Nutritional Supplements: Do You Know What You’re Doing?

When we talk about nutritional supplements, what do we mean?

According to the FDA: nutritional supplements, also called dietary supplements, are products you ingest that contain a dietary ingredient intended to add further nutritional value to (supplement) the diet.

The most popular are multivitamins, calcium, and vitamins B, C and D.

According to the National Institute of Health News in Health: “More than half of all Americans take one or more dietary supplements daily.”

But do they know what they’re doing?

Do you?

What’s at Stake?

As busy professional women, we work days, skip meals, and pick up ‘take out’ on the way home for dinner. It seems easier to reach for a supplement to fill in the nutritional ‘gap’ rather than slow down and eat healthfully.

But is popping a nutritional supplement, willy-nilly, good for us?

Here’s the problem: When you reach for that bottle of vitamin C or fish oil pill, do you know if you’re taking the right amount for your body?

Getting the Right Mix of Supplements

Choosing the right mix of supplements is essential for anyone interested in taking an active roll in their health.

While most supplements don’t have side effects, they still impact our body.

For instance, vitamin C when taken in the right dosage helps build the immune system. Adversely, in higher doses, it’s a laxative. The amino acid L-Theanine can help to lower cortisol levels and aid in relaxation. If you’re currently taking a prescription to lower blood pressure, you wouldn’t add L-Theanine as a supplement.

Three Avenues to Pursue When Seeking Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements can be a powerful ally for busy professional women interested in achieving optimal health. If you do decide to take dietary supplements, here are three avenues to pursue:

  1. Consult with a doctor – just not any doctor.
    For optimal holistic health, seek advice from a degreed medical professional trained to focus on whole-body health. Doctors of Oriental Medicine, Naturopaths, Alternative or Integrative medical doctors, for instance, are able to advise you on nutritional supplements. Traditional, western medicine doctors are not permitted by licensing.
  2. Partner with a Holistic Health Consultant.
    A lower cost alternative to seeking advice from a holistic medical doctor is to consult with a certified holistic health consultant. Many are educated and trained in how to help you wisely choose supplements best for your health goals.Be cautious of ‘health coaches.’ Not all health coaches are certified.
  3. Do your research on Google.
    Although this is the lowest cost alternative, it takes the most amount of time. To become knowledgeable about nutritional supplements you’ll need to do one heck of a lot of research. Word to the wise: read carefully.

Nutritional supplements can be a powerful ally for busy professional women interested in achieving optimal health. However, before you go off, willy-nilly, choosing whatever dietary supplement you think would do you good, make sure you know what you’re doing. Pursue these three avenues when deciding on what nutritional supplements to take. Your body will thank you.