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Diet Pills and Vitamins: Are they safe?

So, I have a pet-peeve as anyone I know does… but mine is something I hear about all the time that irks me. I always hear ads for fat loss accelerators and such that are totally safe because they are “ALL natural”.  By all means, I think fat burners or accelerators can have a positive impact for some people, and I’m not “dogging” all of them because I think they do have their place for some people.  What my “beef” is about are the phrases that claim they are completely safe because they are all natural.  This is what frustrates me.

Many people believe that something must be completely safe because it’s in nature (all natural) but this is where the fault of the advertisements lye.  I have issues with these advertisements because before anyone tries any medications/vitamins/diet pills, then that person needs to make sure it is safe for them.  Diet pills can and do typically increase heart rate; many diet pills and even vitamins/supplements have complications with certain medications; also, if a person has blood pressure problems or vascular disease, or any type of complications for that matter, then that person may be putting themselves at risk by taking any type of supplement.  Many of those supplements contain natural ingredients, but the amounts of certain ingredients are many times in excess of what we would normally get in normal day’s consumption.

For instance, taking calcium is great, but if we take too much of it, then it can cause problems. Calcium supplements can interact with many different prescription medications, including antibiotics, bisphosphonates and high blood pressure medications . The same exists for vitamin C. Vitamin C has many benefits but if someone takes too much of it, it can cause some ugly side effects including kidney stones.

Just because something is found in nature, does not make it safe.  There are many poisons and toxins found in nature.  Before starting a new workout or diet regime, it’s always good to talk to your general practitioner; the same goes for any medications you are taking (even those that are “all natural”) and are considered a vitamin, mineral, or supplement. Even if it’s supposed to be healthy for most, it may not be healthy for you.

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