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Kick Start with a Sound Foundation
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Kick-Start with a Sound Foundation

Column #2, 30th September 2006

Welcome to the second of your fortnightly columns with Exercise Coach, Jack Walton of ‘Functional Trainer’.  Here we will take steps to achieving our full potential in living a happy and healthy life.  Two weeks ago we focused on the importance of getting it right from the start.

A good place to begin, which you may have done before, is to think of what your core values and goals are.  How are you going to get there?  An easy step for most of us is to list a few lifestyle habits to change.  Difficulty comes when deciding on the best way to change them.  Together, each week we can make these changes positively and effectively.

To embark on getting fit we must appreciate that it is not just a case of joining a gym and going a few times a week.  This will contribute, but it is more than that.  Making small, manageable changes to your life, taking on board sound advice and information and learning why things work and the effect they are having on your mind and body, will lead to the greatest success.

Luckily for us, the human body is generally designed to work perfectly and stay free of injury.  This includes being able to effectively think, move, digest and utilise food and many other functions.  Although it has an amazing capacity to do this, the often repetitive and sedentary jobs that we have and sometimes the choices we make, take their toll on healthy bodily function.  Treated correctly, the body has the ability to repair itself enabling you to successfully perform all the tasks you need to do, from D.I.Y. to digesting food.

Knowing all this, it’s time to figure out where to start.  Whatever your commitment level to your goals, it is essential to have some sort of programme designed.  The best way to obtain an individualised programme is by working with a qualified exercise specialist.  Without a program it becomes hard to progress from your initial foundation and we inevitably end up back at the beginning.  Typically with poor training there may also be injuries, which are setbacks for your physical and mental health.

As with my clients, many human performance practitioners use the pyramid model shown here to develop performance.  It states that before we think about anything else, the body must have Function.  This essentially means that we have the capability to do what we want to be able to do.  In terms of movement it includes the ability to effectively twist, push, pull, bend, squat, walk, lunge and move in all planes of motion.

In my experience, this is easy to take for granted, but if we do not condition ourselves forfunction we are unlikely to avoid injury and reach our full potential and this goes from the gardener right up to the elite athlete.  Due to the typical jobs and lifestyles we lead there are often imbalances throughout the body, which need to be ironed out so that we can function properly when running, playing sport, doing the gardening and playing with the kids.

Once we have achieved function we can then build on fitness levels, and further skills and techniques.  We will be safe in the knowledge that we have a foundation that is strong, stable and mobile, preventing injury and enabling us to achieve performance potential and optimal health.

Before the next article try to think more functionally: What do you need to be able to do to function for daily activities?  Is your existing exercise program functional?  In a fortnight’s time we will discuss this more and also find out the ‘Reasons to Walk’ and all the benefits associated with this great way of increasing vitality.

 
Reasons to Walk
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Reasons to Walk

Column #3 14th October 2006

In this, the third of your fortnightly columns with Exercise Coach Jack Walton of ‘Functional Trainer’, we will progress further with designing your program and discuss the ‘Reasons to Walk’ and all the benefits associated with this great way of increasing vitality.  There are more than you may think…..

If you caught the last column you will have hopefully begun to think about your health and fitness with more confidence.  From out of the confusion of all the advice, fads and gimmicks out there, we must begin to think of our training in a functional way.  What do you need to be able to do to function for daily activities and tasks?  Is your existing exercise programm functional?  What is functional training anyway? Is it just yet another fad?

Typically, as human beings, we need to be able to effectively walk, push, pull, bend, twist, squat, lunge and move in all planes (or directions).  When designing your program we start with function and develop from there.  If we develop without function then we are likely to get injured or never reach our potential physically or mentally.  It is surprising how many people cannot perform all these movement patterns pain free with sufficient strength, range and control.  Therefore you must train them.......it’s what we are designed to do.  The secret you will find out will ultimately be about building strength.

*For your safety, always seek advice from an exercise specialist before embarking on a new exercise program.

The aim of this column is not to target detailed programs for you to do.  Due to the specific nature of training and the approach at ‘Functional Trainer’, the aim is to provide another outlook and approach to health and fitness that educates the individual about their body, so that exercising becomes relevant to life and with that more enjoyable and sustainable.  The training you do should make sense and this is something that sometimes goes missing within the industry.

Whilst you are contemplating how this impacts on your life and training regimes, it is a good time to focus on a mode of exercising that is suitable for most of us and a great place to start from to increase vitality.

