5 Common Questions About Supplements

5 Common Questions About Supplements

Ah, the good old days when drug commercials weren't on repeat – those were simpler times, weren't they? Nowadays you can’t turn on the TV or radio without some new drug being announced (and all the side effects that go along with it).

But now, it's the era of supplements and supporting our bodies in the best way possible, and we've got answers to your burning questions. 

As a doctor and provider of high quality supplements, there’s a few questions I’ve heard over the years. Let’s cover some of those below:

Will Supplements Damage Kidneys?

Picture your kidneys as your body's filter squad, and supplements are the guests at the party. Most supplements are well-behaved, but like any party, it's all about moderation. Too much of certain ones, like calcium, can stress out your kidneys. Sip on this: chat with your healthcare VIP before adding new supplements to your guest list.

Will Supplements Damage Liver?

Your liver, your body's detox superstar, can handle a lot, but it has its limits. Some supplements, when overdone or mixed with medications, can turn your liver's day sour. Keep things sweet by sticking to recommended doses and having a chat with your healthcare pro.

Will Supplements Break a Fast?

Most vitamins and minerals work well with fasting, but watch out for those calorie-packed supplements like meal replacements or supplements that are fat soluble as they require a fatty oil or something similar in order to have maximum absorption (Vitamin D is a prime example). In general, supplements are a good way to make sure you’re getting necessary nutrients into your body while fasting, but always check the label and, if you're uncertain, consult with a nutrition expert.

Which Supplements Normalize Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure can be a real party pooper. But guess what? Magnesium, potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, and Coenzyme Q10 are some of your wingmen to help you stay cool and collected. Just remember, they're the backup dancers; a healthy lifestyle is the star of the show. But as always, consult with your healthcare practitioner to monitor high blood pressure. 

Which Supplements Help You Lose Weight?

Losing weight can be tricky, but some of our favorite supplements that can help support a balanced diet and lifestyle include: green tea extract, green coffee bean extract, polyphenolic extracts found in my Metabolism Activator, and fiber supplements. Another great one is berberine, which we’ll cover in the next question.

Which Supplements Lower Blood Sugar?

When it comes to taming your blood sugar, berberine takes the spotlight! But it's not a one-act show. Cinnamon, chromium, and alpha-lipoic acid are also on the bill. They can help keep your blood sugar levels in harmony. 

Don’t Forget To Support The Full System

Now, let's rewind a bit to the beginning of this blog. At the start, I’d mentioned how drug ads are literally every other commercial you see. They’re everywhere. And, as a result, we’re seeing an increase in drug dependency and a decrease in the effectiveness in many medications because of overdosing.

So when it comes to ensuring our supplements are working optimally, it's crucial to ensure that you're not only supporting your diet and lifestyle for better health but also potentially reducing the need for medications in the process.

Don’t get me wrong here, there are many life-saving medications out there, but there’s also many over-the-counter medications that can be avoided or even eliminated from our every day life (I’m looking at you headaches and allergies - a conversation for another day).

If you're curious about this overload of drug advertisements and the seemingly neverending list of new medications, check out "The Truth About Drug Companies." It's like a backstage pass to the industry's evolution. 

And here's a bonus nugget: Sometimes, your body just needs a little TLC. Chiropractic care, for example, can help your body find its groove. It's not about miracle cures but about getting your brain and spine on the same wavelength. So, when your body gives you a little "hey, something's off" signal, listen up. Healing might be the name of the game, not just medicating.

Please note that this blog post is not intended to provide medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before taking any supplements or changing your diet and health routines.