5 Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing A Supplement
If you are like most people, you are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When making a conscious effort to live healthily, there are several obvious steps to take:
- Eat a balanced diet
- Be conscious of caloric intake
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid sugar
- Set aside time for mental health (pursue hobbies, hang with friends, etc.)
- Take supplements as needed
While all these things may be obvious, unfortunately, they are not always easy. Take choosing a supplement for example. How do you know you are choosing the right one and not just throwing your money away?
Navigating The World Of Supplements
Did you know that the supplement industry has grown to a more than 36 billion dollar industry?
With so many products on the market, it’s little wonder that choosing the right supplement can feel a little like a blindfolded pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game. But there are questions you can ask yourself to help narrow down the choices:
Do I Even Need A Supplement?
I know, I know. This one sounds too obvious to even be on the list. But hear me out:
Are you showing signs of an actual deficiency, or are you taking a supplement because it makes you feel vaguely like you are doing something healthy for yourself?
Common signs of deficiency can include fatigue, breathlessness, muscle pain, and even memory loss, stress, and anxiety.
The list goes on and on, but the point is to ensure there is an actual physical condition you are attempting to address with a supplement. Otherwise, you may be unintentionally overdosing yourself in an overzealous attempt to “be healthy”.
Whole Food Vs. Synthetic
Assuming you truly need a supplement, quality is the next factor to consider. But what does this mean?
Any supplement you consume should be sourced from whole foods. This makes sense when you consider that Mother Nature is the original source of the vitamins and minerals our body needs.
Most of what we need comes from the (healthy) foods we eat. In nature you never find one vitamin isolated from all the others. Instead, you find them in various combinations because this is how our bodies process them best.
So when taking a supplement, you don’t want a synthetic substitute made in a lab. You want a whole food supplement that is going to deliver what nature intended.
Bigger Is Not Always Better
Next thing to check:
Is the “dosage” correct? All supplement dosages are not created equal. Overdosing yourself on a supplement is a bit like trying to push in a thumbtack with a mallet. Brute force does not always win the day. So if you are uncertain how much to take, consult a nutritionist.
Is There Evidence Of Effectiveness?
If you are going to spend your hard-earned cash on something, you obviously want it to work. When buying a supplement, read the reviews.
Better yet, talk to people who’ve actually taken it and see what they think. If someone you know and trust recommends something, you know you’ve found a winner.
Do Your Research
Are there any warnings issued or known health concerns with regard to this supplement? A smart consumer will do some research before diving headfirst into something.
Adaptogens To The Rescue
Luckily, adaptogens fit the bill perfectly. They are sourced from wild-crafted herbs, roots, and berries and are proven to help your body adapt to the stressors you encounter on a daily basis.
So if you’ve been feeling fatigued, mentally foggy, anxious or stressed, adaptogens will help to smooth out your body’s functions and return you to a state of homeostasis (that internal equilibrium we all seek but seldom find.) Try them for yourself – you won’t regret it!