Introducing Herbal Supplements To Your Diet: Everything You Need To Know

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As a general rule, if you have a consistent, healthy diet and are generally well, you don’t need to avail of herbal supplements (although they can still be highly beneficial). Supplements are useful for supporting the body when it’s fighting a chronic disease; this is when you might require a bit of extra help. Herbal supplements contain vitamins and minerals we might be lacking in our regular diet. They come in many forms, but the most common is usually a tablet. They can be purchased from any decent health food store, or bought online from specialist outlets. If you’re thinking of introducing herbal supplements to your diet, here’s all you need to know.

Whether you’re taking supplements to combat a specific condition or just to stay generally healthy, the best first step is to consider what you might be lacking in your current diet. It’s very hard to keep every nutritional requirement balanced – almost everybody is lacking in one thing or another. But for those who are chronically ill, that one thing could be a very important piece of the overall puzzle. To figure out what you could be lacking, one good method is to keep a food diary – a tool that keeps track of what you eat in a standard week. A food diary will give you an overview of what you’re putting into your body, and can provide some answers about which herbal supplements might be beneficial to you.

 

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Figuring out what vitamins your body might be lacking is made easier by keeping a food diary.

 

The results of this little experiment might surprise you. But of course, unless you’re extremely diligent when it comes to nutrition, chances are you won’t know exactly what the results of your diary say about your diet. So once you have the information to hand, it might be best to consult a specialist. They will be able to tell exactly what state your nutrition is in, and can guide you in terms of the specific elements you might be missing. While it’s not mandatory to consult with a specialist before embarking on your supplement journey, it is important that you talk to your doctor. Herbal supplements can sometimes work against specific medicines or dampen the effects of others. Your doctor will have a clear picture of your overall health, and is in a good position to advise on whether supplements are the right call for you. In most cases, herbal supplements will be just fine for you. There’s very little danger when it comes to herbal supplements as they are generally all-natural.

If you’re looking for a way to alleviate a specific condition, you can also approach the problem another way: by examining your prevalent symptoms. For example, if you’re feeling tired and run-down all the time, it could be a sign that you’re deficient in B12, which is responsible for making red blood cells, among other things. Your body does not produce B12 organically; you have to procure it from what you eat. So if you’re not eating the right things, B12 could easily be something you’re lacking. Tiredness and paleness can also be a sign of iron deficiency, which is more common than you might think. Both these deficiencies can be addressed by choosing the right herbal supplements. However, the symptoms among deficiencies can often overlap, which is why it’s important to talk to a specialist.

Make Well is a German company specialising in herbal supplements, particularly those that support the treatment of chronic conditions such as Lyme disease. Their range of all-natural products provides significant options for those looking to support their treatment. The team at Make Well works with doctors all over Europe and beyond, providing them with supplements to offer their patients. Make Well’s products are largely directed towards aiding the body against the debilitating effects of Lyme, but some of their supplements, like Energy plus, can be beneficial to anyone who feels like they need a boost.

 

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Energy plus is part of Make Well's herbal supplements range.

 

Lyme disease is a particularly insidious condition that can debilitate patients for many years. When it comes to chronic Lyme disease, you’re not just dealing with an infection; you’re also dealing with a compromised immune system, which is overreacting to the bacteria. This leads to patients’ bodies being chronically inflamed, especially around the joint areas. Herbal supplements can be instrumental in taking the sting out of the inflammation effects, as well providing robust support as the body fights the bacteria.

It’s not just Lyme disease treatment that can benefit from herbal supplements, either. Supplements can help support a number of conditions, especially chronic ones involving fatigue and constant pain. The most important thing to remember is to consult your doctor before you start taking herbal supplements, and ideally, talk to a nutritionist. That way you can be sure to get exactly what you need from your supplements, and to support your existing diet in the best way possible.

As research and interest around herbal supplements continues to increase, we can expect them to grow in popularity. They are not a replacement for a nutritious diet or, in the case of chronic diseases, antibiotics, but they can be extremely beneficial when combined with either one.