Too much supplementation
In the digital age it’s common to search for answers to questions about illnesses, and wellness. Often times though, people end up taking inappropriate amounts of vitamins, supplements, and nutrients in search of a panacea.
It is important to be mindful of four things when looking into supplementation
- What is the recommended dietary allowance (RDA)
- What is the supplement comprised of (good brand or junk)
- What symptoms/nutritional deficiencies am I trying to manage
- Are there any interactions with other medications/supplements/vitamins
Brand- The quality of your supplement supplier matters! Look for whole food supplements that are derived from REAL food. Don’t look for single isolates. It is the many phytonutrient interactions that can make diet and supplements work best. Look to be sure there are no added preservatives, sugars, and even gluten. These additions may affect some people more than others.
Dose- The RDA can differ greatly from one vitamin to another. It can also differ based on age, sex, and gender. Be sure you are getting the right amount for you!
Where you are deficient- Just because you are experiencing a few symptoms does not mean you are missing a certain vitamin or supplement. It may take some investigation into the entire body system to see where you need help. It is best to start with the diet to get a good picture of where nutritional deficiencies may be and why symptoms may be occurring.
Interactions- the good news is that supplements and vitamins are generally safe. However, there can be some negative interactions between supplements, or their use in conjunction with medications. It is always best to talk to your doctor about these interactions to weigh the risks and rewards.
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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.