Most of us today pop a pill for vitamins and supplements that we fail to get on our platter. And we’re unsure if these supplements are needed at all. You work fine, you eat well and you don’t feel sick, then why would you need vitamins and mineral supplements? Vitamins and minerals sadly are associated to medications the physician gave in only when we fell sick, whereas the true benefit of the magic pill is to bring wellness and health stability.
You may feel the fittest but that need not imply that you don’t need supplements. These are not just for the athletes and the geeks, vitamins are for every one of us. In our mad rush throughout the day, multitasking in every aspect and binging into what you find, supplements give your body a suitable quantity of nutrients every single day.
Dieticians say a human body needs an intake of 1600 calories per day. But vegetarians or people with eating disorders, pregnant women or the ones with busy and hectic lifestyles often fail to have such an ideal intake. There are many such people who fail to give what the body seeks, for many reasons.
So, what are supplements?
In the literal sense, “supplement” is something additional. So, the intake of vitamins and mineral supplements are only to “add” to a basic healthy diet and lifestyle, or to a prescribed medication and therapy.
Intake of vitamin and mineral supplements are possibly one of the most controversial issues under the healthy living scanner. While lack of vitamins can put your health into risk, too many can also be as big a threat. Hence, remember you can’t go crash dieting based on supplements and giving real food a miss. Also, these are expert pills, and are not over the counter medications; therefore, go according to what the doctor orders.
Why only safe options?
There is enough risk involved if you are jumping into the supplement bandwagon without consulting your health practitioner before taking any supplement. If you are pregnant, nursing a baby or have hypertension, diabetes or heart disease, you have to be cautious about your supplement.
So, how do I take the right supplements?
Here are a few most important requisites to select the right supplements:
- Dietary supplement manufacturers need to meet the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for food.
- Look for the disclaimers as certain dietary supplement labels are not approved by the FDA. The disclaimer should read in the lines that states the nutritional supplement is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
- Watch out for the Daily Value (DV). It describes the recommended daily intake of that particular nutritional supplement.
- Never miss looking for warnings on the bottle, and reading about ingredients.
Remember, it is solely up to you as the consumer to protect your health. The trick is to follow caveat emptor (“let the buyer beware”), and always let your health care professional have the last word on your dietary supplements.
Joel Newman is a health and fitness expert. As an avid blogger he likes to share his knowledge on these topics. He is presently into research on HGH and GenF20 plus.