April 19, 2012

Guest Post :: The Pros and Cons of Supplements



Having a busy lifestyle can mean that eating right is forgotten. Instead, most of us believe that taking supplements will help keep our bodies in working condition. While they do help, taking the wrong vitamin supplements can also cause us problems. Be sure to check the pros and cons of supplements before taking anything.

Pros
For those of us that are either too lazy, or too busy, to look into proper nutrition supplements can fill the void. There are a wide range of standards we are supposed to keep to, eating five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day is just one. But are these really realistic? Maybe once or twice you will reach the goal, but the chances are that you’ll fall short.

This is one of the main advantages to supplements. They can fill the void left by a lack of good foods and though you really should try to eat well, supplements can stop you from lacking the nutrients you need. By taking the right supplements every morning you can fight off disease and make yourself perform better throughout the day.

Not only are supplements beneficial for the physical aspects of your health, they also help with your mental attributes. By taking a supplement we feel as though we’re gaining the right amount of nutrients. And just believing this can help push us in the right direction.

Another huge advantage to supplements is for people with allergies. There are a wide number of different conditions and in most circumstances; people can’t eat the foods needed for a perfect health. With supplements there is a chance to get everything they need, without having to make themselves ill in the process.

Cons
One of the biggest problems surrounding supplements is that a lot of people stop eating healthy foods. These people believe that if they’re taking supplements then they’re healthy and won’t need to reach the high standards set by dietary guidelines. This mentality towards dietary supplements is very wrong and should be avoided at all costs.

There is no substitute for eating healthy foods. The nutrients contained in foods such as fruit and vegetables are easier to absorb in the body and work at a better rate. There are far more nutrients which will benefit the body in a wide number of ways. Supplements are named appropriately because they are supplements, something which needs to be taken alongside the good foods.

The problem is that even people eating right can make mistakes with dietary supplements. If you start taking too much of a certain vitamin it can build to a toxic level and harm the body. By doing this we can cause ourselves to be ill, which is what we’re trying to avoid by taking the supplements. Be sure to check the labels on the vitamins you’re taking and adjust your intake to your lifestyle.

For example, a vegetarian will lack the nutrients that come with eating meat. You may obtain some iron from vegetables, but there is a high possibility that you’ll need more. In these circumstances it’s important to pick a supplement high in iron. If though, like a lot of vegetarians, they enjoy cheese and dairy products, you may want to avoid a supplement that is high in calcium.

There are a high number of dietary products on the market so be sure to choose one that you trust. But remember that these companies aren’t offering medical advice. It’s up to you to know what supplements you need and whether it’s safe to take them. If you’re allergic to seafood, then you won’t want to buy an omega 3 supplement such as Everest Nutrition Krill Oil.

Supplements can be an important part of your diet, filling in the gaps left by a busy schedule. They’ll keep you healthy and help pull you through the day. But when taken for the wrong reasons they can also make you ill. It might be cliché to say, but in these circumstances it’s important to remember that everything should be taken in moderation.

1 comment:

  1. The B vitamins in supplements are also great for lifting your mood and keeping you balanced.

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