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Supplements are heavily marketed in the world of health and wellness, and people like to take them for a variety of ailments and conditions. If you are thinking of taking supplements, or if you already are but do not feel that they are working too well, you might want to consider changing how you take your supplements. Keep reading for some tips on how to make the most of your supplements.
Pair Them With Food
While it is said that vitamin and mineral supplements have a high concentration of the vitamin or mineral that you are wanting to take more of, only the highest quality supplements have enough of the vitamin or mineral to be worth the price. However, even the highest quality supplement can use a bit of help from other sources, as it is only meant to supplement what you cannot get from those sources. Consider pairing your supplements with your meals, especially if you have to take those supplements multiple times a day.
Doing this will help for many reasons. If you are not doing so already, taking supplements with your food will help you establish a routine so you do not forget to take your supplements. If you find yourself feeling ill from taking your supplements on an empty stomach, taking your supplements with food will alleviate that problem. A lot of medications are taken with food, and while supplements are not food, having nothing in your stomach but a lot of pills is not good for your health.
Follow the Directions on the Bottle
While you may be familiar with how supplements work, each supplement is different, and each manufacturer is different. Always read the directions on a bottle of supplements before you take anything. After doing so, follow the directions to the letter to get the most benefit from your supplements. It may seem like a no-brainer, but there are many people who do not do this. If you need to consult a doctor, do so. If you cannot take the supplements with a certain substance, do not take them with that substance. All you have to do is follow the directions, plain and simple.
If you decide that you cannot follow the directions for whatever reason, do not just throw the supplements away or flush them down the toilet. Dispose of them at your local pharmacy. If your supplements are prescribed, talk with your doctor about potential substitutions or alternate solutions, especially if following the instructions puts your health in danger due to a medical condition.
Do Not Take Too Many
If you are one of the people who thinks that you cannot overdose on supplements, you need to think again. Although it is rare, there have been deaths that have been attributed to overdosing on supplements. There have also been side effects of overdosing on supplements that have proven to be fatal, including but not limited to low blood pressure, liver failure and lung damage. Again, while supplements are not medications, they have an effect on your body, just like anything else that is put on or in it.
It is easy to prevent overdosing on supplements, and many ways of going about said prevention. As mentioned before, you need to follow the instructions on your supplement bottles. If you are allergic to a supplement, do not take the supplement. If two supplements should not be taken with one another, do not take them together. If your doses change, be mindful of that and remember that different dosages come with different protocols. As long as you take preventative measures, you will not overdose. Supplements can be a great way to get missing vitamins and minerals without having to overeat or consume other things that are not as good for you. Keep this article in mind and you will be able to reap more benefits from your supplements and might see improved results.
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