Supplements are largely praised as making it a lot easier to reach fitness goals even within the limitations of a diet and an otherwise demanding lifestyle. They can certainly help with that, but it’s also important to realize that there are right ways and wrong ways to use them. Sometimes, you can miss the effects of said supplements because you’re not using them right. Other times, they can actually be a risk to your health. So, what’s the way to use supplements knowing that you can trust you’ll get the outcome you were promised from them?
Always consult your doctor first
It might sound like an inconvenience every time you want to try out a new supplement and change your diet around. But it’s an inconvenience that can stop you from suffering a serious health risk. Supplements aren’t all too different from synthesized medicine: they have various ingredients that don’t always play well with one another or aren’t the best for someone with a certain condition. To make sure you’re not exacerbating existing conditions or causing an interaction between medicine and supplements, or even supplements and other supplements, you should keep your doctor fully appraised of what’s going inside your body. Without that insight, you could put yourself at risk of unexpected illness.
Check for common side effects
Another thing you should ask about at the doctors is how different side effects play into one another. But be careful when you read online about supposed side effect ingredients. There’s a wave of anti-intellectualism regarding both drugs and supplements and their components. When looking for side effects, advocators against them will sometimes use overblown issues like the side effects of strontium. Or, as has been a common case in the anti-vaccination movement, they will look at individual ingredients and common uses or side-effects without considering how those ingredients or elements are actually supposed to work with each other when synthesized properly. It’s a good idea to research whatever you’re taking. But know how to spot blatant falsehoods when people are trying to advocate something for purely political motivations.
Keep an eye on the lawsuits
As much more reasonable way to make sure that you’re avoiding anything too dangerous is by looking at the list of recalls and lawsuits available online. Many recalls and the like will be issued while certain drugs or supplements are still available on the market. Others might use fraudulent labeling, calling themselves FDA approved because they happen to contain ingredients that are FDA approved, but without taking into context how those ingredients act with all the others involved in the supplement. It’s generally a good idea to look at supplements that have been tried and tested on the market for longer than to go for the newer releases on the markets. Your health shouldn’t rely on fads.
The individual’s experiences with supplements are not only shaped by which ones they use but how their body and their habits interact with what they use. Make sure you’re informed before you trust anything you put in your body.