Most of us don’t measure how much of protein, carbohydrate, fat is present in our daily diet. Are you one of them? Well there are fewer people in this world who actually do eat by following a strict diet routine given by a dietician. But still then, don’t they miss out on certain useful vitamins or minerals? Yes, they do because a diet routine provided by a dietician may not always be foolproof.
How to get idea about your health status?
Different human bodies function differently, although the physiological processes are always generalized. An example is: The general thumb rule for intake of
- carbohydrate is 45% to 65% calorie (of the total calorie consumed),
- fat is 20% to 35% calorie (of the total calorie consumed),
- Protein is 10% to 35% calorie (of the total calorie consumed).
This is a vague idea of one’s diet and this is bound to vary for people with different age group, different sex, and different lifestyles and of course people suffering from various health conditions. The above points only state about parameters those give energy to us. Then what about vitamins, minerals, fibre and essential fatty acids? Does all our food have enough of these? These are of utmost importance as well and a deficit of these would have a great impact on the body. Hence, the concept of dietary supplements was introduced. These help us by filling the gap of our nutritional requirements which our regular food fails to do so.
So who needs supplements?
A healthy person apparently may not need supplements, but on close introspection of the essential parameters of the body may indicate the opposite. Usually a person who has deficit of vitamins, minerals, fibre or fatty acids need supplements. Also, intake of human growth hormone pills and thyroxine pills are also referred by doctors as supplements as they maintain homeostasis (these pills are prescribed when our body doesn’t synthesize enough of the respective hormones). Ginseng and ginko biloba are oriental medicines that also used as supplements (herbal). Ginseng and ginko biloba are used to reduce fatigue and provide energy to us. Again, there are a class of pills which contain appetite suppressing chemicals that are used to reduce weight and are considered supplements as well. So there are various types of supplements which are used as when required. Moreover, these supplements are found in different forms as well; tablets, capsules, chewable, powders, solutions, syrups or health drinks. As a word of caution, before using any supplements one must definitely consult a doctor and a dietician so that they can get the maximum benefit out of them.
Dietary supplement are prescribed and consumed by individuals all over the world. People who, usually, follow stringent diet and workout routines take supplements regularly. However, this does not imply that people who like to indulge in food (unhealthy, of course) need not take supplements. But again, as already mentioned earlier above, one must consult a medical practitioner for helping one to consume the correct supplement which not only will benefit the individual but also not produce any side-effect.