By: Dixie Bell
Many of us are taking dietary supplements, but there are some overlooked topics that I wanted to dig into today. We will be talking about four things you need to know before ever taking another supplement.
- Supplements cannot replace a healthy diet/ lifestyle.
Many people take multivitamins, greens powders, protein powders, or a specific herb/nutrient hoping for it to “fix” their problems, when in reality supplements alongside a poor diet aren’t going to be enough. You may have some results when starting them out, but in the long run, they aren’t going to give you the desired results without following a balanced healthy diet. This means proper hydration and getting your macro and micronutrients from whole foods.
The digestive process is also extremely important in supporting a healthy body. Digestion starts with chewing your food. Simply chewing your food begins the digestive process. Your body starts making enzymes to digest and absorb nutrients. Then the body takes the fiber, water, fats, nutrients, extra enzymes, protein, etc. out of the food to fuel your body. This process doesn’t happen when you take supplements. Also, most supplements don’t have fiber or digestive enzymes. This is not to say don’t take supplements, because even if you are on an organic whole foods diet you are likely still not getting enough nutrition because of our depleted soil. That’s why supplements are called supplements. They supplement what your diet isn’t giving you. It’s really a balancing act. It’s still taking your supplements while doing the best you can to eat a clean diet.
Everyone is in a different place on this journey. So don’t be hard on yourself. Just start taking small steps to reach your nutrition goals. You are going to notice the supplements are going to benefit you so much more this way!
- Know the ingredients, quality, and sourcing before you buy.
Not all supplements are created equal. Many brands contain chemicals, synthetics, poor-quality ingredients, fillers, unethically sourced ingredients, etc. It’s important to know what is in the supplements you are taking. It’s okay to be picky. Do your research and make sure you are buying high-quality vitamins and supplements. If you are unsure how to read the labels or research finding the best supplements, it’s a good idea to find someone who is trusted and knows their stuff. Feel free to reach out to NHC Herbs in Killen and Herbs & More in Athens. They have excellent customer support and they are extremely knowledgeable. Feel free to ask questions and look at ingredients to make sure you are getting a high-quality supplement.
- Multivitamins are not for everyone.
No two people are alike. Our bodies all have different nutritional needs. That’s why multivitamins aren’t good for just everyone. You may be already getting enough of a certain vitamin and taking that multivitamin could push you over your daily needs. This is a two-way street. You could also be extremely deficient in a certain nutrient/vitamin and a multivitamin wouldn’t cut it. You will have to get that specific nutrient and take what you need to balance your body. So many health issues stem from deficiencies. I’ve learned that finding out exactly what your body needs and taking just that can be extremely beneficial. A good way to do this is to get some blood work done to see where your nutrient levels are. This tool can be extremely helpful to see where you are and know exactly what to take.
- Not just expensive pee.
You might often hear a common theme that ‘vitamins are just expensive urine.’ I want to just go ahead and debunk this myth, because in fact, good quality vitamins and supplements are not just expensive urine. There is extensive evidence to show that vitamins provide additional support in many areas of health. Our bodies are designed to heal themselves if you give them what they need. This is why supplements are so powerful. They, along with a healthy diet/lifestyle, support a body that was designed by God to heal itself. We serve a mighty and powerful God.
At Herbs & More in Athens, NHC Herb Shop in Killen, and our parent company, NEWtritional Health Care, our goal has always been to Make America Healthy One Person At A Time. For more information go to one of our locations or call 256-757-0660 or visit our website at www.nhcherbs.com.