Over 75% of adults in the US are taking supplements or vitamins daily.
Whether it's a multivitamin, collagen, protein powder or greens, dietary supplements have become a staple in healthy lifestyles everywhere.
And for good reason! Vitamins and supplements are most certainly not going anywhere anytime soon and their health benefits can be plentiful when used consistently and correctly.
We all want to live happy, healthy, and active lives for as long as possible... and holistic supplements can help us accomplish this!
But with so many choices available to us, putting together an individualized supplement program that really works for you can seem confusing and overwhelming.
With most vitamins and supplements being easily accessible to us, it may seem easy to just throw together as many supplements as possible and hope for results.
Regardless of however prevalent supplements may be, unfortunately, the truth is that many of us take nutritional supplements the wrong way. These common mistakes are small things that can add up to make a big difference, and most of us are guilty of at least one of them!
Luckily, there are a few easy fixes to the most common mistakes that we make when taking supplements. And best of all, it's not as complicated as you might think!
7 Common Supplement Mistakes
1. Thinking supplements alone are enough to keep you healthy.
We’re big advocates of holistic living here at Primal Harvest, and believe that all parts of your health should be taken into account. This includes your diet, activity level, self care routine, stress levels, and more. Supplements are just one important piece of the puzzle!
2. Assuming multivitamins are all you need.
Supplements aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal. To get the most out of your supplements, it's best to tailor your supplement intake to your lifestyle and your unique nutritional needs.
For example, there are specific multivitamins available for expecting mothers, adults over 50, and vegetarians. Each one of these categories has different nutritional needs and are most likely looking for different benefits. Choose the one that fits your needs best!
3. Taking calcium supplements.
Research shows that a third of supplement consumers take calcium for stronger bones. However, some studies have shown that calcium supplements provide little to no protection against bone damage. Other studies have even found an association between calcium supplements and increased risk of stroke or heart attack.
In other words, this is one supplement you probably can pass on, unless otherwise recommended by your medical care provider. Try opting for natural calcium sources instead to allow for maximum absorption in the right amounts.
4. Taking your supplements at the wrong time.
It's important to have a close look at the supplement instructions. Some supplements are better absorbed with a meal, and others are more effective when taken on an empty stomach. Individuals prone to nausea or digestive sensitivities are best recommended to take their supplements with a light meal.
Depending on the status of your digestive health and the specific supplement you are taking, you could be missing out on benefits by not following the guidelines correctly.
5. Not taking them consistently.
It's no surprise that supplements work best when you take them regularly. Taking them inconsistently means less benefits and less of an opportunity for your body to adjust to your new routine.
It's always best to take supplements every day, as instructed, or as prescribed by your healthcare practitioner. Consistency is key above all when it comes to getting the most out of your supplement routine!
6. Being impatient
Going hand in hand with consistency, patience is equally as important when it comes to supplement benefits. Many times, we expect to see results almost overnight, maybe in a week or so, and then get frustrated when we don't feel the difference immediately.
It's important to remember that it takes time for your body to adjust to a new vitamin or supplement, and that inner healing takes time. Give it some time (a month at least) before assessing the results of your new supplement routine. Some areas of our health take much longer to begin healing than others, and it's totally normal.
7. Overcomplicating things
We're constantly being told to buy one new supplement after the next. If you're eager to improve your health, it can be easy to fall into the trap of buying too many supplements.
Not only do some supplements not mix well together, but overcomplicating your routine can leave you frustrated and more prone to give up completely. When in doubt, keep it simple, and add in additional supplements later on.
It's always best to speak with your doctor about which handful of supplements will be most effective for your specific health needs and goals, and then stick to those consistently.
Have you made any of these common supplement mistakes? Don't worry! Most of us have... If you’re not sure you’re taking the right supplements or taking them correctly, always ask your health practitioner for the best personalized advice for your needs.
NOW YOU'RE READY TO BE A HOLISTIC HEALTH WARRIOR AND TAKE BACK YOUR HEALTH FOR GOOD!
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