Many people take supplements that harm them. They, and their doctors, can be blissfully unaware of the problems that are associated with most of them. You need to get the supplements right to benefit from them. Supplements often accompany a weight loss programme, as food replacers. This is more harmful still. The better option is to adopt a plan of healthy eating for weight loss that doesn’t need much supplementing.
People feel that supplements are healthy. Some of them can be, but sadly most of them are the exact opposite. In other words they harm you. The reality is that there is no substitute for eating in a healthy way. Healthy food, REALLY healthy food, will supply nearly all of your nutritional requirements.
Few people eat healthy food. The diet of most people is far from healthy – from eating the wrong foods, to combining the wrong foods, to eating the wrong way, to listening to outsiders instead of their inner selves.
Once you understand the role that different foods play, then you can arm yourself with all the right foods that will nourish your body. Then you only need to take a few basic supplements.
Let’s look at some of the supplements that people take regularly, especially athletes, and then list the problems associated with them.
This is a highly concentrated mimic of Mother Nature. You can easily overdose on it and the effects are cumulative. Some of the side effects are heart related problems, fatigue, organ malfunction, hypertension and abnormal growth. It promotes weight gain and disrupts your hormonal level.
Folic acid is the synthetic imitation of folate, which is found in healthy food. Folate is an important nutrient essential to good health. Folic acid is risky. Some studies show it increases the risk of colon cancer. Others link it to the increase in lung and prostate cancers.
Calcium supplements are not well absorbed by the body. However, they can make the blood high in calcium, without increasing the calcium in bones and teeth. In fact many prescription calcium supplements have the opposite effect, they cause bone fracture from calcium loss. It is easy to overdose on this synthetic supplement.
Natural, or food based, vitamin E is known to have antioxidant properties. The synthetic version has the opposite effect – it has pro-oxidant properties.
Mother nature does not isolate nutrients. Each nutrient depends on others for their digestion and utilisation. You can discover the healthiest foods to eat in Healthy Eating For Weight Loss. And here is one of the most nutrient dense and easily digested and absorbed supplements there is.