Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Exercising caution with supplements

I personally find it upsetting to hear doctors, advertising claims and information online or printed making blanket recommendations to all. There are many intelligent individuals taking action on this type of advice who are hurting not helping their health.

One widely touted piece of advice is to take a baby aspirin daily for heart health. My elderly dad did this several years ago and showed me how his skin was turning purple - in fact bruising because the aspirin was thinning his blood and causing this to happen. When I told him to stop taking the baby aspirin, the bruising stopped.

Another advertised claim for a bone drug, mentions that all women need calcium supplementation. Thankfully, I didn't listen to this advice. About 80 percent of U.S. adults are currently Vitamin D deficient which may result in elevated calcium levels in the blood not absorbed into cells properly. Supplementation can easily cause havok and calcium deposits on the skin as the body tries to lower blood calcium levels.

It is a well know fact that there are toxicity symptoms associated with some Vitamins and Minerals however to sell more, the manufacturers focus on those that are deficient and rarely discuss issues of excessive doses. Excess doses of nutritients have sent several of my well intended friends to the hospital.

It is important for all of us to determine if we are deficient and to supplement accordingly first with food (if possible since many foods are nutrient deficient due to depleted soil, etc.) and then with supplements. Most nutrient levels can be tested for.

It's wise to exercise reasonable caution in this arena to stay safe and healthy.

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