Excellent Reasons to Walk

  • It’s a great starting point to steadily increase from.  Progression is key to improving your fitness, but it must be at the right level.
  • Time to indulge in an exercise program can be hard to come by, but we all have time to walk.  Make small changes to your daily routine like parking further away from your destination and taking the stairs as opposed to the escalator/lift.
  • Your metabolism and general health will improve as the circulation of your blood, lymph and joint fluid improves through walking.  You will transport more nutrients and oxygen to your muscles, skeleton and organs and vitalise your immune system.
  • The integrated movement of your whole body will serve to burn a lot of calories and maintain your body in balance.
  • The level of impact that occurs when walking promotes bone formation and strengthens the musculo-skeletal system, preventing conditions like osteoporosis.
  • As we walk, there are greater demands on respiration.  The movement of the diaphragm serves to mobilize the internal organs and improve your digestion, detoxification and many other functions.
  • The ability to walk is important in human development as it enabled us to survive by traveling, hunting and avoiding predators.  Other functions like digestion and even immune strength work effectively in tune with all these movements.

So start walking your way to optimal health and in two weeks time we’ll see why we must have a holistic approach to fitness.

 
....More Reasons to Walk
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More….Reasons to Walk

Column #57, 22nd November 2008

In a few weeks we will discuss the holistic merits of running as an activity.  We all hear that it increases health and fitness and hopefully the article will clarify how and when to implement it.  However, for some of us running is not an option so today we will discuss some interesting reasons why walking is also highly recommended for health and fitness gains.

It almost sounds too obvious, so many of us don’t really regard walking as part of a training routine.  In some respects this is true as it does not have the same effect on the body as going for a run, or strength training in a gym.  However, as part of your whole approach it will subtly affect your health and performance levels.  As we can also conclude for running, the key to walking is to be able to apply it to your training at the right time, for the right reasons and in the right way.

Reasons to Walk

Movement and Rhythm: All the systems in our human body, (circulation, lymphatic, digestion, etc) evolved in tandem and synchronicity with our ability to move.  If our movement reduces so does the efficiency of these systems.  Moving with free-flowing rhythm vibrates through the body and helps create harmony on many levels.  The fact is that if we are sedentary in our job or lifestyle for eight hours a day all week, the body will stagnate.  Consider what happens to a pond with no running water.  Furthermore, there is no space for the organs to operate freely and no rhythm to create flow and energy and stimulate growth.  Even five minutes at lunchtime will have a dramatic impact on your energy levels, mental capacity and overall well being.  If you do have a desk job there is a huge difference between sitting for 8 hours in a row and 4 hours.

Breathing: Incorrect breathing patterns are very common and we will develop this in further articles.  The Diaphragm is extremely influential and when dysfunctional it can be the cause of back pain, hypertension and digestive issues.  Are you a chest or diaphragmatic breather?

Eyes: Our eyes and associated muscles benefit greatly from being outside, away from the close proximity of computers, books and televisions.  The movement, rhythm, colours and distances could prevent unnecessary degeneration of eyesight quality.  Has your eyesight recently reduced?

Electromagnetic: We all hear about the benefits of getting the right amount of sunlight.  One interesting reason is that certain frequencies of sunlight are essential for detoxifying the blood.

Thoughts: A little time spent outside, away from work, deadlines and demands is certainly time well spent.  A short walk a day will definitely bring greater mental clarity.

Capacity: I suppose that one of the greatest reasons to walk is that it can deliver benefits when running is not appropriate.  This could be due to general physical condition, injury or phase of training, but all the above benefits and more will be in effect.

 
Running Before we can Walk: Developmental Stages
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Running before we can walk: Developmental Stages.

Column #58, 6th December 2008

A fortnight ago we discussed the holistic merits of walking as an activity.  On top of the well known cardiovascular benefits, we discussed its relationship with movement, rhythm, breathing, eyesight, electromagnetic interaction and the psycho-emotional.

Taxi!

For many, walking is the main action we use to get from a to b.  It is extremely important, but often seems to be taken for granted.  It is typically overlooked when implementing training programs and many find ways to avoid it at all costs.

Evolution and Walking

Much (if not all) of human function (movement, circulation, digestion etc) has evolved in tandem with the ability to walk. Consequently, if our movement reduces so does the efficiency of our systems.  The problem is that if we are sedentary in our job or lifestyle the body may ‘stagnate’.  There is no space for the organs to operate freely and no rhythm to create flow and energy and stimulate growth.  In this way Movement is our Medicine.

