The demands of our lives in the current times make it difficult to get all the vital nutrients we need for a whole fully functional body. Microwaved food, canned meals, take away food, junk food all contribute to the complexities in our quest to get the much-needed nutrition. Furthermore, as the body ages with it also comes a decrease in the system’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. That said there is a need to supplement the body’s requirement for nutrients by using supplements or multivitamins.
Supplements vary in complexities from a single nutrient to multi-nutrient in its composition and can be used for different uses. Based on age, gender, general health there are different options available to meet one’s needs. A good place to start when determining your supplemental needs is to review your medical history and state of health with your doctor. The most common recommendation is to take a multi-nutrient supplement. The pros of this approach is that it reduces the potential of taking more than the body needs.
There are a number of multi-nutrient supplements available in the market that are of good quality and meets the body’s needs. In addition to these, there are other supplements specific to men, women, teenagers, those with an active lifestyle, of those above 50 years of age among others. Single-nutrient supplements such as calcium, magnesium, vitamins A, C, D, E, B complex, selenium among others. These are purposely formulated to address specific deficiencies in the body. However, one must exercise caution when taking these supplements as they have a higher content of a single nutrient and may trigger undesired health effects or interact with the routine medication. It is important to understand the desired/anticipated health benefits when taking supplements be it a single formulation or multi-nutrient/multivitamin formulations.
Overall there are well-documented health benefits attributed to the responsible use of supplements. Unfortunately, with this added benefit there is the risk of abuse and overdosing on supplements negating the benefit they offer in the first place. Always consult your health care provider to find out if your body needs any dietary supplements before making any purchase decision.
Today March 10th 2016 is #WorldKidneyDay, a global health awareness campaign that seeks to engage the world’s populations about the significance of taking good care of their kidneys in order to reverse the trend of kidney diseases and related health problems.
This day was first celebrated in 2006 with the intention of raising awareness about preventable yet treatable kidney disorders and is the result of the inventiveness of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). The theme this year is “Kidney Disease & Children- Act early to prevent it!” and the global campaign’s “Move Your Feet 4 World Kidney Day” central message is to encourage all persons worldwide to remain active maintaining a daily minimum physical activity level in order to maintain good kidney health. It advocates observance of 8-golden rules to keep our kidneys healthy.
I had to take the kidney quiz in order to understand and appreciate the work that these twin fist-size, bean shape organs do in my body and what I needed to do to have them fully operational for a lifetime. The kidney disease check also provides an analysis of an individual’s riskiness of developing kidney disease.
Being a firm believer in preventive health and the fact that kidney disease is a slow silent killer that shows no symptoms until it is in its final stages, I appeal to you to take personal responsibility in getting your kidney function tests done annually to facilitate early detection or confirm the soundness of your kidneys. The timely discovery of a kidney disorder can result in either stoppage or slow advancement of kidney disease. As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure.