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Supplements and Your Health

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Supplements provide excellent opportunities to fill in the gaps of the nutrition that you may be missing on a daily basis.

While it is best to get nutrients from their original sources, this is often not a practical goal for many people to do on a daily basis. This is where supplements come into play.

For things like Vitamin D, the environment here in Minnesota can make getting enough of this vitamin difficult year-round.

Missing the summer sun

Only 6 out of 52 weeks of the year does Minnesota actually receive enough sun to meet the recommended Vitamin D needs of patients. Because of this Vitamin D is a very popular supplement to take in the winter.

Cleaveland Clinic reports 5 common signs of Vitamin D deficiency including mood changes, bone loss, muscle cramps, bone/joint pain, and fatigue. While it is easy to confuse these signs with many other possible causes, keep these in mind in case you do not believe you are getting enough sun.

The benefits of fish oil

Fish oils have been recognized as a solution to fill in the missing omega-3 fatty acids that your body is not able to produce itself. While there are good food sources for omega-3 fatty acids including flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds, many patients find a supplement to be an easier replacement.

Overuse of fish oils can be even worse than not taking them at all. Because of this, it is important to consult with a provider to ensure you are taking the right amount for your health.

Be picky with your supplements

Glucose supplements are among the most popular on the market today. However, with so many available, each with their own claims, there is minimal FDA regulation – even among those that are “FDA approved.”

Not all supplements are created equal, particularly in the case of the many available glucose supplements. To learn more about the rules around supplements, take a look at the FDA website or speak to an Integracare provider.

Get professional advice

In an article with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Craig Hopp, a researcher for NIH, explained: “You should discuss with your doctor what supplements you’re taking so your care can be integrated and managed.”

It is important to receive professional advice when taking supplements so that you ensure you are taking supplements that will work for you as well as the right dosage.

You have likely seen the supplements for sale at our clinic before, just to the side of our front desk. By purchasing supplements at Williams Integracare you are able to receive a professional consultation so you ensure you are getting only the supplements you actually need.