Hey Divas! It’s easy to follow a healthy diet, right? You just need to make sure you eat a balanced diet with plenty of protein, carbs, and fresh vegetables. But is it really that simple?
There are various reasons why many people struggle to get a balanced diet every day, though. One of the main reasons for this is that they follow a restrictive diet, such as vegetarianism or veganism, and this makes it very difficult for them to get one particular food group. As a result, they miss out on lots of important vitamins and minerals.
Lots of people on restrictive diets, or those who suffer from vitamin or minerals deficiencies for other reasons, take supplements to increase their intake of important nutrients. Not too sure about the how, why, and what of supplement? Hopefully, the following points can help to supplement your knowledge!
Do You Really Need It? First of all, you need to figure out whether or not you really do need the supplement. Because if you take one when you don’t need it, then you could end up causing more harm than good. It’s important that you first try to get the specific vitamin or mineral through diet changes first. If that doesn’t work, then consult your doctor before going on a supplement.
Be Aware Of Side Effects. As you can see from this AlgaeCal plant calcium side effects, not all supplements have side effects. However, some do, and it is very important that you are aware of them all. If you experience any severe side effects then you should stop taking the supplement immediately. It is also important to be aware that some will interfere with certain medicines. If you are taking any medication, you need to speak with your doctor to make sure it is also safe to start taking a supplement.
Time Your Supplements. Just like with any medicines, you need to time taking your supplements right. Ideally, you should take them with or just after a meal so that the body can fully absorb them. It’s also a good idea to try and take them at the same time each day. To help remind yourself, you can set yourself an alarm on your cell phone. Whatever you do, don’t take the supplements on an empty stomach as this can sometimes cause stomach and intestinal problems.
Learn About Labels. Every supplement brand will label their supplements differently and will include various pieces of information on the labels of their products. So, to help you pick the right supplement brand, it’s useful to learn what you need to look out for on labels. Some, such as ‘safe during pregnancy’ and ‘no preservatives’ are pretty self-explanatory. If you take a look at this guide to labeling, then you should get a good idea of everything you need to look out for when shopping for supplements.
Supplements really are a great way to improve your overall health. Just make sure you understand exactly what it is that you are taking!