Vitamin supplements - what’s the deal with them? Our Nutritionist Emily has the answers...
You should be able to get all your vitamin and minerals from a healthy balanced and varied diet, so supplementation isn’t necessary. The exception to this is vitamin D, when it is advised that we take a 10microgram supplement during the winter months and all year round if you aren’t exposed to sunlight much or if you have dark skin. If you are vegetarian or vegan, then there are a couple of nutrients that are more difficult to get from your diet such as omega 3 and vitamin b12, so you may want to consider taking a supplement. Additionally, for women looking to become pregnant then it is advised to take a 400microgram folic acid supplement while trying to conceive and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to reduce the risk of neural tube defects.
When is best to eat breakfast? and dinner?
There is no specific time we should be eating our meals, so do whatever feels right for you! Some people might not be able to eat first thing, so have their first meal later on in the day. Others might like to have their evening meal a couple of hours before going to bed on a full stomach might be uncomfortable. There is no right or wrong.