Which Supplements Are Worth Keeping

There are numerous supplements that can benefit your health. Some of those supplements include;

 Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a nutrient your body needs to absorb the right amounts of calcium and phosphorus. With better calcium and phosphorus absorption, your bones gain density. This can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. If accessing foods high in vitamin D or soaking your skin under the sun for a few minutes daily is challenging, I advise you to keep vitamin D supplements.

Fish Oil

Fish oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for your body cells, nervous system function and immune function. If you think you are not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids from foods, including fish, walnuts and flaxseeds, I suggest you add fish oil to your healthy diet.

Which Supplements Are Worth Ditching?

Some supplements are not good news for your health. Some of those supplements include;

Vitamin K

Steer clear of vitamin K if you are taking blood thinners. These supplements are known for their ability to interact with blood thinners, making them less effective. When blood thinners are less effective, you become more susceptible to blood clots.

St. John’s wort

St. John’s wort is not safe for you, especially if you are taking medications for mood disorders. This supplement can interact with antidepressants, increasing the production of a feel-good chemical called serotonin. While this might sound good news, excess serotonin can cause high blood pressure, tremors, restlessness, excessive sweating, muscle rigidity and muscle spasms.

When Supplements Are Needed

Supplements are needed when your body does not absorb enough nutrients from foods or when there is a lack of a certain nutrient in the body (think; vitamin D, iron or Vitamin B12).

Where to Find High-Quality Ones

If you want to integrate supplements into your diet, I advise you to talk to your doctor or physician first. They will advise you on how to fix it in your diet and where to find quality supplements.

Ieva Kubiliute

Ieva Kubiliute is a psychologist and a sex and relationships advisor and a freelance writer. She's also a consultant to several health and wellness brands. While Ieva specialises in covering wellness topics ranging from fitness and nutrition, to mental wellbeing, sex and relationships and health conditions, she has written across a diverse range of lifestyle topics, including beauty and travel. Career highlights so far include: luxury spa-hopping in Spain and joining an £18k-a-year London gym. Someone’s got to do it! When she’s not typing away at her desk—or interviewing experts and case studies, Ieva winds down with yoga, a good movie and great skincare (affordable of course, there’s little she doesn’t know about budget beauty). Things that bring her endless joy: digital detoxes, oat milk lattes and long country walks (and sometimes jogs).

Nutritionist, Cornell University, MS

I believe that nutrition science is a wonderful helper both for the preventive improvement of health and adjunctive therapy in treatment. My goal is to help people improve their health and well-being without torturing themselves with unnecessary dietary restrictions. I am a supporter of a healthy lifestyle – I play sports, cycle, and swim in the lake all year round. With my work, I have been featured in Vice, Country Living, Harrods magazine, Daily Telegraph, Grazia, Women's Health, and other media outlets.

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MS, University of Latvia

I am deeply convinced that each patient needs a unique, individual approach. Therefore, I use different psychotherapy methods in my work. During my studies, I discovered an in-depth interest in people as a whole and the belief in the inseparability of mind and body, and the importance of emotional health in physical health. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (a big fan of thrillers) and going on hikes.

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