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Nutritional Supplements

Finding and Choosing the Appropriate Supplements

The human body is an extremely complicated and complex organism. What is acceptable for one individual is not necessarily good for another. What can make one person well can make another sick and when it comes to the human body, one size does not fit all. It is extremely (maybe even critically) important that your vitamin and mineral supplements are properly balanced to your unique needs, based on age, sex, and any other relevant health issues that may be addressed. This is not to say that certain assumptions can't be healthful for everyone, such as proper usage of D-3 but in general you must know where you can be a generalist and where it is critical to be specific. Here there are two avenues towards that goal:

  • Educate yourself. We will be publishing timely and relevant articles towards that end whenever it seems prudent. We will state up front what is published research and what is the opinion of the Stages of Life Medical Institute. These articles will vary in their complexity from general "layman" terms to medical practitioner and you can read as much or as little as interests you.
  • Find a qualified medical source that can provide you with the type of advice necessary for an informed and productive decision. In truth you should do both. An informed partnership is the safest and most efficient course of action.

Because when you are first evaluating and adjusting your supplements, the oversight of a physician can be the most critical, you should try and find one convenient to you. Once a safe and effective routine is determined then it becomes less of an issue, but even then access to a physician you trust that listens to you is desirable.

One thing you should not do is take multi-vitamins that promise to "do it all" for you. There will be a lot written about that both here and on other related web-sites but the short, simple answer is they don't work. Sometimes it is a quality issue, sometimes it is an adsorption issue and sometimes it is just plain marketing hype. In any case, quality in both the product and the advice is mandatory for a healthy solution.