Why you should take a break from taking supplements

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Taking a vacation from daily vitamin and mineral pills is not something I advocate. They don’t lose their potency, and the body needs the micronutrients they provide regularly.

The reason for taking supplements in the first place is to protect against nutritional gaps in the diet and provide additional protection against rising harmful pressures from the environment. Your diet should, in theory, meet the majority of your dietary demands, and it can if it is the appropriate diet for you, one that is widely diversified and plentiful in fresh fruits and vegetables. That is, however, a significant “if.” Many crop kinds cultivated may not be the most nutritious, and the growth practices employed in their development (such as soil management and pesticides) may deplete nutrients. If you abuse substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, or caffeine, are under much stress or are unwell, your body may require more micronutrients and protective phytonutrients than your diet can provide. Because of these factors, taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement is the most effective approach to guarantee that you are getting all you require.

On the other hand, vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements will not compensate for an unhealthy, unbalanced diet deficient in fresh fruits and vegetables.

If you use herbal supplements regularly, consider that many of them will lose their efficacy if you use them too much or too often. Medicinal plants should be thought of as diluted versions of natural medicines rather than meals or dietary supplements. As a result, you should not take them on the spur of the moment or for no reason, any more than you would take prescription medicine on the spur of the moment or for no cause. Individual responses differ when using medical herbs; therefore, it’s better to go by your own experience and utilize only cures and brands that offer consistent and favorable results.

Tonic herbs, or adaptogens (traditional examples include ginseng and ashwagandha) that may assist maintain a normal healing system, and Asian mushrooms that promote immunological health are exceptions to the usual rule of autilizing medicinal herbs only when needed for a specific purpose. Give any tonic a fair chance by taking it regularly for at least two months. You’ll see immediate results with some, such as a greater sense of well-being and improved energy. Alternatively, you may discover that a tonic improves your reaction to both physical and mental stress and reduces your susceptibility to sickness over time.

M.D. Andrew Weil

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