Vitamins | Minerals | Herbs (Botanicals) | Tonics | Probiotics
What are Natural Treatments?
Natural treatments, often referred to as dietary supplements are often considered vital to enable our bodies to stay in peak physical condition as we may not always receive the correct amounts within our normal day to day meals.
What they are not is a substitute for food! Be aware that they are referred to as food supplements because they go with your normal day to day meals and should NEVER replace your main meals.
Natural treatments are also often considered to support your immune system from illness or heal cuts and wounds faster by supporting the body.
They are also known to work in combinations so that one vitamin or mineral may be required for another to be absorbed into the body and as such, it is a good idea to have advice on what will work for you.
What are the Recommendations?
The NHS (Find the link here) maintains that our food if we are eating a balanced diet, should help to support our bodies functions without the need for additional vitamins and minerals, but they do suggest taking extra in some cases may be beneficial in the short term.
It is vital that natural treatments are not taken for long periods of time unless directed by your doctor as taking some may cause permanent damage and even death.
This is no matter that should be taken lightly. Your body is a finely tuned organism and if you tamper with its biology too much there will be side effects that are hard to reverse.
Taking folic acid during pregnancy has long been suggested as a way to prevent neural tube defects in babies. But again this should be on the advice of your local doctor and not because you read an article on a website or in a magazine.
Your unborn child deserves every chance it can have at getting a good body but please be mindful of what you do to your body in that process.
In the general population, Vitamin D is recommended as a supplement in the UK in the darker months of the year as it is seen to bolster the immune system as well as mood. (Read more here)
There is plenty of advertisements surround vitamins and minerals. There are claims that one does something while another does something else.
Consider every option you can with the same responsibility as you would towards a loved one, only this time it is your body who is the loved one.
Visit a dietitian if need be to determine if your diet is balanced, or visit a doctor if you are unwell.
Picking up the odd vitamin off the supermarket shelf can seem like a quick fix but you may be doing no more than wasting money or at worst harming your own body.
There are practitioners who have specifically studied how natural treatments affect the body and their knowledge should be sought out first before making decisions that ultimately might be life-altering.