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Monday, June 09, 2008

Supplementing Facts

Although it may not seem so, supplements and vitamins are actually a form of medication. As the word already indicates, they are to supplement the deficiency that may have occurred, or strengthen the immune system to fight diseases. They also can give the body what it needs, to keep functioning and remain healthy.

Most vitamins and supplements are being taken in on a daily basis. With a healthy diet, the likely hood of a shortage of vitamins and supplements are slim to none. However, in our current lifestyle, time is sparse and "fast-food" is a quick and easy way out. Yup, that last goes for the so needed vitamins as well, haha.

In case you do need to supplement, keep this in mind:

"What are dietary supplements?
Dietary supplements, including plant- and animal-derived products, are not classified as or considered to be drugs, but that doesn't mean they can'’t act like them. To be classified as a dietary supplement, a product must be taken by mouth and contain a "dietary ingredient"-that is, a substance intended to be taken in addition to, not instead of, consuming healthy foods. Overall, dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids and any part of those substances, such as extracts or concentrates.

Why do I need to talk to my doctor about the supplements I take or want to take?

Plants produce chemicals just as people and animals do. Those chemicals, although from a source found in nature, can have effects in the body that range from mild to potent, just like chemicals produced in a laboratory. Because supplements are, in fact, chemicals, they have the potential to interact with the chemicals in man made medications. That's why you need to get the go-ahead from your doctor about supplements - not just once, but each and every time you consider trying one.

How are dietary supplements different from medication?
When you go to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, you have three layers of protection between you and the product. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed and approved it, your doctor has considered your history and prescribed it, and your pharmacist alerts you to possible interactions with other medications you're taking. Even with an over-the-counter medication, there's the FDA layer of protection, and your pharmacist is accessible to answer questions. But with a dietary supplement, there are no protective layers between your hand and the product on the shelf.

~Arthritis Foundation."

Having to add what you lost, should tell you that something is wrong. Instead of constantly dealing with the consequences and supplementing to make up for it, it is better to attack the problem. Diet and exercise can improve both your health and your overall life.

The same goes for the inner-man. The Bible is a healthy diet (food for thought you can never get enough of and munch on all day) and exercising God's Word will improve your spiritual health and save your life. No supplements needed, ever. :-)

Psalm 119:50
This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.


Anonymous amy said...

Corry, good article. I appreciate your sharing this information with us.
Thank you, also, for praying for Clay. The results came back negative and he is fine. Praise the Lord.

June 12, 2008 12:12 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

My pleasure!:-) I hope it helps.

We are so thankful for such a good report on Clay. May God continue to bless y'all!


God's Grace.

June 12, 2008 2:09 PM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Lieve Zus Corry!!!

I missed you.
Thank you so much for the email =)


June 14, 2008 3:34 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Of course you missed me, how could you not???! hahaha.

Nah, just getting concerned about you and wanted to check in to see if you were allright. :-)

((((HUGS)))) Lieve Zus.

God's Grace.

June 16, 2008 6:40 AM  

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