Rule #1 Research
I cannot stress this enough, you must do your due diligence. Always research what you put into your body.
Ask the right questions, do I need this? Have I been diagnosed with a condition by a medical professional? Will this help this condition?
What are the side effects? Are there any contraindications with medications I may already be taking? Could this hurt me in any way?
Is the quality there? Only take high quality supplements making sure they have a consistent amount of the active ingredient.
Rule #2 Never buy on impulse.
This one explains itself. As a mater of fact you should follow rule #1 before you even head to the store.
Rule #3 Learn what to look for.
GMP – this stands for Good Manufacturing Practices. This is one of many labels to search out.
NON GMO is another very important one. Remember you get what you pay for so check expiry dates and know that if it’s on sale there is probably a reason so ask why. Not all sales are bad especially if purchasing from a highly reputable supplement shop. Look at the label, the back of the label. Check ingredients and dosage.
If buying online you need to be extremely careful of quality control. Where does the company source the ingredients from, you can email the company directly.
Rule #4 How does it work?
How will it effect me, how does it work? What is it supposed to do? Remember you want to get the desired results but you need to know what that result is.
If you know you are feeling blue and your Dr tells you that you are not getting enough Vitamin D well then it’s an obvious trip to the store right? Not so fast. There is a difference between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3, and what about the liquid vs the capsule? You see this is where rule #1 comes in to play. Do you have digestive issues making it harder to absorb the vitamin D? What are your K2 levels at because without those you could risk Vitamin D toxicity (you can see now why I say seek out an expert)
#5 Consult an expert.
Here is where it gets a little tricky. Who exactly ARE the experts? Do you see a certified health coach? A Naturopath? A Chinese medicine doctor or your GP? Considering your general practitioner has about 26 hours total on supplements depending on where their training was received, I would suggest you go for more than that option alone. While more and more physicians are becoming educated with regards to supplements there are still many who just don’t get it. Talk to your dietician, nutritionist or health coach. Ask your alternative therapist whether it be naturopath or other similarly qualified professional. These tend to be the ones who know which dose is correct and not to high/low.
I’ve seen many of my clients on much too high a dose (or too low to be effective) recommended by their family physician. They believed the supplement to be to blame when the reality is that it was the dosage. Correct dosage is key. Too much can be dangerous, to little ineffective and mixing the wrong ones could make you sick, or worse.
If it isn’t making you feel better then it isn’t working,but you also need to give it time to work, remember this can take a few weeks.