Are You Taking Too Many Supplements?

supplementsYou’re a nurse, let me ask you a question…”, is usually how it begins, followed by a laundry list of symptoms they are having. I inquire as to what supplements they are taking, meaning what do they consume in addition to a healthy diet. The look on their face usually changes – eyebrows raise as they begin to share this tablet, that vitamin, another brand of something. I usually ask, is that all? Are you taking anything for weight loss or energy? Which brings more to the list. Then I ask if they are taking the standard recommended amount of each, which then prompts the confession of double and even triple amounts, sometimes two to three times a day.

The saying “if some is good, more is better” does not apply to medications or supplements, in my opinion. Treating ourselves with supplemental vitamins and a wide variety of plant extracts, herbs and other holistic foods should be proceeded with a cautionary note.  Here are some:

Add one supplement at a time for a length of time (several weeks) to notice its affect. If you add more, you won’t know which one is causing the health changes, and if you have side affects, you won’t know which one is causing it. Start with one for a few weeks, then add or change out one at a time after.

Drink plenty of water. Check your urine – it should be light yellow in color, showing that you are well hydrated, and there is not an overabundance of supplement which can show up as dark colored urine from the excess being urinated out. There is also the risk of kidney stones from build up of mineral crystals. Fill a large water bottle with water from your tap, and have it handy to pour or sip from throughout the day.

Every few months, have your doctor order a blood test measuring the level of what you are taking. Vitamin D, Iron, Magnesium and all the rest can be measured and determined if in the range of normal for your health. This is a good time to discuss with him or her why you are taking the supplements, and the positive changes you are seeing or feeling with them.

Journal your symptoms. Before adding supplements, and each week after, journal about your symptoms so you can keep track of how your body is responding, and you have a record to correlate further symptoms with the increase or addition of them. Include the appearance and feel of your skin, hair and nails, any rashes, and how your “waste products” have changed.


Don’t take supplements to replace lack of sleep, good nutrition, or inactivity. You should be taking an honest look at how much restful sleep you achieve each night, making sure you are eating a healthy diet filled with colorful vegetables, fruits, lean protein, nuts and lots of water, and getting exercise each day.

Finally, take time each day to relax. Quiet times to think, create, calm your thoughts and body are vital to overall health. Stress can lead to a whole host of unhealthy conditions, number one being high blood pressure. So, find a spot to take a few moments each day for some peaceful thinking and relaxation.

Oh, yes – one more – have a yearly physical examination by your doctor. It’s funny how as we age, it becomes less about poking around your body, and more about ordering levels of this or that. The lab requisition seems to get longer every year!

It’s not that supplements are bad, as I do take a shot of Cellular Defense Elixir each day, and can definitely list the benefits I am noticing with it, and with removing gluten from my diet. You should have the same thing – knowing how your health has improved with your supplements, and also look at making changes to your diet to eliminate something that might be dragging you down. Hope these tips help you!

Cheers to your excellent health!

About Candace

Candace Dye is an Apriori Beauty Consultant and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Her passion is helping others to uncover and enhance their true inner radiance with tips for health, wellness, skin care and beauty!

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