Developmental Stages

But how and when did we learn to do this fundamental movement and should we be interested in it now?  I assume we can’t remember our first steps, but there are ideal stages that we go through to learn the art of walking.  Here is some general information on them for your interest:

  • Naval Radiation; movement inside the womb.
  • Spinal; various patterns that involve inchworm like movements.
  • Homologous; movement like a frog pushing with both feet at the same time.
  • Homolateral (reptilian); like a salamander moving with same side arms and legs.
  • Mammalian; crawling with opposite arms and legs.
  • Brachiation; use of arms, squatting and lunging in order to get upright.
  • Neocortical; normal walking gait.

Have we Perfected the Art?

The question we need to ask is ‘how well have we developed the ability to walk?’  If we all did a movement screen or gait analysis of our walking pattern now, what would we find?  Have you already been told that you are flat-footed or over-pronate?  Health and performance levels may suffer if we are unable to deal with forces created by walking or running and consequently we can develop aches, pains and injuries anywhere in the body.

Skipping a Stage

Is it possible to miss a stage of this perfectly-designed movement development?  Or could we even regress backwards, due to injury, surgery, illness, poor strength training or occupational demands?  It is in fact very possible that the body would benefit from re-programming certain movement patterns in order to build on them for enhanced movement skills.

I see this very often with clients and it can manifest itself in pain and restricted movement.  The reasons for skipping developmental stages as an infant could be anything from restrictive playpens, hard floors that discourage movement, premature use of baby walkers and jumpers and even structural aspects following the physical demands of birth.

The statement ‘have we tried to run before we can walk’ has real meaning and impact on your ability to function efficiently and happily.  We rarely consider this aspect when simply aiming to improve our fitness, train for a sporting event or just enhance our health, but if we are serious about real results, your exercise coach should acknowledge the importance of your movement development.

 
Running: The Holistic Exercise?
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Running:  The Holistic Exercise?

Column #56, 8th November 2008

“Knowledge is not power, applied knowledge is.” Paul Chek, Holistic Health Practitioner.  Wise words and today we will apply them to the fine art of Running.  Whilst seemingly one of the most natural and functional movements that the body was designed to do, opinion is still divided as to its health benefits.

Concerns on both sides of the debate are well founded.  When programmed correctly, there are many well-known health and fitness benefits of running.  Conversely there are instances in which it may not be suitable and it could easily push the body out of balance, further away from our goal.  As a physical example, pounding the pavements when there is instability in the pelvis or at the ankle could cause injury.  Corrective work for a more stable/functional structure can improve running performance dramatically.

Many people look to running for weight loss, but why does it work for some and not others?  The answer may be in the fact that we are all individuals on all levels.  Depending on our current physiology and metabolism, running could just be adding more stress to our system, causing even more weight gain.  Some say we were built to throw a rock at the rabbit, not chase it.

So the key is to be able to apply running to your training at the right time, for the right reasons and in the right way.  When we do this we can make leaps and bounds and here are a few less-appreciated reasons (that deserve greater acknowledgment) why:

Breathing: Incorrect breathing patterns are very common, typically due to occupational demands.  Behold the Diaphragm, one of the most influential muscles in the body as it is rooted deep into the spine and is integrated through many visceral organs and abdominal muscles.  When dysfunctional it can cause dysfunction in any one system or organ, so can be the cause of back pain, hypertension and digestive issues to name a few.

Eyes: Our eyes and associated muscles benefit greatly from being outside, away from the close proximity of computers, books and televisions.  The movement, rhythm, colours and distances could prevent unnecessary degeneration of eyesight quality

Movement and Rhythm: All the systems in our human body, (circulation, skeletal, digestive, reproductive etc) evolved in tandem and synchronicity with our ability to move.  If our movement reduces so does the efficiency of these systems.  Moving with free-flowing rhythm vibrates through the body and helps create harmony on many levels.  Movement of the body involves groups of muscles working together in harmony and running can improve the efficiency of these movement patterns known as ‘Slings Systems’.

Electromagnetic: We all hear about the benefits of getting the right amount of sunlight.  One interesting reason is that certain frequencies of sunlight are essential for detoxifying the blood.  Therefore running outside over different terrain is a completely different scenario to pounding the treadmill indoors.

