I  attended a fitness seminar for women organised by  Ripped Femme. One of the speakers at the event was recognised weight-loss expert,  and creator of Ripped Femme, Don Gauvreau. Don is nicknamed ‘the supplement Godfather’ because of his in-depth knowledge and ability to continually develop and discover new and exciting dietary ingredients. I cornered him to chat to him about what he is best known for- supplements- and particularly asked him about what essential supplements should people be taking.

What essential supplements should everyone be taking?

Fiber supplement

Don also recommended the use of fiber supplements because they help improve the health of the gut. He stressed that digestive health is very important because an unhealthy gut compromises a lot of things such as weight-loss, intestines, and colon. It is, therefore, vital to keep the gut healthy as it has an effect on the health of one’s immune system.

Essential Oils: Essential supplements

Essential oils such as fish or flaxseed are quite as Don explained but he also added that these don’t necessarily need to be supplemented as they can be obtained through food if one’s diet is bang on. “A lot of people though such as builders and fitness competitors, have restricted because of the very lean meats that they have to eat. They do not really t get a lot of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in their diet so they can supplement with the oils”.

what essential supplements should you be taking

Multivitamin/ Multimineral supplement

A multivitamin/multimineral complex is also one of the essential supplements to take for anybody, Don said. He explained that this is because it usually is hard for one to get in the vitamin and mineral requirements solely from food, especially if one is exercising intensely as they will have higher vitamin/mineral requirements than the average person.

“From there it really depends on whether you have certain conditions or depending on what your goals are then you can fit in other supplements. People who are looking to lose weight and boost the metabolism might want to include something like a thermogenic product as well as a thyroid product. A lot of people might have underactive thyroid. The thyroid gland is very important in terms of weight-loss and boosting metabolic rate. We have a glucose support which could be beneficial to people that have blood sugar issues or are insulin resistant. Our product can help balance blood sugar levels as it increases insulin sensitivity and that has a huge impact on weight-loss and just health overall,” Don explained.

Meal replacement protein supplement

A protein meal replacement supplement is very effective because it helps reduce sugar cravings. “A meal replacement is a good complex, staple every day supplement that will be beneficial in helping you recover from the exercise, as protein assists with recovery and muscle repair. You can either take it after exercise or use it as a meal replacement, almost like a snack in between breakfast, lunch or dinner. Because of the fiber in it, it reduces cravings, helps you feel full and balances blood sugar levels,” Don said.

The supplement Godfather also added that because of the highlighted benefits, meal replacement supplements are thus essential in aiding weight-loss.

“I am proud to say that we are releasing a new product in this range called the Ripped Femme Slim Smoothie. The smoothie is high in protein with the moderate amount of carbohydrates, a few healthy fats and a good amount of fibre as well”.

Essential Supplements

Essential Supplement: Concentrated Greens Powder

“A product that I personally use on a daily basis but do not officially recommend to people is the concentrated greens powder supplement. I am not sure if it is popular here in South Africa, but it is in North America where I am based. The greens powder is just a way to supplement your diet to make sure are getting enough vital nutrients from greens and vegetables because most people don’t eat enough vegetables or they are simply not getting enough quality vegetables”.

Apart from having Don Gauvreau talk to me about essential Supplements one should be taking, I also asked him about the supplements people are actually taking but going overboard with.

“A lot of people are taking too much protein. Protein powders and meal replacements are good to use but people are using too much of it. People have 3-4 protein shakes a day and that is just overkill. Eating a lot of whole foods and getting your nutrients from whole foods is the most important thing. The overuse of certain supplements is not a good thing and that is where people go wrong as they think more is better”. Don ended


39 thoughts on “What Essential Supplements Should You Be Taking?

  1. I found this really interesting, I have been reading up a lot about supplements lately, more for my Daughters illness, and find it really interesting on how supplements can help.

  2. We should take a complex of mutivitamins every summer and autumn, to prepare for the changing of seasons and don’t let the viruses find us with our immune system low. I didn’t know they benefit a fitness regime too.

  3. I think it is very important for one’s health to take daily vitamins and supplements. These recommendations are very in line with what I have learned about keeping yourself in good health.

  4. Lots of ideas – I occasionally take multivitamins, but i am bad for forgetting. I do wonder about ones for digestion as often have IBS symptoms so wonder if might help x

  5. I avoid all this stuff unless my doctor gives me the thumbs up. I have a few health issues and also a few allergies so I never know what will be suitable x

  6. This is really interesting and useful information for those wondering what and what not to take regularly.

  7. I’ve been seeing concentrated green powder everywhere but was super hesitant to try it. After reading this though, I’ll definitely give it a try. I know I’m not eating enough greens so this will help.

  8. Wow! I feel so grateful you shared the knowledge you learned from a conference you attended. I will definitely have to look into all of these to improve my health.

  9. I don’t take any supplements mainly because I never remember to take them. I have done a few trials of things but haven’t found them to be all that successful with their claims x

  10. I take a multi vitamin and cod liver oil but I really should do some more research into what my body needs most and tailor my supplements more! Thanks for the advice!

  11. I definitely need to take some more supplements as I do have deficiencies so this would be ideal for helping build my immune system back x

  12. I’ve been needing to take a multivitamin again. It’s so important to make sure that you have a balance all major vitamins and minerals. Essential oils are so important too. This is great information, thanks for sharing.

  13. I absolutely agree with the reduction in sugar cravings after a protein shake. I find my blood sugar is much more regulated throughout the day when I drink one. As with anything, finding one that’s not filled with chemical extras is always a challenge. 😉

  14. I have never thought about supplements before, but as I am getting into my middle age I am starting to think about my bones and general health. I do need to look into this a lot more?

  15. A really interesting post, my mummy needs to start looking after herself and taking multivitamins, especially since leaning Hospital x

  16. Daily vitamins and supplements is a must plus eating healthy foods as well. I believe that it is better to avoid sickness that to be reactive when it happens.

  17. It’s always a bit confusing knowing what supplements to take, but this is a pretty straightforward guide. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Great advice. I’m currently not taking any supplement. Just my smoothies but I need a couple of these. Great list.

  19. ive always taken a multivitamin as well as fish oil. i thought about the greens powder but don’t want to be highly reliant on it

  20. Ive tried several omega supplements, some of them give me horrible heartburn, not to mention the “fish oil” taste. Do you have any particular brands you can reccommend?

  21. I’ve tried several vitamins in the past and have noticed a difference then forget to take them, silly me! I need to start taking Iron tablets as i am not getting any from my diet.

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