What are vitamins and minerals and why do we need to supplement our diet with them?
Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients required by the body to carry out a range of normal functions. However, some of these micronutrients are not produced in our bodies and must be derived from the food we eat. Many people are too busy to set time aside to prepare nutritious meals while others are unaware of the diversity needed in their diet and don’t include enough micronutrients in their meals altogether. Therefore, it can be beneficial to take a supplement that provides a variety of these essential vitamins and minerals to ensure your daily micronutrient intake is met.
Supplements at Melita Fitness and Rehab
Essential Daily Multivitamin
Function: Essential to overall health, Lowers risk of developing cataracts. Supports Immune Function, Digestive Health, Circulatory and Respiratory Health.
Deficiency: Causes malnutrition.
Fun Fact: When taken supplementally men were 8% less likely to be diagnosed with cancer.
Function: It is necessary for the healthy mineralization of bone. Vital in regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function, Fights disease, Reduces stress and Boosts weight loss.
Deficiency: This may cause rickets and osteomalacia, or softening of the bones.
Buffered Vitamin C
Function: Needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. Reduces your risk of chronic disease, helps manage high blood pressure, lowers your risk of heart disease, reduces blood uric acid levels, helps prevent gout attacks, Helps prevent iron deficiency, Boosts immunity, Protects your memory and thinking as you age.
Deficiency: It can lead to anemia, debility, exhaustion, spontaneous bleeding, pain in the limbs, and especially the legs, swelling in some parts of the body, and sometimes ulceration of the gums and loss of teeth.
- Able to take in higher doses without upsetting your stomach
- Great for staying healthy and preventing sickness altogether.
- Powerful antioxidant: antioxidants remove cancer-causing free radicals.
- Can help slow down the aging process.
Function: Magnesium is very important for the normal functioning of cells, nerves, muscles, bones, and the heart. Works with calcium in muscle contraction, blood clotting, and regulation of blood pressure. Helps build bones and teeth. Relieves anxiety, promotes bone health, manages blood sugar in people with diabetes and may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, maintain normal heart rhythms, reduce symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), amplify exercise performance, It may also help reduce pain.
Deficiency: May cause diabetes, poor absorption, chronic diarrhea, celiac disease and hungry bone syndrome, muscle twitches and cramps, osteoporosis, fatigue and muscle weakness, high blood pressure, asthma and Can cause heart arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat.
We carry Magnesium Gel and the Magnesium Biglycinate
Function: Anti-inflammatory supplementation helps fight pain and chronic inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to irritation, infection, and injury. Short term inflammation protects the body, while chronic inflammation can lead to long term pain and damage, such as in arthritis.
Deficiency: High inflammation in the system may lead to chronic aches and pains, slow recovery from sickness, elevated stress levels, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, autoimmune disease, and more. It is important to take care of decreasing inflammation levels to stay healthy. This can range from regular exercise, a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, and lowering stress levels. Supplementation may be necessary or helpful to maintaining regular inflammation levels.
Function: Reduces the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, increases nutrient absorption, increases energy, reduces symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, supports a healthy inflammatory response, decreases chronic fatigue and pain, and helps combat anxiety.
Gastrointestinal disorders are linked to poor brain function…
But why would a gastrointestinal disorder be linked to the brain?
Our brains and guts are intricately linked. The brain influences the movement of food through our gastrointestinal tract, our immune system, and the composition of the gut microbiome. On the flip side, changes in the gut are linked to changes in brain structure.
Come by Melita Fitness and Rehab to pick up your supplements and elevate your health and longevity!
Written by Rebecca Petit