Are you a supplement junkie?

Take a look in your medi­cine cab­in­et.

How many bottles do you have in there for ran­dom vit­am­ins that are sup­posed to make you bet­ter?

The vitamin clutter quiz

  1. What does each of them do?
  2. What do they do for your body?
  3. How often do you take them?
  4. Do you feel bet­ter or worse when you take them or stop tak­ing them?

Congratulations!

You have become aware of what you are doing and wheth­er or not it is work­ing.

The real reasons you should be taking supplements

  1. To cor­rect a defi­ciency of a vit­am­in or nutri­ent that is not gen­er­ally found in your diet, and/​or that your body does not eas­ily retain when you are eat­ing a diet full of this nutri­ent (i.e. iron for men­stru­ation when you have very heavy peri­ods, and you eat little-no meat)
  2. To sup­port a med­ic­al con­di­tion that is known to bene­fit from tak­ing this vit­am­in
    • Example #1: Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is very bene­fi­cial when you are tak­ing a stat­in because stat­ins deplete Coenzyme Q10
    • Example #2: Vitamin D for most autoim­mune con­di­tions

That’s pretty much it people.

Oh and here’s the kick­er. If you’re tak­ing more than 2 – 3 things daily that you haven’t been recom­men­ded spe­cific­ally for a cer­tain con­di­tion and for a spe­cified peri­od of time, you’re doing it wrong.

You have become a sup­ple­ment junkie.

Questions to ask yourself before you start taking something

  1. What do I expect to hap­pen when I start tak­ing this sup­port?
  2. What is the timeline that I expect that out­come to occur?
  3. Do my expect­a­tions match a real­ist­ic timeline?
  4. Do I actu­ally know how to assess this prop­erly?

If you can’t answer the above four ques­tions, you prob­ably don’t know why you’re tak­ing them.

I’ve seen it a lot — the “magic pill” prom­ises to be the easy way, but often, we have asked the wrong ques­tions. We know how we want to feel, but the pill may not be the answer.

There are times that sup­ple­ments are sup­port­ive. There are times that money would be bet­ter left where it is — in your bank account.

Ask for help, and get edu­cated!

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