It’s important to make sure you are receiving all the essential nutrients in your diet that your body needs. However, balance is important also. Too much or too little of anything isn’t good for you. People hear about an essential vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, or what have you and immediately stock up on that thing to make sure they are getting enough. Pharmacies, grocery stores and manufacturers love this. But you may be overdoing it. It’s best to eat a variety of healthy foods to make sure you are covering all bases in your diet. It also keeps the menu interesting and so staves off boredom. Some people like to eat the same or similar things each week. But most of us fall into food ruts and need to change things up from time to time. Make sure you are getting the proper amount of essential nutrients needed to maintain your health, and those in your household. But don’t overdo it or you may be exposing yourself and them to serious health issues. Avoid getting too much of these nutrients.
Omega-3 fatty acids are all the rage for the last few years. And why not? They ease inflammation, lower your risk of heart disease, fend off type-2 diabetes, supports healthy skin and brain function, and more. New studies have revealed however that too much omega-3s can disrupt the immune system making it harder to fight off infection. Talk to your doctor about avoiding too much omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. This often happens when people take a supplement but also get it from their diet in fish, eggs, orange juice and whole grains. A doctor or dietician can help you sort it out.
Vitamin C helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth, skin, fight off infection and absorb iron. But too much can lead to digestive problems and kidney stones. Don’t take a supplement. Instead, get your daily need through natural foods like citrus fruit, peppers, carrots, kiwi, strawberries and others. Zinc, iron and calcium are three other essential nutrients that can make you very sick if you overdo it. Seek to get these from your diet and avoid supplements unless instructed to take them by a medical professional. Talk to your doctor or dietician to see if your diet is properly balanced.