Is it Safe to Use Supplements?

Warrior House News | By Dana Gore
Posted: 02/06/2015 03:06GMT | Updated: 4 years ago

If you have ever walked into a health food store, physician’s office or browsed the internet looking to lose weight or simply feel better, you’ll have undoubtedly stumbled across promotions for supplementation.

You may have even purchased some of these products. Perhaps some of them worked, while some may have not.

None the less, there certainly doesn’t seem to be a shortage of pills, potions and/or serums designed to help to reduce your appetite, your waist line, improve your energy, focus, etc.

So the question is, is this a bad thing?

Or is it safe to use supplements? The short answer is yes. And no.

Don’t you just love paradox? 

But in all seriousness, there really isn’t a one size fits all answer to this question. So to gain a better understanding of whether or not using supplements is a good idea for YOU, let’s observe a couple of different perspectives.

Mindset and self-awareness are a couple of factors that can either render supplementation as a safe practice, or a detrimental one.

Supplements can be used safely when:

  • Your recent blood work revealed a vitamin/mineral deficiency and you’re using them as a way to correct this imbalance.
  • You are taking them for genuine well-being with reasons stemming from a sound state of mind.
  • You follow the directions of your healthcare provider while making sure not to overdo it (avoiding the “if some is good, more must be better” way of thinking).
  • You are not taking any medications that will negatively interact with them.

Supplements can be considered unsafe if:

  • You use them to replace sound nutrition (diet pills/appetite suppressants).
  • You consume more than the recommended dosage. Sometimes, this can create an imbalance of other minerals in the body and therefore, render them dangerous.
  • You use them to replace healthy living activities for a method of quick weight loss.
  • There are contraindications involved in taking them, such as mixing them with certain medications or medical conditions that may cause dangerous side effects.

The reason that state of mind is important when considering whether or not to use supplements is because when we do things from either a place of ignorance or emotional turmoil, we make decisions that can cause more harm than good.

If, however, we are armed with knowledge and simply have a desire for overall well-being, we make informed choices that can make supplementation a welcome addition to a healthy lifestyle.

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* Source – http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/natural-remedies/dangerous-supplement-and-medication-interactions

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Dana Gore

Dana Gore

Health and Fitness Professional and Writer at I Choose Awareness
Author of "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)"
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