Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamins and Supplements – Many of us do not eat properly, so we are most likely not getting enough vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy body.  My last blog was about using kitchen gadgets to help you achieve your weight loss goal. Today’s blog is about vitamins and supplements.

Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamins and Supplements

Of course, food is your best source of vitamins and minerals. If you are eating a healthy well- balanced diet you most likely will not need vitamins or supplements. For those of us who are not eating properly, adding vitamins and supplements is one way we can provide our bodies with what we are deficient in. We should remember not to take too many supplements. Taking too many vitamins and supplements can be bad for you.

SHOPPING FOR VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Garlic

People who have taken a garlic supplement have had fewer colds and recovered more quickly than those who do not take garlic supplements. Garlic increases the antibody production in your body which helps to fight and boosts your immune system.

Oregano Oil

Oregano Oil is used to fight against infection as well as help fight against the common cold. You can apply topically if you have any infections. It is recommended to get the oral grade so you can ingest it.

Vitamin D

Are your muscles feeling fatigued? If they are you may not be getting enough Vitamin D. 50% of the world population are deficient in vitamin D. Researchers found that people with low vitamin D levels had improved muscle efficiency after they received treatment for the vitamin deficiency.

People more at risk of being deficient than others, include older adults, people with darker skin, people who get less sun exposure, such as those in colder climates, and people who are obese.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B helps create energy in cells. Having a deficiency in B vitamins can cause you to feel fatigued. Older adults, vegetarians, and vegans may be at a higher risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency. Vitamin B-12 is only in animal products or fortified foods.

Iron

A deficiency in iron can lead to a lack of energy and fatigue. Those who have a higher risk of iron deficiency are people who, are menstruating, pregnant or breastfeeding, vegetarian or vegan, exercise intensely, and those who donate blood regularly. Eating iron-rich foods with vitamin C can increase absorption, so people should be sure to include fruits and vegetables, citrus fruits, and leafy greens in their diet.

Risk and Side Effects

Vitamins and supplements can cause mild side effects in some people. If you experience any side effects from supplements, you should stop using them immediately and see your family doctor.

Some supplements can interact with certain medications. If a person is taking medications for an existing health condition, it is best to speak to a doctor or pharmacist about possible interactions before taking a supplement.

Last Thoughts

People who are eating a well-balanced healthy diet along with exercising most probably do not need vitamins or supplements. However, most of us do not eat a well-balanced diet or exercise so vitamins and supplements may be required to help boost energy levels and increase performance during exercise.

You should always consult with your family doctor or nutritionist about what vitamins and /or supplements you should be taking.