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Using Dietary Supplements For Your Health

May 6, 2008
There are three answers to the above question. First, if you are following a good daily nutritional plan and are in good health you likely don't have a requirement for dietary supplements. If your lifestyle is such that you're constantly in a rush, skipping breakfast, hitting the fast-food lanes and feasting on doughnuts when a salad would serve you better, then taking dietary supplements should probably be a part of your daily regimen.

The third answer, which is a definite "No" is where you have a medical condition or are taking prescription drugs which may make the intake of certain dietary supplements unsafe. Most of us could probably benefit from one or another dietary supplement. If your lifestyle is indeed revolving around a cup of coffee for breakfast and a burger and fries for lunch every day then dietary supplements and also an overhaul of your eating habits, would be a sensible solution.

Your doctor can tell you the best supplement for you. He can also tell you the options you have of taking that supplement. Some supplements you take like a pill, either tablet or caplets. Others are liquid or powders.

Once you start taking a supplement, pay attention to what your body may be telling you. If you start experiencing aches, pains, tiredness, etc., you should stop and with the help of your doctor or a nutritionist try to trace the cause. If you experience an allergic reaction you should stop immediately and see your doctor, particularly if the reaction is at all severe. Bear in mind it may not always be what you are taking that's the source of the problem but how much of what you are taking. Make sure you know the recommended dosage and stick to it. Too much of a "good" thing can become a bad thing

Lastly, make sure that you look for reliable information on whatever dietary supplement you choose. The manufacturer or seller of the supplement could possibly be offering biased information. Finding information from someone unconnected with the product is the best way to find advice on any supplement.
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