Congratulations! You have purchased a bottle of supplements and you are excited about integrating them into your active lifestyle.
But what is the best way to do that?
And how can you get the most benefit out of your purchase? No worries, we have a guide for you on how to get the most out of your supplements.
There are 2 key factors when it comes to getting the most out of your supplements.
1. Nutrient Timing
A key factor in getting the most out of your supplements is taking your supplements at optimal times throughout the day. Different supplements are best taken at different times of the day, or before (or after) different activities. For example, minerals/multivitamins are generally best taken after a meal, due to the fact that taking them on an empty stomach can lead to poor absorption and/or nausea.
Follow these rules of thumb to get the most out of your supplements:
•Take your vitamin/mineral supplements with food, preferable with your main meal of the day (i.e. breakfast)
•Fat soluble nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, and K for example) are better absorbed when taken with fat.
•Fiber supplementsshould be taken at a different time than fish oil supplements. Fiber is known to decrease the absorption of fat. So make sure that you split up your supplementation of fish oil and fiber, otherwise they can neutralize each other!
•Fish oil is best taken with your biggest meal of the day, or right before bed (taking it before bed can be helpful for those who get “fish burps”). Read more here on the best time for taking fish oil
•Probiotics should be taken on an empty stomach (this allows your gut to focus on replenishing your internal flora).
Also, pay careful attention to the Suggested Use panel on your supplement's label. Special care is put into writing this info, so following the specific steps can be very beneficial, especially when it comes to specific usage products, like our line of natural sleep aids.
2. Store Your Supplements in A Safe Environment
Supplements contain nutrients that deteriorate over time. Keeping them in a safe, dry, and moderately cool environment will go a long way towards keeping your supplements at maximum potency.
Contrary to popular belief, not all supplements need to be refrigerated, many are completely stable sitting on a shelf. However, there are a few supplements like probiotics and fish oil that are especially vulnerable to environmental changes.
Here are a couple off helpful storage tips:
-Do store your supplements in a low humidity, cooled environment. Keeping them on your desk at work is a great option. Not only are your supplements protected, they are also readily within reach.
-Do store your supplements out of the reach of children. Not all supplements come with a child protective cap. Make sure to keep your supplements in a place that is not easily accessible for a child.
-Don’t store your supplements in a high humidity environment. Studies done on Vitamin C have shown that it starts to deteriorate much faster when in an environment with humidity levels over 80%. Storing supplants in your bathroom, or near a sink or stove in your kitchen is less than ideal.
-Don’t not leave your supplements in your car, constant heat fluctuations (especially in warmer states) can expedite the nutrient deterioration process in your supplements.
Daniel Powers is a health and fitness enthusiast with a background in the supplement industry. He has a degree is business and has allowed his passion for entrepreneurship flow into researching health topics.