Make Supplements Work for You and Your Health

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“Supplements” is a term that is commonly used to describe anything that you put into your body to complete or add to any believed dietary nutritional shortcomings. The use of supplements has become a common way to attempt to maintain proper body function or health.

A valid question that many people are asking is “How will using supplements affect my body?” As a rule of thumb, you should not take supplements unless you know what nutritional shortcomings you need to add to or complete.

If supplements are a method of balancing out the nutrients in your diet then it is important that you first know what nutrients are in your diet and identify those nutrients you lack or of which you have a deficiency. Taking a supplement you don't need or taking too much of a supplement can have an adverse effect on your body.

Why people take supplements

Many people take supplements to help their body fight off diseases and dysfunction. If your body is not getting proper nutrition, it becomes more susceptible to acquiring diseases and not functioning improperly. Giving your body the nutrients it is lacking may allow it to fight off diseases or recover proper functioning.

Others take supplements to slow down the aging process. As you grow older, you may begin to lose bone density and muscle mass more readily. Your body may also fail to use nutrients as efficiently. This makes it very important to provide your body with the proper balance of nutrients.

Before you take supplements

Before taking any supplements, you should talk to a pharmacist or physician, especially if you are taking any medications. Make sure you have a list of what you're eating on a daily basis and what medications you're taking. If you are already eating a balanced diet and are showing no signs of malnutrition related dysfunction, your doctor or pharmacist probably will not recommend many supplements. Remember that using supplements you don't need can cause you harm.

When you start on supplements, be very cautious about how much you use. Never exceed dosages prescribed on the label unless directed to do so by your physician. If in doubt, start out with half or less the recommended dosage to see if you have any adverse reaction to the supplements. Gradually work your way up to the full dosage. Monitor your vital signs as you go and contact a doctor if anything significantly changes.

Supplements can be used to make allowance for any shortage of nutrients in your diet that may effect how your body functions. However, be careful about the supplements you take and how much of each supplement you take. Never take an excessive concentration of any substance unless directed to do so by your doctor. Don't take a supplement because it is in fashion; take it because your body needs it.

By Paul Ghossain. You can find more information on the benefits and risks of nutritional supplements and other related topics at

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