Over the last few years, people have become more health-conscious, and more and more people have started taking vitamins. A number of both adults and children in the United States take one or more vitamins or supplements.
The reasons for taking supplements vary. These can include boosting immunity, better heart health, weight loss, and massive exercise gains. Supplements are readily available in a wide range of forms, including tablets, capsules, powders, gummies, and even drinks and energy bars. In fact, supplements come in so many shapes, forms, and sizes that they can get confusing. Let’s take a look at supplements and what you need to know.
Check the Label
Supplements come with labeling that lists all active ingredients used in their composition. These labels also include the amount per serving (dosage) and other items such as fillers or flavorings. The serving size on the label is a suggested size. It’s always important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any supplement.
Safety and Risk
It’s always a great idea to pay close attention to the ingredient list of any supplement you plan on taking. Supplements often contain active ingredients that can cause strong effects on the body. Always be alert to the potential for a bad reaction, particularly as you introduce the supplement to your regimen for the first time.
Also, you may see side effects if you take high doses of a supplement or take different supplements simultaneously. Once again, be certain to consult with a healthcare provider who is well versed in monitoring dosages and combinations of supplements.
No One Size Fits All Solution
You need to consider why you want supplements and what your end game is. What are your overall fitness and health goals? After you have determined your needs, then you can narrow down your options for which supplements will help you achieve your goals. Remember, that just because something works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for you. Bear in mind that you may need to increase or decrease dosages to match your age and weight. Listen to your body; it will tell and show you what is or is not working.
Consult a healthcare professional
We have mentioned it a few times already, but it is worth repeating. Before adding any supplements to your daily regimen, always consult your healthcare provider. They will be familiar with proper dosages and will also help if you have any adverse reactions to a specific supplement. They will also have a record of any other supplements you are taking and can determine if there will be any interaction issues.
Whether you are looking for supplements for men or women, or to help with liver, kidney, or heart health, or you need some stimulant-based pre-workout powders, we have a full supplement line to suit your individual needs. Check out our complete line of supplements at House of Gains.