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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because your natural health and wellness is important. Vitamins and minerals are an essential part of a healthy diet. But what about taking them in supplement form?
Ideally, you should be able to get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs from a balanced diet. However, it’s impossible to know exactly how much of each nutrient you’re consuming through food alone, leading some people to choose to take supplements instead.
If you’re worried about your health, taking a daily vitamin and mineral supplement can help fill in the gaps. They can also be useful if you’re under stress with a busy lifestyle, as a supplement can help boost your immune system and provide you with nutrients that you may not be getting from your diet.
But while they’re helpful for those who have deficiencies, they may also come with their own risks. As with any supplement, it’s not a good idea to take more than the recommended daily amount. You might be tempted to load up on these nutrients because they are available over-the-counter, but this can be dangerous.
You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of poor health, including chronic disease, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some chronic diseases (if you suffer from them). In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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