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How do I know the correct
A friend had a bad allergic reaction and was
put on drugs. And of course there were some side
effects. I told her that I thought it would be better
to take a natural substance to deal with the
inflammation. She told me that with all the different
vitamins being promoted, she did not know what to
take, or how to take it.
That was a different viewpoint. It
seemed that it is much easier to just tell the doctor
what is wrong and he would give you a drug to help you
manage the problem and will tell you exactly how to
Now, Iím on the side of fixing the
problem, not just managing the symptoms The McVitaminís website always looks to
educate people about their health; what they can do to
improve their condition and to build health.
But, one thing seems to be missing. If
you buy a supplement, how do you know how much to
I know that often someone who is used
to taking drugs is afraid of taking too much. This is
the right thing to do with drugs and you talk to your
pharmacist or medical doctor about much and how to take it.
However, what about the Supplements?
Now a good brand of whole food
vitamins will also have a contact page so you can ask
about the dosage if there is any question. They will
also usually give you that information when you
purchase the product.
What about when you find a vitamin or
herb that you buy off the shelf? How much can you
Herbs you need to be more careful as
you can take too much and you can have a bad reaction
to an herb. That is why it is much smarter to take one
herb at a time, not a number of herbs taken together
in one formula. If you have a bad reaction to what you
were taking, you wonít know which herb was creating
the problem. When you take one at a time, you know
which not to take. An herb bottle or company should tell you how much to
take. This is especially important with herbs as there
are so many qualities of herbal extracts, etc. Make
sure you ask.
Herbs & Medications
If you ever have a question about
taking an herb with a medication or another supplement, you
should talk to your pharmacist; they have a database
where they can check. People have more than one doctor
and each can prescribe a different drug or drugs for
their specialized field, so pharmacists need to have a
database to make sure that you arenít taking things
together that you shouldnít.
Vitamins (whole food vitamins)
We are talking here about vitamins made from food, not made artificially in the laboratory trying to mimic food.
Whole food vitamins are really food, so it
isnít going to hurt you. There are forty nutrients
that cannot be made in the body. They are essential
fatty acids, 15 vitamins, 14 minerals, and 10 amino
acids. You take these to handle any
deficiency so the body can be healthy or is able to build health.
So what do you do if you know that you
should be taking a specific vitamin but donít know
how much to take and there are no instructions?
At a reputable healthy food store, you
can ask someone who works there.
Or look at the label, the company has to give you a dosage and often it is a very
low dose. But it is a baseline. Take that for 3 days
if you donít get a positive change, you might
increase it slightly and take it for another 3 days.
When you get a positive change you know that is what
your body needs.
Once you are doing well, you may not
have to take as much, but you want to improve your
health by taking what you need. You should take a
supplement that is addressing a condition for
approximately 1 month for every year youíve had the
If you have questions and arenít
sure what your body needs, you can always find a
nutritionist (not a dietician) who is able to test you
and even test to see which supplement will work best
You can find a Nutritionist
in your area here.
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