There are a lot of reasons people take supplements . Older people that find it hard to eat all the food they require to get adequate nutrition, whether because of lack of appetite or because of poor absorption where more nutrients are required, may need to supplement their diet. Some people use supplements to help build muscle, while others mistakenly think that taking a supplement is all that’s necessary and they can continue eating a bad diet. Taking supplements can even cause health issues, especially if used recklessly.
Nothing can replace healthy eating.
One of the worst reasons people take supplements is that they think they can stay with their bad dietary habits and solve the problem with supplements. The truth is, it’s not only the worst reason for taking supplements, it doesn’t work. When you eat junk food, you’re consuming junk that man wasn’t meant to eat, like preservatives and other additives. Supplements also don’t contain the phytonutrients you find in food, such as anthocyanin that gives the color to red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables. Whole food provides nutrients that work together to make the body healthier.
You can get too much of a good thing.
Watch out for taking too much vitamin A, D and E. Those are fat soluble vitamins that can build up in your body if you take too much and cause serious conditions, such as liver damage. Even water soluble vitamins like vitamin C aren’t risk free. It can cause diarrhea, vomiting, heartburn, nausea, headache, cramps and even insomnia. Even though you need calcium for strong bones, too much calcium can actually weaken the bones.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are real.
Most people are aware that pregnant women and seniors often require more nutrients, but many other people may also require them. For instance, one study showed that vitamin D deficiency is rampant and it’s primarily due to the increased use of sunscreen. To prevent the problem, start a program of smart tanning and wear sunscreen the rest of the time. It’s especially important for pregnant women, women pat menopause and children, since vitamin D plays an important role in building and mineralizing stronger teeth and bones, it keeps you mentally more alert and boosts your immune system. It helps reduce abdominal fat, provide stronger hair and improves heart health.
- Protein supplements or protein powder may help you lose weight and tone muscles, but it’s not a miracle supplement. It’s excellent added to a smoothie made of fresh fruits and vegetables. Taking too much isn’t good for your health.
- Consider checking with your physician and get tests to see if you need supplements. Also, supplement can exacerbate some health issues and interfere with medication, which is another reason to discuss it with your health care professional.
- Supplements from natural source are normally better than those made in a factory. Krill oil or fish oil, for instance, are both natural and provide a source of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
- You can adjust your diet to increase your intake of certain vitamins and minerals and we can help. If you have special needs and want a dietary guideline, we’re ready to give you that help.