By far, one of the most convenient inventions for modern healthy living is the creation of the dietary supplement. They’re by no means new, but as the average consumer becomes more informed on what exactly their body needs, they have been getting more and more effective. But the supplement is only as effective as the one using it. So, what’s the right way to go about it?
Complement, don’t replace
One of the issues that some people have when they use supplements is that they’re not using them to balance out an existing diet, but using them to replace a nutritious diet entirely. This not only makes it harder to absorb nutrients from those supplements. It also leads to the rise of complications like the side effects of strontium and otherwise safe ingredients. The aforementioned strontium, for example, has side effects that only show if the person using it isn’t also getting a sufficient amount of calcium. So, make sure you’re using supplements that balance themselves out, as well making sure what you eat is already nutritious enough.
Use them when it’s right
Another common reason people don’t see the effects they were hoping for is simply because they haven’t got the timing of when to use said supplements down. In general, most supplements are better taken after a meal, when your digestive system is in full force. Of course, it’s best to read the label carefully and see if it recommends timing with the dosage. For instance, protein shakes are most effective when you drink them right after you exercise.
Improve your ability to absorb them
One complaint about supplement use is that they aren’t as easy to absorb nutrients from as food is. Timing can play a big role in that, as we mentioned. But improving your body’s natural ability to absorb nutrients can be just as important. For instance, probiotics aren’t just a part of the wellness fad going on. They have genuine benefits in helping your stomach break down and absorb whatever you’ve got in there. Meanwhile, if you have trouble with your stomach, then a simple pinch of ginger can calm it down and thus make it more effective at its job.
Get a second opinion
If you’re not entirely sure what supplements you should use or whether or not a supplement might have an adverse effect on your body, don’t try and self-diagnose. You might be well-read, but are you really as qualified as your doctor to see the issues you’re having? Don’t take a risk and gamble with your health. Talk to the doc about dietary and supplement changes you plan on making and what effects if any that they might have on your body. The risk of supplements is overblown in a lot of cases, but to be extra safe, get a proper medical opinion.
While good supplements can make it a lot easier to ensure you get all the nutrition your body requires, you should also keep a scrutinizing eye on any newer releases. Those that are untested and unproven shouldn’t yet be trusted. Stick with those that have plenty of proof to support them.
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