How to Add Supplements to Your Daily Regime
It’s great that you’re looking after your health by adding supplements to your daily regime. But you have to be careful with certain factors when using supplements. You don’t really gain a lot of advantages by misusing them. In fact, taking too much might result in peeing too much or diarrhea. And if you’re looking for ways to add supplements to your daily regime, you’re reading the right article!
Read the Supplement Label
Is the supplement certified to be safe? Look for the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) seal or that of the NSF International or consumerlab.com. The label should contain the name of the supplement as well as that of the manufacturer, and the latter’s address and phone number. You should also be able to find the full list of ingredients in the label of the supplement as well as its nutrient content.
Beware of the labels and don’t fall for any gimmicky tricks, especially when its claims are too good to be true. Watch out for those claiming to be alternatives to FDA-approved drugs or anabolic steroids, those marketed in a foreign language or marketed through email; and those promising rapid effects such as fast weight loss or sexual enhancement.
Reading the label is important to ensure for a few key reasons:
- Know which nutrients to get more or less of
- The label provides detailed information about the supplements’ contents
- Knowing the contents will help if you have special conditions or requirements of nutrients
- You can use the label to compare products
Take Supplements as Directed
Watch out for the dosage you’re taking, and follow the instructions in the packaging or the advice of your health provider. For example, if you were to use Allmax Nutrition, Impact Igniter, only take 1 serving a day equivalent to 1/2 scoop. This is enough high-quality protein supplement for your body.
Supplements are good at providing additional nutrients that your body needs, but they can be disastrous when taken in proportions that exceed what is recommended. For instance, too much iron can cause a toxic level of build-up within the heart and liver. It can cause fatigue and joint paint. Therefore, there’s really no real advantage in overdosing on your supplements.
Reasons why taking supplements only as directed is important:
- Avoid overdosing
- Avoid side effects
- Avoid health complications
Don’t Substitute Supplements For Food
Supplements are not designed to replace the food you eat every day. Supplements, by design, should be taken alongside food to recoup some of the essential vitamins and minerals that you may be deficient in. They cannot provide the body with all the nutrients it needs to develop and recover on their own. Some studies show that supplements do not significantly affect the longevity of life as much as a balanced diet. Real food has a few advantages over supplements: they offer greater nutrition, more essential fiber, and protective chemicals. For example, eating broccoli will give you a lot of Vitamin C, but it will also give you other vitamins and minerals such as fiber, potassium, and protein.
Here are some of the benefits of eating a balanced diet along with supplements:
- Gain essential nutrients for the body
- Get a good amount of both micronutrients and macronutrients
- Weight loss
- Reduced Cancer risk
- Strong bones and teeth
Sort Supplements and Medicine Properly
Make sure to organize your supplements and medicine in an orderly fashion. This not only prevents any accidental consumption, but this will also make your regime more manageable. Store them in a safe place that is not easily accessible to children, because you don’t want them to take these supplements—especially without the supervision of adults.
There are many different ways to store your supplements:
- Store them in cool and dry places
- Avoid storing them in the bathroom
- Keep the supplements and medicine in their original container
- Get the cotton ball outside of the container because it has the tendency to pull moisture inside
- Store them in a place with a hatch lock so children don’t have direct access to it
For other tips speak to a local pharmacist about suggestions for storing supplements and other medicine safely and responsibly.