Seventy-six percent of U.S. adults, more than 170 million, take dietary supplements, according to the CRN 2017 Survey on Dietary Supplements conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.
Even though the majority of people may be taking dietary supplements regularly, it does not mean that they have a full understanding of what they are taking and why. For the 24 percent of people who are not currently taking supplements regularly, one main reason for not doing so, may be because they do not know where to start.
The diet supplement world can be confusing and intimidating. There are hundreds and hundreds of options to choose from and they all tackle different things. How does one make the right choice?
Well, here are some helpful tips to guide you in making the right decision for picking the diet supplements that work best for you and your body.
1. Understand Your Body’s Needs
You know what your body needs and what it is lacking. Do a self-examination of your daily routine and your body. Are you lacking energy? Are your nails and hair brittle? Do you have joint pain? Are you trying to increase your muscle mass?
If you are unsure what your body’s needs may be, consult a doctor or have a health screening to provide some clarity. Knowing what your body needs and what it is lacking lays the foundation for which supplements you should take.
2. Do Your Research
Research, research, research. Do your research to understand different dietary supplements, how they interact with the body, what they help do, what potential side effects they may cause, etc. You should have a full understanding of the dietary supplements you are putting into your body. Research each supplement and the effects it may have on your body, but also understand how the multiple supplements you are taking interact with one another or with other prescription medications you are taking.
3. Purchase Reputable Manufacturers
4. Select Based on Sex And Age
Your sex and your age have a lot to do with the type of dietary supplements you should be taking and what your body may need. There are vitamins and supplements specifically designed for different stages of your life and tailored to males and females. For example, prenatal vitamins for pregnant women or child vitamins to help promote growth.
5. Balance With A Healthy Diet
No matter how many supplements you take, it won’t undo an unhealthy diet. Supplements and your diet work hand-in-hand to provide you with the results you are looking for. Compliment your supplements with your food and drink intake. Be mindful of everything you are putting into your body — whether by food or by supplement — so you don’t have an excess of nutrients that could be harmful.
6. Adjust Accordingly
Your body changes and your needs change too. Adjust the type of dietary supplements you are taking and how much you are taking. Maybe you only needed a supplement for a short period of time and being on it is not serving you anymore. If a supplement is making you feel bad or has adverse side effects, consult your doctor and reconsider taking it.