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Do I need to take dietary supplements?

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

Supplements should not be used to replace a healthy and well balanced diet. In fact, supplements are complimentary to ensure we meet optimal nutrition.

Supplements are often required when an individual experiences nutrient deficiencies or other circumstances including:

  • Iron or B12 deficiency

  • For athletes, needing sports supplements

  • Planning for pregnancy

  • Probiotics to assist with IBS treatment or following a course of antibiotics.

  • To help manage osteoporosis (weak and brittle bones) and osteopenia (bone loss)

The key message is that we can get all the nutrients our bodies needs from a varied diet.

Additionally, fat burning or metabolism supplements are strongly discouraged, often associated with dangerous side effects.

What supplements you NEED and what brands to buy can be confusing. A Perth Dietitian can assist you with understanding your dietary requirements and suggest supplementation if required.

It all starts by choosing us to assist you to optimise your Dietary health. Click here for more information about WA Health Group and our Perth Dietitian's.

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