Are You Taking Your Supplements The Right Way?
With wellness finally coming into the forefront, a variety of supplement options have begun to flood the shelves of our local stores, and social media platforms. While adding supplements to your daily routine is beneficial, you’re unlikely to see the promised results if you are not taking the right supplements in the right way.
Your body is far more interested in how it can access a molecule than what it is. That is why you’ll often hear the people who take supplements say “Oh, I tried that and it did nothing for me.” In fact, 90% of people who take supplement don’t see the benefits because each type of supplement has an optimal time and way to be taken in order to be effective.
Zuma Nutrition makes it easy to be in that 10% of successful supplement takers. Each of our formulas comes equipped with directions - a “bio hack” on the optimal way to consume the formula. With over 30 years in the health industry, the Zuma Nutrition team is here to educate and ensure that micronutrients in our formulas get exactly where they need to be to do the best work for your body.
The nutrients found in supplements can be divided into three main categories, the three types of molecules in nature:
Water Soluble: Need to be taken on an empty stomach with water or juice (depending on what they are).
- Examples: Vitamin B and C, Amino Acids, and L Theanine
Large Molecular Structures: Need to be taken with a food that requires digestion, we usually recommend with lunch.
- Examples: Minerals such as Calcium, Herbs, Pancreatic Enzymes, and Shilajit.
Fat Soluble Vitamins: Need to be taken during the digestive process (two hours after you’ve eaten) as the stomach is getting ready to pass it's contents into the duoendum.
- Examples: Vitamin D, Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, Coenzyme COQ10, lycopene.
MORNING - WATER SOLUBLE NUTRIENTS
This group of nutrients are very small in physical size and needs to latch on to a larger sugar molecule in order to be transported first into your bloodstream and then to the liver. It’s best to take these nutrients first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, at least 20-30 minutes before breakfast. Take water-soluble nutrients either with a non-acidic juice (carrot, apple, cranberry, pomegranate, etc.), or another type of simple sugar, such as honey. Water-soluble supplements easily get absorbed into the blood in the first part of the digestive tract along with simple sugars, since simple sugars do not require digestion. Other nutrients best taken in the morning include antioxidant and immune factors that boost the immune system, as well those that build and repair joint structures, such as free-form amino acids, and vitamins B & C.
BEFORE LUNCH - GUT HEALTH
Taking probiotics and gastrointestinal tract (specific) nutrients help your body restore the balance of friendly bacteria and intestinal microflora that protect intestinal and mucosal tissues.
Take probiotics and GI tract nutrients such as colostrum 30 minutes before lunch, on an empty stomach with water.
LUNCH - LARGE MOLECULAR STRUCTURES
This group of molecules is much larger in size than water soluble nutrients and are the hardest for your body to access due to their structure. Digestion needs to be triggered and completed in order for their to be any absorption. Your body triggers the digestive system through the consumption of protein. Digestion means the meal will sit in your stomach for two hours, after which the food heads into the first stage of the small intestine. It’s at this point in the process when the pancreas delivers over 50,000 enzymes to break down these molecules for absorption by your body.
Minerals and Calcium are examples of large molecular structures.
These should be taken at lunchtime when your body is running at its metabolic peak. Digestion is the hardest task your body will perform all day, using up to 50% of your body’s energy. Our digestive enzyme formula can be taken with these supplements at lunch and helps the digestive process as well as absorption.
There are two key aspects to keep in mind for an efficient digestive process. The first is sugar. Any form of sugar (artificial sweeteners, fruit, juice etc.) will stop digestion in its tracks. Sugar tells your pancreas that no digestion is required, leaving you without the nutritional benefit from your meal or the supplements taken with it. The second is limiting your water to 12. oz during lunch, to prevent over hydration, which can dilute the activity of the enzymes and hydrochloric acid.
AFTER LUNCH - FAT SOLUBLE NUTRIENTS
Fatty acids (oils), also need to be absorbed during the digestive process. Since their absorption occurs in the small intestine, you’ll want to take them two hours after lunch, and at least one hour before eating any sugar. This is just when the stomach is getting ready to pass its’ contents to the first stage of the small intestine.
Supplements in this group includes Vitamin E, Omega 3-6-9, CoQ10, Carotenoids, Phosphatidylcholine and other Phospholipids from lecithin, as well as Vitamin A and D and other oil-based nutrients.