18 Mar Are Supplements Really Necessary?
Dietary supplements. More than 50% of all Americans take one or more dietary supplements regularly. Vitamins, extracts, minerals, and supplements can now be found everywhere from the supermarket to health shops and everywhere in between. You don’t need a prescription with supplements, and there are now extracts, minerals, botanicals, and vitamins to help with currently any health concern possible.
However, while supplements are known for using safe and natural ingredients—are they really necessary?
First, it is essential to look at why people take supplements.
People primarily take supplements because they aren’t getting enough essential nutrients from their diet to maintain their health or make improvements to their health.
This is why not everyone needs to take supplements.
However, the average person isn’t eating enough healthy food to get everything they need to stay their healthiest. This is where supplements can come in and help fill in the gaps.
Meeting with a nutritionist first can help you determine which nutrients you may be missing from your diet and how you can take the right supplements to get the balance you are looking for.
Of course, there are times where your needs may change.
For example, if you need to boost your immune system during flu season or before you are traveling, it is an excellent time to add more vitamin C to your diet with vitamins. There is also a prenatal vitamin available that can help women’s bodies get the nutrients they need all pregnancy long.
Of course, it is important to remember that while most supplements are quite healthy when taken properly, there are always exceptions. Certain supplements have side effects. They can also have adverse side effects if you take them before surgery or if you take them while taking other medications. This is why it is always important to discuss any supplements you are considering with your doctor—especially if you are being treated for another health condition.
Remember, while dietary supplements can help you get the nutrients your body needs to function at its best level—they can’t reverse the course of chronic disease and can’t technically cure or treat diseases.
Here at Continuum Internal Medicine, we want to make sure that our patients are staying as well-balanced and as healthy as possible. And while we know that dietary supplements can help many people get the nutrients they may be missing from their diet—it doesn’t mean that everyone needs to take them, or that everyone is taking their dietary supplements in the right way.
We encourage you to make an appointment with us first and talk to one of our doctors about adding supplements to your current regimen. You can make an appointment with Continuum Internal Medicine by calling us at 817-617-8650, and we can help you make sure you are making smart and healthy additions to your current routine.