At its simplest level this boils down to us being outside and moving, something we can all benefit greatly from in many interesting ways.  It is however, advised that if you are looking to perform the exercise in a safe and effective way that will prevent injuries and enhance performance, that you investigate and assess your physical and physiological status with an exercise specialist.

 
Assess for Individual Success
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Assess for Individual Success

Column #6 25th November 2006

If we are to make a success of training to make ourselves happier and healthier, then we must know exactly what it is our own body requires.  To ensure that we do this we must assess and evaluate our current condition.

What sorts of things should we assess (physical)?

Health Screening, Body Composition, Aerobic Capacity, Strength and Endurance:  These are all important components to assess and typically include blood pressure, body fat percentage, oxygen uptake and 1 repetition maximum tests.  They help identify our general health levels, consider medical conditions, indicate weight loss or gain requirements, determine sport specificity and are important in setting training intensity, volume and frequency.

Posture: Whether an in-depth assessment or enough focus to raise awareness, attention to your posture will help build a body free of aches, pains and injury.  The body is designed to be stacked upright with all its structures in place, where joints can work efficiently.  Occupations often distort this and our posture suffers, leading to overworked, tense muscles and wear and tear at the joints.  Many problems such as painful ankles, knees and hips, bad backs and necks and even headaches can be improved by correcting postural defects.  For 30-60 seconds a day try standing straight upright against a wall.  It may feel awkward at first, but you are re-educating your body back to good standing posture.

Muscle length tension testing: Bad posture is often accompanied by muscles that are too tight or weak.  Testing muscles throughout the body will identify which ones need stretching and strengthening.  With this information, a corrective program can improve posture and enhance movement for daily and sporting activities.  If we continue with unconditioned muscles we will lack efficiency and could be prone to injury.

Functional Movement Screen: ‘Functional Trainer’ is a big believer in learning from the body.  It is designed to move in an integrated way, so it is important to assess its ability to perform successful movement.  This can be done by looking at key functional movements like a squat or a lunge.  Any imbalances manifest themselves in a compensated movement pattern.  Basically the movement is limited or compromised in some way.  Some of the best work in this area looks at the body in all the 3 planes of motion in which it moves and determines which are successful and which are in need of some work.  When we consider that even walking involves all 3 planes, the importance of this ability hopefully becomes clear.

The Core: Assessing the core has become a buzz phrase in the industry in recent years and opinions are divided on it.  Whether your core strength is tested in isolation or in integration it is key that we appreciate that without a strong core we will not be able to stabilize our spine to provide a solid base for movement.  Those of us who took part in this year’s Great North Run will especially appreciate the level of impact our body has to deal with.  If we have an unstable pelvis then we could suffer from conditions like tendonitis, shin splints, excessive pronation and various joint problems.

So, to increase your performance levels in next year’s run, to avoid injury, or to just increase your vitality and health, make sure you investigate the best ways to assess so as to achieve individual success.

 
What is Functional Exercise?
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What is Functional Exercise?

Column #8 23rd December 2006

Function is a buzz word in the health and fitness industry at the moment.  But what does it actually mean? It is important that we understand what it is and why we need to train for it.

Function defined:

Put simply, we first need to know what our objective is and then we train for that.  We need to ask the question ‘what is it that we want to and need to be able to do?’ and then answer with the exercises that will enable us to do this successfully. Fit for Function.

Unsurprisingly, function can be different for everybody.  Globally it is required for household activities, occupational demands, dressing, hygiene, training and conditioning, recreation and sport and therapy and rehabilitation.  To be able to perform with such function, we need to integrate many activities, including;

  • Twisting
  • Standing
  • Turning
  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Balancing
  • Pushing
  • Running
  • Pulling
  • Squatting
  • Lifting
  • Jumping
  • Bending

I’m sure that we all have varying degrees of requirements for all these and other movements.  Our ability to perform these tasks will have an impact on the health of our body, level of performance and ultimate well-being.

A Functional Exercise Program

Therefore, once we know what it is that our body needs to be successful at, then we train these movements, rather than those that will not transfer to our daily lives and performance requirements. For example, if you regularly perform the hamstring curl on a resistance machine, how often do you perform this movement in your life?  Yet that is not to say it hasn’t got a place in your strength training.  When designing your program, the question is can this strength be developed into a useful, integrated movement that makes us better at our goal, whether that is gardening, club running or 100meter hurdling.

