It seems as though our diets change at various times, even when we are not trying. Stress can play a key role in our diet, because it can lead to overeating, or not eating at all for many people. Other factors that will lead to an unintended diet change is our overall health and our schedule.
If we get too busy to eat, it will obviously affect our diet in general. Skipping meals isn’t as simple as “making up for it later”, as a few of us try to do. For one thing, that meal is gone. But more importantly, eating twice as much, or even just a little more, at the next meal is detrimental to our health…and our waistline.
However, we may experience an intentional change in our diet. For example, in order to lose or gain weight. In order to achieve either one, it requires a change in our diet, right? Also, if you find out you have a food allergy, or simply just want to eat healthier or cut down on your grocery bill…it will change your dietary schedule and intake as well.
A healthy and well-balanced diet tends to be a great source of nutrients such as minerals and vitamins. But, it’s not always enough. It could be that our body doesn’t adequately absorb certain nutrients and could use a little help in making sure we get enough. Or, maybe we aren’t eating as healthy as we want to believe.
Then again, how many of us really eat a healthy and well-balanced diet on a consistent basis? I, for one, could use a little help from time to time. So, I have looked into dietary supplements and how they can benefit my health, as well as my family’s well-being.
A Word of Caution First
What I am about to share can apply to most people, to some degree. However, it’s always best to consult with your physician before taking any supplement, to make sure it’s compatible with your health and any medication you might be taking.
Not every “healthy” product is healthy for everyone. In other words, certain medications you take might be disrupted by certain supplements or other medications. Your doctor should be aware of any medication or supplement you take on a regular basis…before you start.
Now, let’s get to why it might be a good idea to look at your options for dietary supplements:
1. Increase Metabolism
And finally, the last reason for using dietary supplements to discuss is that they have the ability to increase metabolism. Can’t we all use a little more of that in our lives?
Our bodies need to properly break down proteins, carbs, and fats when we finish a meal. Sometimes it can do it just fine, but the body can use a little help in that area far more often than you might think. Because when breaking them down, we also have to absorb nutrients, which relies on the vitamin B.
So, it’s not just a matter of breaking food down, but also maintaining proper nutrients. A healthy balance of B vitamins work on preventing vitamin deficiency in whole, which can lead to painful joints, nerve damage, skin disorders, and anemia.
If you are not taking a multivitamin supplement, with a nice balance of B vitamins, then look for it in any dietary supplement you get for increasing metabolism, such as green tea or flax seed.
2. Help to Repair and Maintain Muscle and Tissue
Tissue and muscle maintenance, as well as repair is an important role that dietary supplements can provide. This is especially important if you are changing your physical routine for weight loss or body building.
Cells within our bodies produce protein on a continuous routine, which helps to repair and maintain our tissues. When this isn’t working properly, it can lead to certain diseases such as osteoporosis…a common occurrence while we age.
Certain dietary supplements fortified with vitamin D and calcium can help, as does a quality and natural whey protein powder, which can be found in most health food stores…and even your local grocery store now. Protein powders are often used to make shakes and ingested in that manner.
3. Help Ward off Certain Diseases
There are several essential nutrients that act as an antioxidant for our bodies. Antioxidants are nutrients, often found in foods, which can actually slow down or even prevent oxidative damage within our bodies. Naturally, cells in our body will utilize oxygen and produce by-products, or free radicals, which is what causes damage. Antioxidants work to prevent this from happening, slow the process down, or can even repair the damage considerably. Diseases such as macular degeneration, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes can all benefit from antioxidants.
Antioxidants can also improve our immune system, reducing the risk of common illness.
Some of the most common antioxidants include the following:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
So, if you are going to look for a multi-vitamin, look for one with the recommended dose of the above, and check with your doctor.
As you can see, dietary supplements can play a significant role in maintaining or even achieving optimum health. Just make sure to check with your physician to see what you should be taking, and also what you should avoid.
As an Internet marketer and freelance writer, Mark Harris often finds himself on the Internet, especially looking for new ideas for projects. He can usually spot an idea on most sites he visits. For example, while visiting www.biogirlhealth.com, he decided to write a series on dietary supplements. When Mark is not working, he enjoys spending time outside, kayaking, hiking, or walking the local beaches. Mark lives in White Rock, B.C. with his wife, and often tours Vancouver.