If you want energy to get through the day, the muscle strength and brain power to perform, and optimal wellness, it’s time to explore the benefits of supplements. At Connect Integrative Medicine, Dr. Mohammad Shegeft and Dr. Sidney Cruz, carefully evaluate your health and recommend supplements based on your body’s unique requirements. If you’re unsure which supplements you need or want to purchase professional-grade products, call the office in Edmonds, Washington, or request an appointment online today.

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When would I need supplements?

Chances are you’ve heard people say that you should get all your vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat. While that’s the ideal way to get nutrients, it’s not always possible. And you can fall short on nutrients even if you follow a healthy diet.

In addition to making up for nutrients your diet lacks, you may need supplements when you’re:

  • Limiting calories to lose weight
  • Healing from an illness, injury, or surgery
  • Managing a chronic health condition
  • Participating in intense athletic activities
  • Struggling with an infection
  • Experiencing chronic stress or anxiety
  • Taking prescription medication
  • Impaired absorption due to bypass surgery

You may also need dietary supplements when age-related changes in your digestive tract reduce nutrient absorption.

How can I get the highest quality supplements?

Quality is an important issue because supplements aren’t regulated. Many dietary supplements don’t contain the ingredients and doses listed on the label. Even worse, they may contain contaminants or unlisted ingredients.

However, there are two ways you can have confidence in the quality of your supplements. First, you can determine if the product was tested and verified by an independent lab.

The second way to ensure you have a high-quality product is to choose supplements recommended and evaluated by Connect Integrative Medicine. They also provide several trusted brands in the office, such as Design for Health, Xymogen, and Integrative Therapeutics.

How do I know which supplements I need?

Dietary supplements refer to a wide range of products, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathic products, and nutraceuticals (supplements derived from foods). The best way to know which supplements you need is to consult with your Connect Integrative Medicine provider.

Your provider begins by reviewing your medical history, evaluating your current diet and lifestyle, and completing an exam. They often run blood tests to identify any specific nutritional deficiencies.

Then they recommend the professional-grade supplements and evidence-based nutraceuticals you need to treat a deficiency, heal existing health conditions, and generally boost your well-being.

To learn more about the supplements needed to support your health, call Connect Integrative Medicine or book an appointment online today.