day. You can take them from home, from work, or in the car. Although pills certainly won’t fill you up, they do add to your overall health.
Another option is taking a whole food shake or drink. Although most of these are sold in powder form, you can also find them premade for you. This is even better because it helps to fill you up while providing essential nutrients at the same time. Some of them might have a funky taste, so it helps to try several brands until you find one that you like.
Overall, the most convenient form of a whole food supplement is in pill or capsule form because they are easy to keep and easy to take. I like to keep a bottle in my desk at work, while also keeping a bottle at home. That way, I have access to instant beneficial nutrients anytime I need them. If you forget to take them, it won’t affect your day…simply take them again when you remember.
You’ll find a lot of supplements that claim to be food supplements, but unless they say “whole food” supplement on the label, then they are nothing more than a fancy name for a bad product. So make sure that you read the labels and choose only 100% whole food supplements. You also want to make sure that you read the instructions so that you don’t take the wrong amount. Generally you’ll need to take 1-2 pills per day to get the proper daily dose.
There are several brands to choose from and you can probably learn more at your local health food store. However, I don’t recommend purchasing from there because the prices are much cheaper on the internet and you can get bulk discounts as well. I recommend browsing through the selections, reading reviews, and then making a decision based on your research. Always look for a reputable brand.
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