Over the past few decades, alternative and complementary medicine has grown in popularity. As a result, there is now a wide range of nontraditional approaches to personal health, fitness as well as healing. Various remedies are sometimes used in the place of standard medical approaches. Oftentimes, though, they are used in addition to standard medical therapy. Some alternative remedies are safe, relatively affordable, and easily accessible. And some may actually create an opportunity for you to participate actively in key decisions about your health.
On the other hand, there are other natural or alternative remedies that are unsafe. That’s why it’s important to know what works — and what doesn’t. The fact that claims are made that a vitamin or supplement is natural is not a guarantee that it’s safe – or even natural. It’s important to always discuss any herbal therapy with a specialist before taking it.
At active-8 we are experts in natural dietary supplementation and make sure our clients make the right choice when it comes to taking supplements to aid physical enhancement or to attain a better state of general health and wellbeing. Before starting with nutrition or sports supplementation, we must first analyse your biotype. We will then look into your specific needs, based on the present symptomatology and/or your specific goals.
Rules of supplementation:
- Don’t buy chemically altered or unnatural supplements or vitamins. (there are a bunch)
- Get the facts right before you buy any type of herbal supplement. If unsure consult an expert in supplementation or consult your GP.
- Read the indication on dosage and maximum daily intake carefully.
- Make sure the supplement fits with your gender and age group (needs differ greatly).
- Should you take any medication, make sure the supplement doesn’t interact with your medication.
- Should you take multiple supplements make sure they do not contain similar herbs and that they don’t interact.
- Be careful with anything new or promising great result in only a short period of time.
- Make sure to regularly stop for a week or two. Never supplement for more than two months in a row.
- If you take multiple supplements, make sure to take them apart and not all at once.
- Don’t take supplements on an empty stomach unless indicated otherwise.
- Never supplement with steroids or otherwise health-compromising physical enhancement drugs: they can have serious side-effects or cause ill-health and long-term chronic disease.