Many alternative health supplements aim to increase the levels of essential nutrients that the human body needs in order to maintain healthy bodily functions.
In other words, health supplements help people replenish nutrients they may lack, either through a diet that misses out certain key ingredients, or from an illness, disease or condition they may suffer from.
When someone is lacking certain vitamins, minerals or essential nutrients there symptoms can range from discomfort, to very severe, life threatening conditions.
Todays’ fast-paced lifestyle usually means that people are spending less time preparing and eating meals made from fresh produce.
Often the foods that we turn to when busy are easy to prepare, and heavily processed. Which means they are often devoid of essential nutrients needed for a healthy body.
Eating foods that are “filler” but not nutritionally rich, is not a concern if they are consumed infrequently. It is when they become part of the staple diet, pushing out more nutritional foods that you run the risk of development vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
The replacement of nutritionally rich food with highly processed nutritionally “weak” foods can have a gradual effect on the body, reducing the levels of essential nutrients making you more susceptible to disease and stress
There are thousands of health supplements available to us. So many that is can become confusing to identify the best supplements to opt for, which is why it is always important to seek the advice of a nutritionist, dietician or your physician.
There are a number of benefits that taking health and dietary supplements may provide for the body. Here are just a few of them:
1. Regular use of multi-vitamins and other health supplements can help in promoting better general health and in the prevention a variety of diseases. The use of supplements can strengthen the immune system to better fight off infections that can lead to a variety of diseases.
2. Pregnant women taking health supplements with folic acid can help reduce the incidence of birth defects in infants, especially when taken during the early crucial development stages of pregnancy.
3. Calcium and Vitamin D supplements can help reduce the incidence of hip fracture especially among the elderly, which results in fewer hospitalizations as well as reduced medical costs.
4. The preventive approach to good health by having an healthy diet, and taking dietary supplements where there are deficiencies, can help prevent diseases, which can translate into considerable savings in medical and hospitalization expenses in future years.
It is important that each person’s supplementation regime is personal to them. It will often depend on their gender, age, lifestyle and genetics. Teens and kids may need different types of supplement formulations for their development compared to adults or the elderly.
Care must also be taken as to what type and the amount of supplements a person is taking, as some of the essential vitamins, which in low doses are beneficial, can be a health risk if we overdose on them. This is especially true of some of the fat-soluble vitamins we take.
Taking alternative health supplements can have a beneficial effect on your health today, and help prevent problems occurring in the future. However, please ensure you seek professional advice before starting a supplement regime.
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