There is a growing interest in natural ways of maintaining health and fitness as oppose to medicinal methods which may have been more popular in the past. Today, there are health supplement and vitamin shops in almost every community. However, many people don’t have a real grasp on what health supplements and vitamins can do for their health.
If you have health concerns, which are not emergency matters of course, you could look to finding a supplement or vitamin which may help with your concerns. It is a good idea to consult a doctor before you attempt to take a new vitamin or supplement to ensure you won’t cause more harm than good. In fact, getting a full physical is ideal prior to starting any new health regime.
These top 7 health supplement and vitamin tips will help you gain some valuable knowledge about how vitamins can help improve and/or maintain your wellness.
More is NOT Always Better
First thing you should know and understand that larger quantities or doses of a vitamin are NOT better. You can cause harm to your organs with too much of a good thing, so to speak. You can overdose on vitamins believe it or not. Stick to the recommended dose by your doctor or naturopath. If you are unsure, check the label for guidance.
Watch for Interactions Between Supplements
There are supplements and vitamins which do not work well together. In fact, some supplements can cancel out each other, preventing your body from benefiting from them. For example, in general, Calcium and Iron should never be taken together. The Calcium blocks absorption of the Iron and you will not experience the benefits of the Iron supplement.
Multi-Vitamins are Good, but…
It is true that taking a multivitamin is beneficial to your health. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of low levels of certain vitamins, like Vitamin D for example, the amount found in your multivitamin is rarely enough. A good multivitamin will help you maintain overall health, but if you are already lacking in some vitamins, you will need to supplement with those specific ones as well.
Some Vitamins/Supplements Shouldn’t be Taken with Certain Medications
Even though vitamins and supplements are natural, they can still affect the effectiveness of certain medications. They can also cause bad reactions when taken in conjunction with some medicines. If you are taking a regular prescription, consult a doctor before you put yourself on any vitamin regime.
Some medications which may interact with vitamins and supplements include:
- Blood thinners.
- Heart medications.
Choose the Form of Vitamin You Take Wisely
There are many different forms which vitamins and supplements are available in, including dry, liquid and gummy. They are all effective, however, some may be more effective than others for your specific body. For example, if you have malabsorption issues, like those found in weight loss surgery patients, then taking an oil-based supplement will not be effective since you likely won’t absorb the vitamin at all. Talk to your pharmacist or naturopath about which form is best for you.
Give Yourself Time
Once you have decided to get on a regular vitamin and/or supplement regime, you will need to give your body some time to adjust. Don’t make a doctor’s appointment two weeks into your new routine to check on your blood-work and vitamin levels because it is very likely you will not see any movement just yet. In many cases, it could take around three months to see a positive change in your vitamin levels within your blood-work. Be patient and vigilant with taking your vitamins.
With Food or Without Food? When to Take Vitamins Throughout the Day?
Taking a few different supplements can get confusing or overwhelming at times. You may be questioning whether to take your vitamins or supplements with food or on an empty stomach. Your pharmacist, doctor or naturopath are good information sources to ask. It is a great idea to plan each day by filling a vitamin container with each dose to be take throughout the day to avoid taking it at the wrong time and to stay regular with your regime.
Moving Forward with Health Supplements and Vitamins
Taking vitamins and supplements won’t necessarily cure all of life’s ailments, however, they will help you maintain good health and fill in the gaps where your diet may be lacking. There are many health supplements available on the market and for beginners especially it can be overwhelming at first. It is important to consult a doctor and ask how vitamins and supplements could benefit your health specifically.
With these top 7 tips in mind, examine how you would like to boost your health and immunity to improve and maintain your wellness. Vitamins and supplements are wonderful ways to feel better and assist in better overall health. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or naturopath to guide you in the right direction.
About The Guest Contributor
Ala’a Alkhatib is a passionate digital content marketer based in Jordan who has previously worked in a variety of industries including software, transportation and aeronautics. She is currently helping people live healthier by integrating their doctors into their day to day schedule more efficiently. She is also a frequent user of Cura app having been known to use it to chat with doctors in all kinds of place – even while on the bus!