To Supplement or not to Supplement
Leading a healthy lifestyle with clean diet and consistent workout has become the new trend. While we put our best foot forward to be fitter and try to introduce new methods with every passing day, we often tend to stick to a certain idea because we have a pre-built perception. One such concept with varied underlining thoughts is whether we should complement our diet with the supplements.
With this blog, we try to cater basic skepticism and questions around supplements:
What are Health or Nutrition Supplements ??
Supplements are usually a combination of Vitamins, Minerals & Natural/Botanical Extracts. They may contain other nutrients such as omega fatty acids, amino acids, anti-oxidants or even herbs. These are consumed to make up for the deficiencies in a body. Dietary supplements come in different shapes and forms, some of them being capsules, tablets, powder or syrups.
It is very important to understand that supplements are not medicines but food items that cannot cure or treat any kind of disease. Their sole purpose is to take care of the deficits a body may have.
I take a healthy diet, Isn’t that enough ?
Supplement is not a substitute for a healthy and balanced diet. They are ideally meant for the people who have any kind of inadequacy in their body. This could be because of various factors like the eating habits, stress level and work schedule. Your body communicates these deficiencies through various signs. Some of them are the following:
- Brittle hair and nails
- Poor immunity
- Mouth ulcers and cracks in and around your mouth
- Muscle weakness
- White or red bumps on the skin
- Body pain
- Dryness of skin and hair
- Bleeding gums
- Delayed healing of wounds
Rather than waiting for your body to tell you about the inadequacies, it is preferred for you to analyze your diet, lifestyle and other parameters and examine the nutritional gap that may be created. For example: Vegetarians are more likely to not get enough omega 3 fatty acids through their diet. Similarly, women who go through heavy blood flow during menstrual cycle tend to develop iron deficiency. Also, working and living indoor makes most of us deficient in Vitamin D. There may be a lot of nutrients, paucity of which will not cause a lot of reaction but adding the same in your diet help you understand the difference.
I have a certain medical condition. Will supplements cure it?
We need to understand the fact that even though dietary supplements come in the same shape and give the same feel as that of a medicine, but the two are not equal.
Supplements contain vitamins and nutrients the quantity of each of which is regulated by the Recommended Dietary Allowance chart laid down by the food and nutrition board. These allowances are made keeping in mind the amount of nutrients needed by the body in a day. Taking supplements, thus, fills up the nutrition voids your body may have and may help stop the body problem to worsen. If taken for a longer period, under the guidance of a healthcare person, supplements may help improve the overall functioning of body systems.
We therefore say that supplements cannot be compared to medicines which are taken for instantaneous action on the problem of the body.
Having answered the most commonly asked questions on dietary supplements, we know that it is a broad topic with many more cynicism that hovers around it. Drop us a mail anytime and our nutrition experts will get back with a solution.