To take or not to take dietary supplements is entirely dependent on what kind of foods you eat. There are times when our body, even if we eat a lot, still could not get the exact amount of minerals it needs therefore vitamin or mineral deficiency ensues. However, as the case may be, should our body receives too much it simply metabolizes them all, use some minerals, store some others and excrete wasted minerals out from the body provided that you are healthy to begin with.
But more often than not, only few people take in enough minerals everyday. For instance, low hemoglobin means low in iron. For the body to be able to produce enough hemoglobin, it needs iron because along with metabolic processes, it requires utilization of iron. This is the most common mineral deficiency especially here in the Philippines. I, for example, have been suffering iron deficiency for long that is why I have been taking in supplements and here we should discuss how to take supplements.
First thing to keep in mind is to take in doses that you can tolerate. For instance, in my case, I can’t tolerate taking in more than one tablet daily because iron supplements have strong smell that I usually get stomach churns and if I could not contain it, I would go vomiting because of the odor. Other than this reason, the body normally absorbs tolerable dosages as well. This means that the body can absorb better and faster if you take in small doses every time. Since you are taking it as a supplement then it follows that the faster you can absorb it, the better it is to correct deficient amounts in your bloodstream.
Next, always make sure to take your dietary supplements with meal. Dietary supplements are called as such because they just support your diet meaning it is not a form of replacement to your daily meals. Sometimes, vitamins and minerals are best absorbed in the presence of high acid in our stomach. Eating produces large amount of stomach acid because it is the one that will aid in the digestion of food that we eat. Knowing this, it would certainly mean that if your stomach has a lot of acid after eating, it follows that when you take in your dietary supplement, your body can metabolize the mineral easily.
The other thing that you need to remember is that there is never too little when taking dietary supplements. Sometimes, taking supplements would really help maintain a stable healthy lifestyle provided that we follow some health rules too. A healthy lifestyle does not only depend on taking supplements. To keep everything balanced, you need to maintain having healthy exercises or activities, stop vices and eat healthy food. To maintain the balance, you have to put in effort. Like any other things in this life, being healthy is a matter of a person’s will. Taking dietary supplements, no matter how little dose we take in, is already presenting a benefit.