Are you wasting money on supplements?
Yep – just because B vitamins and omega 3s are beneficial for brain health, it doesn’t mean YOU need to be supplementing with them.
Often we go from pure guesswork and I find people spend an outrageous amount of money on supplements they don’t need and are not giving them any benefits.
So how do you know what’s right for you?
Here’s my 3 steps:
1) Consider your whole health picture
What symptoms are you experiencing? Do you know your unique genetic susceptibilities? Is something else driving your issues and imbalances? In which case, don’t just take a supplement to mask the symptom – look at the root cause – does your diet or lifestyle need a little work first?
2) Take a look under the hood
Don’t just guess at what you might need, take a proper evaluation of your health with appropriate testing. How’s your blood sugar regulation? Your inflammation levels? Your omega 3 or Vitamin D levels? If they’re optimal, then taking supplements for them is likely to be a big ol’ waste of money!
Plus – knowing the difference between “normal” and “optimal” results can help you spot areas of concern that might otherwise get missed.
3) Monitor your progress
In both your symptoms and biomarkers!
If your Vitamin D level is low and you start a supplement, don’t just assume you’re sorted. Retesting is important to ensure your levels are actually increasing and coming into optimal ranges. If not, you’ll need to investigate why!
Ask yourself: is this then helping your symptoms? It may take some time for the results to show through, but if it’s not reducing or improving your symptoms, you’ll need to look deeper to determine what else might be going on for you. Often it’s not just ONE thing that’s contributing to symptoms, but a combination of factors – so we need to look holistically and unpick and address each one.
Testing is a quick and useful tool for helping to guide your treatment or prevention plan, and helping you to target your supplement choices and dosages. It’s an important tool whether you’re feeling a bit brain-fogged and anxious, or if you’re looking to protect your brain from Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
If you’re keen to know what markers you could test for that are associated with your mood and brain health, check out this guide: cathywilliams.co.uk/bloodtestguide
Or book a free 20 minute call with me and I can help set you on the right path: cathywilliams.co.uk/breakthrough