Changing your lifestyle
usually means changing your diet and getting active. But many
individuals also add an array of supplements such as MSM to their
healthy lifestyle. Of course, with this healthy lifestyle, you want
to insure you are not doing more harm than good. Supplement safety
is an important topic not often talked about for a variety of
reasons. Whether someone wants to believe that manufacturers develop
and produce safe products or someone just doesn’t understand safety
issues, supplement health helps insure your own health.
Lifestyle health starts with
knowledge. If you are taking any type of supplement from Vitamin C
to MSM, you will discover that not all products are the same. Just
because someone slaps a MSM label on a bottle does not make it high
quality MSM. You need to know what to look for and how to keep you
and your loved ones safe while trying to live a healthy lifestyle.
Here are a few tips when it
comes to insuring the safety of your supplements…
Expiration Dates – Most
supplements do have an expiration date. Check the bottle for an
expiration date, and do take time to replace your supplements when
the expiration date has passed. Expired supplements lose their
effectiveness and can lead to dangerous side effects.
Potency – Not all
supplements are packaged the same. There is a difference in
potencies and types of supplement forms. For instance, extract,
pure, and powdered are all going to have a different degree of the
supplement you want. Knowing the potency will help insure you do not
take too much or too little of a supplement.
Origin – Supplements
manufactured within the United States with products from the United
States are significantly higher in quality. Only products
manufactured within the United States are going to have all of the
ingredients clearly marked on the label. Many countries do not have
requirements labeling ingredients leaving you to ingest additives,
fillers, and low grade ingredients. Some of those can be hazardous
to your health.
Dosage – Just because two
supplements look like does not make them alike. In addition, you
should do your homework to insure that the dosage is correct. Labels
are not always correct, and sometimes, a dosage on the label is not
sufficient. You should check your resources to guarantee you are
getting the dosage of the supplement you need.
Regularly – Just as with
medication, you will find some supplements need to be taken
regularly and on time for maximum benefits. To reach maximum
efficiency, you need to take your supplement as recommended and on a
regular basis. Many supplements are fat soluble and some are water
soluble. One will be eliminated from your system within a few hours
and some will be stored in your fat meaning you get a consistent
dosage even if you miss a dose or two.
As you start or live your
healthy lifestyle, you will discover that you need to take a careful
look at your supplements. You are your own best friend when it comes
to insuring the safety and efficiency of your supplements.