Supplements: The Benefits and Considerations
Adding dietary supplements is a great way to enhance your healthy diet. If taken correctly they can increase efficiency and aid proper functions that occur in our bodies. Typical dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and enzymes.
It is important to note that supplements should not take the place of a healthy diet. Often people choose to take supplements as a way to make up for a poor diet. Supplements cannot negate the harmful effects of unhealthy foods. Instead, they should be taken to complement your diet and/or help alleviate a deficiency due to an illness or other cause.
If taken strategically and with proper caution supplements have the ability to strengthen your immune system, boost your energy levels and increase your vitality. They can aid uneasy digestion, help you sleep, or nourish your skin keeping you young. Supplements aid optimal health.
If you are vegetarian or vegan you may benefit from getting nutrients from food sources you don't consume. As we age, we need more or special amounts of certain nutrients we don't get from our regular diet. Supplements may help alleviate symptoms we experience by being prone to an illness, or allergies, or if we suffer from a mental health disorder. And, if you do suffer from symptoms caused by an illness you may want to start with a natural defense rather than resorting right away to prescription medications.
Aside from the scientific aspects of supplements, they can also assuage mundane eating habits. Yes, vitamins and minerals are in the foods we eat. However, supplements can help us keep variety in our diet. If we need a particular vitamin or mineral, for a particular malady, we may not want to have to eat the same thing every single day to get it.
Here are some examples of popular vitamins and herbs that can help keep your health strong:
- Heart: Omega 3s, Green Tea, Fish Oil
- Skin and Nails: Biotin, Vitamin C, Vitamin A
- Energy: Green Tea, Amino Acids
- Digestion: Ginger, Garlic, St. Johns Wort
- Joints: Vitamin D, Calcium, Glucosamine
- Immune: Vitamins A, C and D, Fish Oil, Echinacea
It is important to keep in mind that supplements, just like over-the-counter and prescribed medicines should be taken with care, consideration and responsibility. Supplements can have potential side effects if not used as directed. They might also not mix well with other medications you are taking. You should take the time to properly research the supplement you want to use and speak with a health care specialist before employing a supplement plan to your diet.
You can start by asking questions such as:
- How will this supplement benefit me?
- What are the safety risks? What could potentially happen if taken incorrectly?
- What is the proper dosage, and how often should I take it?
- How long will I have to take it (short-term/long-term)
Overall, all health care considerations take thought and planning. A healthy diet comes easier to some, but easy or not there must always be conscientiousness and prudence. Knowledge and awareness is a common theme when it comes to taking action on your health. When deciding to implement a supplement strategy, first think things through and talk to the experts who can help you make the right decision for your health.