Do You Take Supplements?

on Oct 14, 2010 @ 02:49 pm

I've been doing some self-evaluation of my eating habits lately and I don't think I'm getting enough vitamins and minerals in my diet. I did some online research and I read some mixed reviews about how necessary it is.

Do you take supplements?  Is it necessary to take them or would it be better to alter my diet?

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Depends who you talk to on Oct 14, 2010 @ 04:51 pm

One doctor once told me that no amount of supplements makes up for a poor diet, so if you aren't eating right, you must start there.

However, if you are already eating a balanced diet then supplements can top you up. I think the bottom line is that popping pills (or Flintstones) is not a fix-all.

I personally think it's a bit of a scam. People use it as an excuse to not eat their veggies or whatever and assume they're covered. I have also heard differing reports about the effectiveness of one supplement brand versus another (eg. brandname or generic), and there are many vitamin companies that will certainly use this as their main selling point. Be careful in every case who you listen to - there is often a financial reason you're being advised one way or another.

If you have a restricted diet, such as allergies, gluten intolerance or vegetarian/vegan, then it's even more important to make sure your bases are covered for those areas where your diet is lacking. I'm not saying at all that those diets are unhealthy, but rather that you need to take care with any dietary plan to make sure all bases are covered.

Au Natural on Oct 14, 2010 @ 04:53 pm

I think it's always best to do things naturally. Supplements are to help your body when it does not have the ability to naturally create enough of something when you're on a healthy diet, not to replace nutrients we should be getting if we ate right.

Do your best to eat healthy (you're not alone! I'm sure at least 90% of women out there aren't doing it right! And that includes me!) and if you're still lacking in some area, then consider supplements. Consult a dietitian if you'd like a more professional opinion :)

Depends on Oct 15, 2010 @ 06:05 pm

It really depends on your diet.If your a vegetarian its always good to take a supplement or if you have health issues.I cant say enough good things about Emergen-c vitamin packs.They seem to be in most grocery stores now and there packed with vitamins and minerals you add a pack to cold or hot water and there so good!My favorite is the pink lemonade.But eating healthy foods is the best medicine!

Women's Centrum on Oct 16, 2010 @ 12:45 am

If you actually feel the signs that you're missing something, I would try starting with a multivitamin like Women's Centrum for about a week or so and see how you feel. But I do agree that you need to start with your eating habits first. I don't eat meat on the regular basis so I have to take B-12 supplement, otherwise I'm basically tired all day. If you eat fairly healthy I don't think you should worry about it too much. It's always good to get it checked out with your doctor, too.

Vitamin supplements on Oct 16, 2010 @ 07:39 pm

I did take supplements because I really didn't eat all that well, the only problem is once your on certain birth control (or some other medications) some vitamins can alter it so I just try and eat better. I can take them while on birth control the only thing is I have to wait a few hours after taking my pill and for my morning routine it's just a pain. I have started to eat better now and usually get all my food groups in, but if you need to take them talk to your doctor. I find the best kind is a multi-vitamin for myself personally.

multi-vitamin for women,vitamin D3 and Omega 3 on Oct 16, 2010 @ 08:37 pm

You should take Vitamin D3 daily, which prevents cancer, heart disease
and also depression, and also Omega 3 which consists of fish oils and
wild salmon- helps brain memory and development and even prevents

Doctors highly recommend taking these two supplements daily. Since most
people don't get enough vitamin D from the sun everyday and don't eat
salmon, tuna, etc. on a weekly basis, it's something to consider

Also, I take the multi-vitamin for women under 50 years of age.

additional tips on Oct 16, 2010 @ 08:54 pm

Sorry, just to answer your last question..
Yes, it is necessary to get 1000 IU of vitamin D daily
Most people do not know it prevents all forms of cancer. It is not talked about much because whether you believe it or not, doctors and researchers HAVE found cures to for example diseases such as AIDS but they want to keep population in control.

Here are some additional tips on how to stay young, energized and happy.Source: The Dr. Oz show

-what to eat: cottage cheese(for hair),mangoes(for teeth), cod( for skin),lean beef( for nails)
-supplements(Vitamin D3-cancer, heart disease), DHA(eyes),Calcium(bone), multivitamin(2 a day)
-call or email 3 friends in one week- serves as stress relief
-have sex-cuts the risk of heart attack,reduces pain, stress,helps immune system
-sleep- at least 7,5 to 8 hours/night

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