The “Why” and “What” of Vitamins, Supplements and Diet


Vitamin D. Calcium. Magnesium. Zinc. These are just some of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to make us feel good. But, why do we need them? And which ones give us the best results? With all the information out there about vitamins, supplements and healthy living, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s best.

People use them for different reasons

First, it’s important to understand why there is such an interest in using supplements, vitamins, healthy diets and even lifestyle changes on the road to wellness.

Some people are looking to alternative ideas for better health care. Some want to stop the cycle of simply treating symptoms with prescription medications and start looking for the underlying cause of their health issues. Others may want to be more involved in their health and wellbeing.

Whatever the catalyst may be, medical professionals are now more open to talking with patients about using diet, vitamins and supplements to treat or prevent health issues. But, it’s important to understand that not all products are alike.

Quality counts

The quality of your supplement or vitamin is critical to its efficacy. While some retailers, big box stores and internet suppliers may have products at lower cost, it’s important to remember the old adage of “you get what you pay for.” Some brands will cut corners and absorption can be a factor with lower quality products. This means you may not get the full nutritional value of your vitamin or supplement.

When you go through a medical provider, you know that the brand or maker has been vetted and that you will likely get a better quality product and therefore better results. A pure version of the vitamin or supplement means that your tissues can absorb the nutrients more readily.

What do you need?

The biggest indicator for supplements, vitamins and a better diet is found when you work with your health practitioner to figure out just what you’re trying to accomplish. The goal should be to get you healthy, feeling better and eventually not have the need for supplements and even some medications.

Stress, not eating properly, autoimmune and hormonal issues, as well as joint and muscle problems are just a few of the reasons your physician may recommend supplements and vitamins. The most common needs for patients include vitamin D, calcium, different B vitamins, protein, magnesium and zinc. Health professionals can utilize these extras, as well as lifestyle and diet changes, to help you feel better and stay healthier.

Eat better, too

The final piece to the puzzle includes lifestyle changes. Eating more vegetables, being more mindful of what you’re eating, exercise, watching your weight, and even getting the right amount of sleep can help you be healthier and feel better.

Connect the dots

A good practitioner will do a thorough examination so that you don’t have to take supplements or vitamins that are not needed. By connecting the dots, you and your healthcare provider can find the right solution for you. Some people even find that they can step away from prescription medicines as the treatment evolves.

Jason Jacobs

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