There are many things you can do to improve your overall health and well-being including exercise, stress reduction, doing more of the things you enjoy and eating better. The latter is one of the most important things and it’s most definitely true that you are what you eat. If you eat well, you feel well. If you eat poorly, you don’t feel well. The problem these days is it’s getting harder and harder to eat well and there are many reasons for this. In the past, we grew our own foods and ate things that have any additives. Today, we are too busy to grow our own foods so we buy a product that is full of pesticides and foods that have preservatives, loads of sugar and salt, toxic food coloring and a lack of vitamins and nutrients. This is why supplements are important in the modern diet.
Supplements come in two forms. They can either be supplements that come in a bottle alone or additions to everyday foods. Bottled supplements come in capsule, powder and liquid form. Vitamins, minerals and herbal concoctions such as Echinacea and Ginseng are all supplements. Some people take these supplements for the added nutritional value that they don’t get from their regular diet while others take them for a specific health issue. A blood test can tell you whether or not you are deficient in any vitamins and minerals and you can use that information to make the right choice when choosing the right supplements for your dietary needs. Some people need more or less of a supplement than others so it’s important to read labels. The labels also have warnings and suggestive use information to help you take the supplements in a safe manner.
Supplements are also added to many foods such as yogurt, milk, packaged goods, and even bread. A product that has added supplements will be labeled as such and the amounts are also included on the label. These foods and supplements are available at all grocery stores. The bottled supplements are generally found in the pharmacy or health food section while supplemented foods can be found anywhere in the store. Drug stores, health food stores and even some department stores both supplemented foods and bottled supplements.
Generally, supplemented foods cost around the same as un-supplemented foods. Bottled supplements range greatly in price depending on how much is in the bottle, the form it comes in, what it contains and the brand. There are specialized supplements that are geared towards special dietary needs such as diabetics, iron-deficient, and celiac. Some supplements are marketed more towards women while others are marketed to men while some are best for children who require less of any vitamin or mineral.