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3 Supplements That You Should Never Take, According To Doctors (They Do Nothing!)

SheFinds logo SheFinds 12/5/2021 Merrell Readman
In order to remain healthy, your body needs a number of nutrients daily which will support your digestion, metabolism, and a variety of other functions which you likely never think about. However, the wellness industry loves to capitalize on people’s desire to improve their health, particularly preying on general ignorance as to what is actually valuable to include within your daily habits. We spoke with Jae Pak, M.D, founder of Jae Pak Medical to determine which supplements really do no good when it comes to boosting your wellness, and the answer may surprise you. © Provided by SheFinds

In order to remain healthy, your body needs a number of nutrients daily which will support your digestion, metabolism, and a variety of other functions which you likely never think about. However, the wellness industry loves to capitalize on people’s desire to improve their health, particularly preying on general ignorance as to what is actually valuable to include within your daily habits. We spoke with Jae Pak, M.D, founder of Jae Pak Medical to determine which supplements really do no good when it comes to boosting your wellness, and the answer may surprise you.

In order to remain healthy, your body needs a number of nutrients daily which will support your digestion, metabolism, and a variety of other functions which you likely never think about. However, the wellness industry loves to capitalize on people’s desire to improve their health, particularly preying on general ignorance as to what is actually valuable to include within your daily habits. We spoke with Jae Pak, M.D, founder of Jae Pak Medical to determine which supplements really do no good when it comes to boosting your wellness, and the answer may surprise you.

Calcium Calcium is often touted as one of the most essential supplements to take for stronger bones and a healthier heart, but the reality is that there’s a good chance you’re already consuming enough in your diet naturally that the supplement is making no real change to your body. “While many people associate this mineral with dairy products, other products like cereals, almond milk and orange juice are often enhanced with calcium, so just look for the word “fortified” on the label,” notes Pak. “Kale, beans and dried figs are some flavorful, calcium-rich favorites.” Even if you follow a plant-based diet and aren’t consuming dairy products, you’ll still likely be getting ample calcium and are therefore wasting money on a supplement you don’t need.  Magnesium Magnesium is necessary for maintaining energy levels and preserving muscle function, but this is another nutrient which you more than likely consume enough of within your daily diet. “Magnesium is another essential nutrient with many health benefits, and many nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashews) are a good source. Salmon and beef are also good dietary staples that contain magnesium,” explains Pak. For a vegetarian diet, snacking on a serving of nuts once a day should help you to reach your magnesium requirements, so there will be no real use in investing in supplements.  Potassium The function of potassium within the body is primarily to help your nervous system work more effectively while managing your blood pressure as well. “Muscle cramping is a tell-tell sign of low potassium levels,” warns Pak.” Bananas are a popular potassium-packed food, but it can also be found in avocados, coconut water, broccoli and chicken.” With a range of foods that are commonly found in a variety of diets and do not exclude those with dietary restrictions, potassium is easy to come by within your typical healthy day of eating.  At the end of the day, Pak has some simple advice for determining with supplements you should actually be including without your routine. “Getting your blood work done at your doctor’s office can help to identify any nutritional deficiencies your body has, and the number one solution should always be [focusing on your] diet, with supplements doing just that — supplementing,” he says. Focusing on a colorful and nutrient dense diet is the best way to improve your overall health and reach your nutritional goals, and with this, it’s unlikely you’ll need to consume any supplements at all.   © Provided by SheFinds

Calcium

Calcium is often touted as one of the most essential supplements to take for stronger bones and a healthier heart, but the reality is that there’s a good chance you’re already consuming enough in your diet naturally that the supplement is making no real change to your body. “While many people associate this mineral with dairy products, other products like cereals, almond milk and orange juice are often enhanced with calcium, so just look for the word “fortified” on the label,” notes Pak. “Kale, beans and dried figs are some flavorful, calcium-rich favorites.” Even if you follow a plant-based diet and aren’t consuming dairy products, you’ll still likely be getting ample calcium and are therefore wasting money on a supplement you don’t need. 

Magnesium

Magnesium is necessary for maintaining energy levels and preserving muscle function, but this is another nutrient which you more than likely consume enough of within your daily diet. “Magnesium is another essential nutrient with many health benefits, and many nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashews) are a good source. Salmon and beef are also good dietary staples that contain magnesium,” explains Pak. For a vegetarian diet, snacking on a serving of nuts once a day should help you to reach your magnesium requirements, so there will be no real use in investing in supplements. 

Potassium

The function of potassium within the body is primarily to help your nervous system work more effectively while managing your blood pressure as well. “Muscle cramping is a tell-tell sign of low potassium levels,” warns Pak.” Bananas are a popular potassium-packed food, but it can also be found in avocados, coconut water, broccoli and chicken.” With a range of foods that are commonly found in a variety of diets and do not exclude those with dietary restrictions, potassium is easy to come by within your typical healthy day of eating. 

At the end of the day, Pak has some simple advice for determining with supplements you should actually be including without your routine. “Getting your blood work done at your doctor’s office can help to identify any nutritional deficiencies your body has, and the number one solution should always be [focusing on your] diet, with supplements doing just that — supplementing,” he says. Focusing on a colorful and nutrient dense diet is the best way to improve your overall health and reach your nutritional goals, and with this, it’s unlikely you’ll need to consume any supplements at all.  

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