Lifestyle and budget:
- Some people love taking them and others dislike it. I’ll be the first to admit that it takes effort to ensure I take the supplements I do. I recommend a pill organizer to everyone who is taking more than one or two supplements a day and a tracking sheet to anyone keeping track of multiple self care activities, I like to call it the “Master Tracker.”
- Are you someone who thrives on routine or who doesn’t have a consistent work and meal schedule? These factors and others can impact when a supplement is prescribed, to take it with food or not, how often to take it and for how long.
- Supplements can be expensive, prioritizing the supplements and finding food sources for other necessary nutrients is the key to getting the most health improvement for your dollar. This is another reason to make sure you’re addressing the root issue of your condition. If the supplement is acting as a band aid and not fixing the underlying injury to your health you’ll be taking it a long time and spending money and effort in the wrong area. Taking a supplement to suppress a symptom can be helpful at certain times, but long term “symptom chasing” will leave you out of breath and no closer to the goal of treating the underlying condition.
Isn’t food better?
- Food is better, most of the time. Diet is the foundation of healthy living. Research is beginning to show that reductionist thinking, assuming that isolating a nutrient or compound makes it more effective, can be problematic. Our foods contain a balance of nutrients and antioxidants that are already naturally pared in ratios to one another and that have a delicate interplay as they are used in our bodies.
- However, there are situations where supplementing can be incredibly necessary; patients who are very ill, treatment of serious conditions, patients who have difficulty sticking to diet recommendations, aren’t able to make the changes necessary to have a healthier food intake to maximize crucial nutrients or are obstructed from changing their diet for other reasons.
You have advisers for your books, your car, your pets, your work out and your legal issues. Why not have one for your health, prevention and lifestyle?