WAY too many people are taking supplements off of internet advice without knowing what the supplement does. Some people are experiencing major results while some people experience WORSENED symptoms. Without proper direction you are most certainly going to be wasting time and money, if not harming yourself and your health. A lot of people think that just because supplements are “natural” it means that they are not powerful enough to do harm. SO not true, and we must respect the potency of supplements. Your body has a very delicate balance that needs to be maintained. This article outlines three ways to safely and effectively use supplements.
Supplements do not replace a Healthy Diet. No supplement can take the place of a proper diet. If you’re diet is full of white bread and sugar – no amount of supplementing trace minerals will make you healthy. You have to start with the basics! Fish oil for example does not trump eating REAL fish. (STUDY)
Talk to a doctor or licensed practitioner before using supplements. This is especially true if you have been prescribed any type of medication. There are so many websites/books/magazines that spout off supplemental recommendations nilly willy. A specific symptom can be the cause of multiple deficiencies, and without proper testing, a supplement can make the problem worse. There are also SO many junk supplements out there. Did you know that many supplements are not pre-approved for safety by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? That’s right. The FDA does not have a lot of standards for supplements. It is essential to work with a practitioner who has done the homework for you, and knows which supplement brands actually deliver results.
Respect your bio-individuality. Be aware of statements like “Everyone should take fish oil!” or “Everyone needs more vitamin B” These are marketing schemes. While fish oil is a great source of Omega-3’s, maybe your body reacts better to black currant seed oil or maybe you don’t need any Omega 3’s in the first place. It all depends on YOUR body and the co-factors that go along with how your body absorbs and uses those nutrients. Don’t take a supplement just because it works for your friend – we always need to honor the bio individuality of our bodies.
Never take supplements for longer than 3 months before re-evaluating. As you take a supplement, it changes and corrects your body’s balance – that’s the whole point, right? This needs to be carefully moderated until your body adjusts. Taking a supplement for too long can have the same effect as taking a supplement that you don’t need. All the nutrients in your body work in balance with each other – so you need to be careful not to take too much of a good thing. As your body heals, you may or may not need to continue taking all the supplements.
Take a professional line, whole food supplement. As you’re working on weeding out all the processed food junk from your diet, adding synthetic, lab made supplements just doesn’t make sense. Whole food supplements give your body the best chance at getting the right nutrients in a way that your body can use. A whole food supplement is simply a supplement made from a whole food source with minimal processing. Lower quality supplements – like the kind you can purchase at Walmart or Walgreens – are not well regulated. Many times you are not getting the nutrients you think you are. Any professional line of supplements is held to a whole different standard, and you can rest assured knowing that your supplements are going to give you the nutrients they say they are. By working with a doctor or licensed practitioner, you can benefit from their knowledge and experience with different supplements and different brands.