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Dietary Supplement Guidelines


The following sections provide some general guidelines to taking dietary supplements. Please read through these guidelines as they contain important information.

Why should you supplement your diet?

A lot of research has been compiled on substances contained in the human body. Research indicates that the average human body is made up of roughly 70% water, while the rest is made up of minerals and other elements. Vitamin and multivitamin supplements often contain these same elements. Therefore, taking vitamin and multivitamin supplements can help us replenish our much needed resources and keep us going.

How will taking supplements help?

A human body will go through different cycles through its lifetime. At a younger age, a regular diet is often enough to keep a well balanced profile. As we age, however, our dietary needs change over time to follow our lifestyles. If our vitamin and multivitamin needs are no longer properly being met by our diet, we may experience certain symptoms, such as fatigue, lack of strength, head-aches, and mild pain. Therefore taking supplements in addition to our regular meals could help us regain our dietary balance and rid us of those unpleasant symptoms.

Who should be supplementing their diet?

Everyone may be at risk of not getting a sufficient amount of vitamins and multivitamins to meet their Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs). The RDA provides a general guideline for the daily intake of vitamins and other important minerals. Teenagers, parents, and grand-parents alike can all suffer from vitamin deficiencies by not meeting their RDA. Therefore it is important to always question if you are getting you required daily dosage. For more specific information on the RDA, please see the corresponding section.

What you should look for when purchasing dietary supplement

When choosing to buy a vitamin supplement online it's important to understand what your own personal needs are. For instance women who are pregnant often take folic acid (a form of B vitamin). A woman who has proper levels of folic acid in her body, both during and before her pregnancy could prevent serious spinal or chordial birth defects to her baby. As a first pass ask yourself the following questions below, to help see if you may be in need of dietary supplements:

  • Do I smoke?
  • Am I pregnant?
  • Do I have a balanced diet?
  • Am I a vegetarian?
  • Am getting all the nutrients I need?
  • Am I active? Am I over 50?
  • Do I want to promote a healthy lifestyle?

If you answered Yes any of the above questions, you may need to be supplementing your diet. For example, smoking can lead to a wide range of health issues, namely heart disease, in both men and women. Though there is no substitute for quitting, there are supplements that can help you reduce the risk of heart disease.

Having a balanced diet is key to staying healthy. However we all have our eating habits, and facing up to the fact that we don't always get all the nutrients we need is the first step towards a healthier lifestyle.

Another example are the supplements often required by vegans and vegetarians. Vegetarians are often have a zinc deprived diet and need to choose a vitamin supplement high in Zinc to maintain a healthy level.. Therefore using Zinc supplements will help keep their Zinc levels where they should be; but keep in mind that these supplements aren't limited to vegetarians alone.

The level of activity and your age can also dictated what multivitamin supplement to choose. Often women over 30 are urged to take Calcium or calcium combinations, or other substances such as Glucosamine in conjunction with Chondroitin . This is often encouraged in order to address osteoarthritis or osteoperosis . For the active ones, sports nutrition is essential. see the following link: sports nutrition. Not only is exercise important for all round good health, it's very useful in combating potential health risks. exercise can also help fight stress and obesity, which are both common causes for a slew of illnesses. There are supplements that exist to aid and regulate your weight and help with weight management.

Are there risks in taking supplements?

Almost all experts agree that taking a normal amount of daily vitamin supplements will help keep you healthy and will not have any negative side affects. The normal amount of daily vitamin supplements is listed as per the “directions” or “usage” on your supplements package. Consuming within the directed amounts will help keep you within your target zone.

The rule of thumb is to keep using vitamin supplements as directed on the package or as prescribed by your physician.

What if you still have questions?

Check out of Additional Resource page. There you will find other useful online resource that may provide more information. lf you still have questions or concerns, we suggest that you contact a physician or other health care professional. These exports should be consulted before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. After all, online information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.



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