Some advocates of ‘functional training’ distort the definition and state that it shouldn’t involve any isolated exercises such as a bicep curl, hamstring curl or bench press.  Yet when used correctly these can be an essential and valuable part of a conditioning program.  Furthermore, ‘bodybuilding’ exercises get criticized as non-functional, however they are perfectly functional for a bodybuilder as they are meeting their objective.

Training for function and the movements listed above means that you can develop a program that is balanced.  These total body movements bring further advantages.  Circulation is improved, which is especially important in these winter months and as we are using more muscles together we even burn more calories while we work out.

A final point of consideration

The human body performs and learns in movement patterns.  It uses various muscles and joints in order to produce movement.  This can be movement as simple as walking or picking up a baby from the play mat, to performing specific sporting techniques, such as a somersault in gymnastics.  Therefore, lets train in movement patterns.

So to be successful in what you want to do, start to train functionally.  If you are not already training, then start to ask yourself what you need to be good at.  What does a typical day entail?  If you are training already, then ask yourself whether it is meeting your objective.  As always, check with your physician and get advice before starting or changing your exercise routine.

 
Climbers Conditioning - Squat Workshop
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November's Climbing Conditioning workshop at the Durham Climbing Centre was all about Squatting.  How to assess your squat profile and find solutions.  A four step model was discussed by Jack Walton | Functional Health and Performance that included Regressing the Squat, Lengthening tight muscles, Strengthening weak muscles and then Progression.  The climbers did a fantastic job (Login for the more presentation resources).  Thanks

 
Great Nutritional Resources
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Great Nutritional Resources

Column #34, 5th January 2008

Happy and healthy New Year wishes to everyone.  No doubt you’ve already been bombarded by many health and fitness related promotions.  Claim after claim, offer after offer may mean that you have reached saturation point.  Making sense of it all is the next hurdle.  What approach/service/technique is going to deliver you enhanced health?

Think Longevity

Ultimately this decision is down to you.  When you are able to distinguish between a moneymaking scheme and an integrity driven service you will identify numerous great resources out there.  Including texts, practitioners, websites and stores.  The key is to build up your own network of resources that you know and trust.  These must be sustainable and deliver a quality service that has your long-term health in mind.

AVOID Fads

Above all, the primary piece of advice is to AVOID fads. Pretty much anything that does not endeavour to deliver a science based approach to your health.  In fact avoid anything that you think you will not be able to sustain. Save your time, effort and money.

Great Nutritional Resources

The following is a kick-start to build up some great nutritional resources.  Whilst this is not endorsement of the services, information and products, I believe that with these resources you can find out what really will enhance your health:

Information Websites:

www.charlespoliquin.com: A leading strength and conditioning coach Charles Poliquin, provides articles on many subjects including cutting edge nutritional science.

www.chekinstitute.com: Another exceptional practitioner, Paul Chek, provides nutrition and health articles that investigate true human function.

www.mercola.com: Visit Dr. Mercola’s site for an incredible range of topics discussed.

www.metametrix.com: A clinical laboratory that provides support to nutritional scientists, which will open your eyes to the power of correct and incorrect nutrition.

www.whyorganic.org: Enhancing the awareness of the organic food movement.

Practitioners

Level 1 and 2 BioSignature Technicians: As discussed in previous articles the BioSignature Technique investigates your hormonal profile to achieve improved health, including weight loss and alleviation of digestive dysfunction.

Further information on the beneficial practice of Kinesiology can be discussed at ‘BeFit’ gym.

Metabolic Typing: An approach that appreciates the individuality of nutrition. 

Shopping for food and Products

A great Newcastle-based organic shop is ‘Honey-Tree’ in Heaton.  Otherwise you may like to get your organic produce delivered.  There is now a varied choice of companies such as Riverswale Organics and North Country Organics, so go investigate.

The essence of this is that you develop your own resources that enable you to get the best, most reliable advice and greatest quality products.  Who and what is going to support you for lifelong happiness and health?

 

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Is it Time to Supplement the Diet

Column #35, 19th January 2008

A controversial question.  Nutritional supplementation suggests that we require an extra source of nutrients in addition to our daily food intake to maintain and enhance our health.  If this is so, we need to consider when and why the body would be lacking the required levels of nutrients in the first place.

