Wellness is having a big moment right now! Browse through social media, and you’ll see celebrities sharing everything from where they bought their yoga pants to the protein powder they take before working out.
While the sharing of information is good and can be inspiring, there is one issue to consider before jumping on any bandwagons.
The issue we want to focus on today is the use of supplements. Don’t get us wrong! We recommend the use of vitamins and supplements, and we even offer a variety of supplements at OneLife Medical center.
The part we’re worried about is how many patients are self-prescribing and taking different supplements just because their friends are or they heard it was good.
Are you guilty of this? It’s okay! That’s why we’re here. We’ll set the record straight and give you all of the important information you need so that you can make the best choices for your health and wellbeing.
What Are Supplements?
This is a big question to answer, so let us break it down. First things first—supplements are an effective aid for good health and longevity and can come in:
- Soft gel
- Many other forms ingested through the mouth
There are many types of supplement products available, which is why it can be tricky when discussing supplements without the guidance of a medical professional. Here are some of the different types:
- Amino Acids
Now that you know what supplements are let’s get into who they’re for. Generally speaking, supplements are great for people who are not able to achieve proper nutrition with their daily diets.
This may be caused by:
- Poor appetite
- Food sensitivities and allergies
- Women who are pregnant
- Patients with certain deficiencies
- Chronic conditions
- Patients with certain medications
- Children who are still developing
This may seem like a broad group meaning most people may fall under the “need supplement” category. Still, you should always consult your medical provider before introducing a new supplement to your diet and routine.
Why You Should Speak to Your Doctor Before Starting Supplements
Not every supplement is created equal, and while they are FDA regulated, they’re not nearly as regulated as prescription medicines. Self-diagnosis is never the best strategy, and having your physician perform comprehensive tests and lab work to uncover the root cause of your health concerns is the best place to start.
Many patients falsely assume that supplements are safe because they’re natural, but most of us recognize that too much of anything can be a bad thing.
Dietary supplements and herbs can be powerful and interact with your body in different ways from other patients. Here are a few more in-depth reasons why you should get a professional opinion before starting a supplement:
Your family history matters
Many patients don’t realize that they have hereditary conditions that may impede or change the way their body absorbs different vitamins. During your consultation, your doctor will be able to explain things to look out for as well as supplements to avoid.
Supplements contain fillers
You may feel that you did your due diligence by researching the ingredients in your supplements, but many patients don’t know that supplements also contain fillers that are inactive ingredients. For example, a patient with celiac disease may not be able to take certain supplements.
You could overdo it
Remember how we said too much of anything could be bad? Some supplements may contain excessive amounts of minerals and vitamins, which can be dangerous for patients with certain restrictions, conditions, or health histories. Our doctors can recommend the right supplement for you.
We Can Help
These three reasons just scratch the surface of why you should speak with your doctor before starting a supplement, but we think it’s painted a nice picture of what you should look out for.
If you have any questions or you’d like to learn more about supplements, and whether you could benefit from adding them to your wellness routine, we’re here to help!
We want you to walk us through your health history, concerns, and goals. When you visit OneLife Medical, we will listen to you and work together to uncover the root of your health problems.
Schedule your consultation today, so we can craft the best plan of care so you can look, feel, and live your best life!