Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals – Oh My!

March 13, 2019

 

Your mini guide to understanding the dizzying world of supplements.

According to the National Institute of Health, more than half of American adults take at least one dietary supplement, most commonly a multivitamin. The US Department of Health states that each vitamin and mineral has specific benefits and is essential for keeping your body functioning well.

In this blog, we’ll cover what you need to know about supplements and what role they play in your health.

Keep in mind that supplements are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Before purchasing, it is advised that you consult with your doctor or other healthcare provider to determine the best plan of action. They can recommend dosages and more information about the ingredients listed on the nutrition label.

 

Healthy and Balanced Diet is Key

Recent health guidelines reviewed by Harvard Medical School state that our bodies prefer naturally occurring sources of vitamins and minerals. We absorb these better. So it’s best to rely on a well-balanced and a healthy diet by enjoying fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains and a variety of protein foods. And don’t forget water! You’ve probably heard this one already – and for good reason – quench your body’s thirst by drinking eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

Studies show that women are lacking nine essential nutrients: vitamin E, boron, vitamin D3, magnesium, omega 3, iron, vitamin K2, vitamin B12, and folate. These can all be found in food. Unfortunately, simply taking these supplements does not guarantee proper absorption by our bodies. Which leads us to our next point…

 

It’s All About Absorption

Today’s lifestyle is fast-paced and busy. Many people have difficulty getting enough nutrition in their diet which creates deficiencies that can make you feel run down and tapped out. Oral supplements are only 20-30% effective due to incomplete absorption through the digestive system.

Your Current Medication May Interfere with Supplement Absorption

For example, older adults can have difficulty absorbing vitamin B12; if someone is taking an acid-reducing medication, it is very likely that they will become deficient in B12, as well as iron, vitamin D, and calcium, among other things.

 

Not all Supplements are Created Equal

Lookout for supplements with the ‘USP Verified Mark’ on the label. If you’re not familiar, USP is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets federally recognized public standards of quality for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients.

 

Supplementing Your Lifestyle

The name ‘supplements’ derives from the concept that vitamins and minerals are designed to do just that – supplement and support your lifestyle.

We get it. It’s often tough to keep up with your health – knowing which supplements to take, preparing and consuming a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water – ALL the things. And while we are advocates of a healthy lifestyle, we also believe in meeting you where you are with your needs and your life.  

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We offer customized drips by our team of doctors and nurses to optimize wellness and your individual health goals. So you can get back to doing what you love doing most.