Supplements - 1 - A Guide to Supplementation within Health and Complementary Medicine
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A Guide to Supplementation within Health and Complementary Medicine

Is supplementation really necessary?
In the best of all possible worlds, supplementation is not necessary. Unfortunately, we do not live in the best of all possible worlds. We live in a far from natural world and the more “civilised” we become, the more unnaturally we live. We adapt and change our environment, often to our own detriment. As a result of this we find, increasingly, that we need to supplement for our nutritional needs. Alone, supplementation solves no problems. It has to be used in association with other actions. Normally, the optimum outcome that can be obtained from supplementation is in co-ordination with lifestyle changes and changes and improvements in dietary and nutritional habits. These are described in other parts of this supplement.

Why are supplements required?
Because of our need to provide sustenance that can cope with our busy demands, we are forced to accept the processes to which we subject our food. Many of these remove essential elements and so we need to replace these, often with inferior materials. A typical misconception is that of “fortified foods”. This usually means that in its processing, the food has been denuded of one or more of its nutrients. These need to be replaced but, of course, they are replaced by cheap chemical versions that do not act in the same way within the body. This leads us to a very important consideration. Are all similar supplements the same?



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It is intended for general information only. It is not meant as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and you should always consult your doctor for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or before taking any medications.

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