When I work with clients I often end up recommending some supplementation alongside dietary changes. These aren’t essential, but may help speed up your transformation.

These could be

  • vitamins
  • herbs
  • minerals
  • probiotics
  • digestive aids

You may be wondering why you need to pop pills if you’re eating a healthy diet. Well, there are a few reasons. 

Diet deficincy

Most people are deficient in 6 out of 8 vitamins and minerals, unfortunately most people don’t eat a well balanced diet. 

Most people don’t reach the ‘9 a day’ for fruits and vegetables recommendation from the WHO.

In fact most of us don’t even eat 5 a day.

Change in food quality

Food is less nutritious than it used to be due to intensive farming techniques used today.

The soil is over farmed, pesticides and chemicals commonly used in farming can add an additional strain on our body.

Processed foods make up your diet

Many of our core foods are heavily processed, removing most of the goodness (e.g. white bread, white rice) and moving away from the whole food.

Your diet or lifestyle may deplete nutrients

There are lots of things in modern life that take nutrients away from our diet. So even if you’re eating well, you might need more than your friend or sister.

Alcohol, calorie restriction diets (e.g. low fat diets) or common medication can deplete our levels of minerals (e.g. the oral contraceptive pill).

Should I take supplements?

I use supplements as a boost to your dietary changes to speed things along, but I consider their use carefully, and always recommend an end date.

If you’ve got a chronic condition chances are there could be nutrient insufficiency.

Don’t just take nutritional supplements without proper advice, or in place of making dietary changes. In some cases supplements can help you feel better more quickly.

Hi I'm Anna Mapson, registered Nutritionist (mBANT, CNHC). I help people with IBS, gut health and digestive issues.

I can help you to:

  • understand your digestion better, so you recognise your triggers
  • eat a well balanced diet, with tasty meals that are simple to prepare
  • develop healthy, sustainable habits for life

“Anna is amazing! I feel totally transformed"

To find more about 1:1 nutrition consultations or my group membership see my IBS Diet support page

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