A lot of research points to the beneficial use of supplements from roles in stress management to recovering from illness.  However, before deciding to do so there are several factors that you should consider:

  • What is the standard of your nutritional intake at the moment and are there any improvements you could make here first?
  • Could any aspect of your lifestyle, exercise routine and activity levels be altered to enhance your well-being?
  • Do you have any ailments or conditions that would benefit from specific nutrient supplementation?
  • What is the quality of the product?

Supplement, don’t Substitute

I have many conversations with clients and colleagues on this topic.  A frequent concern is that supplementation is almost a way of cheating; surely most people would benefit from simple changes to nutrition and activity levels.  This is indeed true, but for real gains in health and performance we may need to look further into nutritional science.

Our bodies have evolved and are set up to work ideally with:

  • an excellent source of non-processed, fresh and quality foods
  • a day that regularly includes functional movement and exercise
  • an environment clean and free from pollution/toxins
  • a day relatively free from stressors like ‘traffic jams’.

Yet in reality even if you are motivated and committed to quality exercise and you invest time, money and thought into what you eat, the likelihood is that you may have:

  • a stressful job
  • family/social pressures
  • exposure to toxins and pollutants
  • exposure to viruses, illness and disease.
  • difficulty sourcing, preparing and time-managing an ideal nutritional intake.

So whilst there should be no reliance on supplements, there may be cause to use them in specific, individual ways to reset the balance.  It may not always be appropriate, but shouldn’t be seen as cheating or a substitute.  Apply it as part of a comprehensive approach to optimal health and performance, free from illness and disease.  It should always involve some degree of assessment too.

Nutritional Science at its Best

A vitamin/mineral supplement that helps control cortisol (stress hormone) levels could help us when our lifestyle is unavoidably busy, demanding and stressful. If your workplace or sitting in traffic is increasing levels of damaging heavy metals that are putting you at risk from Alzheimer’s, it might be advantageous to take an additional antioxidant or specific supplement.  Whatever the specific situation, the decision to supplement should be informed and considered carefully, with appreciation of the person as a whole.

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Why Take a MultiNutrient?

Column #36, 2nd February 2008

Within an integrated, whole body approach to well-being, could taking a multi-nutrient provide comprehensive support to increased health, a stronger immune system, improved performance goals and happiness?  What do you think?

Why are Vitamins and Minerals important?

The message is loud and clear.  We all need a wide range of vitamins and minerals in the diet.  Without them the body would not be able to perform all the many functions so efficiently.  They are involved in the chemical reactions like breaking down food in digestion, building up tissue for growth and healing wounds for protection.

This concept is already firmly established as we pursue enhanced health and for many understandable, yet unfortunate reasons we are often sceptical about the nutritional supplement industry.  There is no doubt that before you begin any supplementation there are many factors to consider.  As usual the key is quality.

Critically Analyse the RDAs

Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) are there to prevent major nutritional deficiencies and are based on requirements in general.  Therefore on an individual level, you need to eat in accordance to your specific requirements.  It is not practical to make a calculation for each meal to find out the exact amount of Vitamin A, E, K etc you eat.  You just need to appreciate that your requirements may be different to the RDA.

Multi Reasons ‘For’ Multi-Nutrient Supplementation

The following will dramatically impact on the nutrient quality of the food we eat:

  • Distance traveled.
  • Any fruit, vegetables and meat that isn’t fresh, local and organic.
  • Although an excellent choice, strictly speaking, even local, organic food may suffer from losing nutrient quality.  How long before you eat it has it been picked or prepared?
  • Our soils are farmed to such a degree that they are typically low in certain mineral levels (magnesium).
  • Processed foods will scarcely provide you what you need.

Further Factors:

  • Comprehensive support provided by a multi-nutrient will help ensure immune system strength (back-up).
  • Even with best intentions, due to the busy lives we lead, we will occasionally fall short of an adequate nutritional intake.
  • Extra support against environmental factors such as increased exposure to pollution and toxins, bacteria, viruses, disease and other stresses.

Quality Multi-Nutrient

The key word is quality. Look out for:

  • The company should have high standards of quality control and manufacturing processes.
  • Ensure the quality of ‘multi-level’ company products.
  • The ingredients should all be natural forms.  Check the forms of the ingredients.  For example, minerals should be in the form of albion amino acid chelates for biological availability to your body.
  • Free from allergens and additives.
  • As with most things, you get what you pay for.

With this and last month’s article in mind, nutritional supplementation should be seen as part of an integrated approach to your optimal health and happiness.  It is your responsibility, your choice and is not a substitute.

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