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SUPPLEMENTS: Necessary or not?
(and if you are taking supplements now, are they actually helping or hurting you?)
Topics covered in this article:
The need for supplementation has now been clearly established. It is no longer a question of whether or not you require nutrient supplementation, but instead, which ones and how much.
Consider the following quote from Journal of the American Medical Association:
To underscore: "Suboptimal vitamin status is not (unusual) ... and is associated with many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks, strokes), cancer and osteoporosis..."
How your nutrient reserves become depleted:
If you relate to any of the above (especially more than one!), a properly selected nutrient supplement could help you look, feel, and function your best!
It isn't necessarily beneficial, or even safe, to take a nutrient supplement without first finding out the answers to these "must-ask" questions:
To find out specifically which nutrient supplements would be most beneficial for you (a "customized supplement" prescription), call my office at (772) 283-4046, or Request a New Client Consultation.
The word "SUPPLEMENTS" in this article may include:
... and other substances, or combinations of the above.
Categories of Supplementation:
Basically, there are 3 categories or types of supplements:
FOUNDATIONAL Supplementation - fill inevitable nutritional "gaps" in your daily diet
(e.g., Dr. Powers BASICS and Dr. Powers ESSENTIALS)
REPLENISHMENT Supplementation - top off your nutrient "tank" when it has been measured low in any of multiple nutrients. When evaluated, it is quite common to find a number of nutrient deficiencies in most people. When restored to optimal levels, feeling and functioning better naturally occurs.
THERAPEUTIC Supplementation - usually include natural medicines to further support immunity, blood sugar regulation, thyroid function, hormone balance, chronic inflammation, pain control, etc.
For example, immune boosting supplements help 'prime' your immune system in preparation for bacterial or viral exposure, reducing your risk of infection.
First, it is wise to ensure the most common nutritional "gaps" are filled by taking a balanced, bio-available, safe, independently assayed (for purity and content), daily supplement formula.
Dr. Powers BASICS and Dr. Powers ESSENTIALS were formulated precisely for this need.
Taking Dr. Powers BASICS or ESSENTIALS helps ensure that you have safe and fundamental nutritional support to optimize your health and immunity, and without worrying about contamination or potency questions.
Each daily dose (2 packets) of Dr. Powers ESSENTIALS = the optimal amount and balanced combination of nutrients the vast majority of adults need:
To order Dr. Powers ESSENTIALS, submit at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next, add in additional therapeutic amounts of specific nutrients that you have been tested and shown to be deficient in, and that directly impacts your health, vitality and ability to heal.
ALERT! Be sure to receive proper guidance and nutritional evaluation before taking individual "single" supplements (as listed below) in therapeutic quantities.
It is possible (and common) to take too much of individual nutrients, which can negatively impact your health.
Please seek professional advice rather than self-prescribing supplements to avoid these unintended, and often imperceptible, consequences.
Some examples of nutrients commonly deficient are:
INDEED, there are many many more vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, healthy fats/oils, amino acids, etc., then listed above, that you need to feel good, function well, and help prevent heart attacks, cancer, etc.
However, the above list serves to provide a glimpse at some of the important nutrients necessary for health, along with information about good sources, precautions, dosages, etc.
My hope is that the above information helps create an appreciation for the complexity of nutrient supplementation, leading you to experienced, professional guidance in this critical area to get well and stay well.
How can we determine which nutrients you are deficient in?
Clues about your nutrient status can be gleaned from a combination of the following sources:
Aren't sure what nutrient supplementation your body needs?
A Holistic Health Screening will certainly help you determine some of your 'gaps'. Alternately, a nutritional consultation with Dr. Powers will help get you on the right track, too! (Schedule a Holistic Health Screening or a Consultation with Dr. Powers)
The last category of supplements are ...
Botanicals (herbs), homeopathic remedies, proteolytic enzymes, high-dose pre/probiotics, specific amino acids, and many more substances, can serve to assist the body in healing and repairing itself.
Selection, dosages, timing, and combinations, as with all supplements, determine whether the effect will have benefit, little of no benefit, or even potentially interfere with the body's healing efforts.
Alert! Before experimenting with supplements, especially therapeutic supplements, consider seeking guidance from a holistic physician specifically trained in nutritional supplementation.
Need some help?
Call (772) 283-4046 to make an appointment with Dr. Powers, or Request an Appointment online here.
* Important Messages about
DOSAGES and MEDICATION!
Too much is just as bad as too little:
It is not wise to just dump a lot of nutrients into your body without knowing what is safe to take; how much to take; when to take it; and for how long. Beneficial and safe dosages are based on your specific individual and changing needs.
If you are taking any Medication:
There are many drug/nutrient interactions that can affect the effectiveness of your medication.
Alert! If you are on medication, consult your doctor before taking any supplements, or Request an Appointment.
BUYER BE AWARE:
Not all Supplements are ALIKE!
The quality, content, and purity of supplements are not regulated by the FDA. That means that you have no assurance that you are actually purchasing what you think you are buying. For example:
This is why it is so important to:
Only purchase supplements that have been independently and randomly assayed for purity and content by a qualified, "third-party" lab. (Not sure? Request an Appointment)
How much to take is critical!
Even if the supplement contains exactly (and only) what is listed on its label, knowing how much to take determines whether your taking the supplement will do more good than harm:
This is why it is so important to:
Be sure you actually know what supplements to take, and how much to take, before just "dumping" them into your body and hoping for the best!
And, why it is critical to periodically re-evaluate your body's supplement needs as your supplement prescription expiration date approaches.
For more information on determining what nutrient supplements would be most beneficial for you, call my office for an appointment at (772) 283-4046, or Request a New Client Consultation