Great time to think about nutrition

Michelle Winspear and her team at Advanced Nutrition.
Michelle Winspear and her team at Advanced Nutrition.

It’s National Nutrition Month so there is no better time to start thinking about the importance of good nutrition.

Modern diets often lack vital nutrients and it can be difficult to know which vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Michelle Winspear from Advanced Nutrition in Sanderson Arcade gives some tips to help you feel healthy this Nutrition Month, and beyond.

Walking on sunshine.

As we move towards the end of a long winter, many of us will be deficient in this vital sunshine vitamin. In fact, more than a billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure, and we also produce less of this vitamin as we age. Vitamin D supports our immune system and the normal functioning of muscles. It also helps to maintain healthy teeth and bones, increasing the absorption of calcium from food. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the most easily absorbed form. If choosing a supplement, look for a minimum of 800 International Units (IU) of vitamin D3 dissolved in oil and in blister packed capsules for best absorption.

Get up and go.

Did you know that this vitamin-like substance is responsible for 95 per cent of our body’s daily energy? It is required by every cell in our body, including the cells in our heart. If your energy levels are flagging, coenzyme Q10 could be the substance your body is lacking.

While some Q10 can be found in foods such as red meat, nuts and fish (mackerel, salmon and sardines), most is manufactured within our bodies. Our ability to do this decreases with age, meaning a Q10 supplement, such as Bio-Quinone Q10, could help.

The Queen of Minerals.

Magnesium is an essential dietary mineral, supporting more than 300 enzymatic processes. It supports nerve function, blood pressure and the proper functioning of muscles, including the heart, and can help to reduce fatigue and exhaustion.

The best dietary sources are green leafy vegetables and cereals. Many people have low levels due to a reliance on processed food. Stress, intense exercise, dieting and conditions such as diabetes and chronic diarrhoea can all impact on magnesium levels.

Look for a supplement containing the hydroxide, acetate and carbonate forms of magnesium as they are most easily absorbed and reduce the risk of stomach upset.

Good-for-you oils.

Do you eat enough cold-water fish such as wild salmon, fresh tuna and mackerel? These contain the highest levels of omega-3 essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).

Chronic diseases and conditions such as depression, arthritis, poor joint mobility, ADHD, heart failure, type 2 diabetes and eczema are believed to be connected to omega-3 deficiency. Omega-3 also supports our immune system and brain function.

Fish oil from the flesh of the fish is best. And there’s no need for a fishy taste either. Choose a lemon flavoured supplement.

Come down and see us at Advanced Nutrition for further advice on health and nutrition.