Should I Be Taking Supplements?

While dietary supplements shouldn’t be a substitute for a healthy nutrition plan, the right supplements can complement and enhance your overall well-being. But, should you even be taking supplements, and if so, how do you know which ones are right for your individual needs?

The experienced team of physicians at Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness in Cross Roads, Texas, have been helping men and women achieve their own personal dietary and hormonal balance for more than 15 years. If you’re thinking about supplements, but aren’t sure where to begin, here are some guidelines to get you off on the right foot.

What are dietary supplements?

Dietary supplements have a variety of benefits. You can take them to add important nutrients to your diet, or to lower your risk of health problems, like osteoporosis. You might take dietary supplements to get more fiber in your diet or to boost your vitamin C intake when you feel a cold coming on. Supplements typically include any of the following, or some combination thereof:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Herbs
  • Amino acids
  • Enzymes
  • Fiber

Multivitamins are supplements that contain a combination of 10 or more vitamins and minerals.

All supplements are not created equal

The right high-quality supplements can be beneficial to your overall health and wellness, but the biggest issue with supplements is that they’re not regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that if you buy supplements off the shelf at your local grocery store or supercenter, you can’t be sure of their effectiveness or the quality or quantities of their ingredients.

That’s why, here at Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness, we take the guesswork out of choosing supplements and only offer the safest, highest quality supplements for individual health needs. We recommend Ortho Molecular Products®. You can only purchase Ortho Molecular Products through licensed health care professionals, to ensure you’re getting the highest quality and safest ingredients.

We also offer i-Throid® by RLC® Labs as a supplement to thyroid medications, and Iodoral® by Optimox® iodine and potassium supplements to support healthy thyroid function. And if hair loss is a problem for you, we offer Viviscal™ Professional to reduce thinning hair and promote hair growth.

Which supplements best support my health?

It’s hard to know which types of supplements will best support your health, which is why the team of physicians at Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness thoroughly evaluate your health and recommend supplements to best help help balance your hormones, provide added nutrients, or give whatever other support you need to achieve your best health and wellness. Your doctor may recommend supplements to help:

  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Endocrine system
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Immune system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Women’s health
  • Men’s health

It’s also important to talk to your doctor about any medications you’re currently taking so they can make sure the supplements do not adversely interact with them. That’s yet another reason you don’t want to grab supplements off the shelf! You could be putting yourself in danger without even realizing it.

When you might benefit from supplements

Many adults can benefit from taking supplements, but it’s important to know which ones will meet your individual needs, conditions, and other health concerns. Your doctor at Cross Roads Hormonal Health & Wellness can determine if you need supplements for any of the following conditions:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Low energy levels
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Inflammation
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Obesity

They create a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your best health. A specific combination of supplements geared to your needs may be part of your overall wellness plan.

If you’re wondering how you may benefit from adding dietary supplements to your life, call our friendly, knowledgeable office staff to set up an appointment, today.

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