Nutrition Update: When Should I Take My Dietary Supplements?

dietary-supplementsdietary-supplementsMany of us take dietary supplements daily, but how often do we think about when to take them? Try these tips to help you improve absorption of your dietary supplements:

■ Take multivitamins with a meal because the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K require some fat to be absorbed. Also, drink plenty of water to help vitamins dissolve efficiently.

■ Take calcium supplements in doses of 500 milligrams with meals. Don’t take calcium supplements at the same time as a supplement with iron because the two minerals can interfere with each other, resulting in reduced absorption.

■ Take fiber supplements several hours before taking any nutritional supplement because fiber can bind to minerals and could make them unavailable for the body to use.

■ Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your vitamins may have any potential interactions with your prescription or over-the-counter medications.

— Source: North Dakota State University

Choosing Mobility Aids

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Mobility aids help you walk or move from place to place if you are disabled or have an injury. They include crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs and  motorized scooters. You may need a walker or cane if you are at risk of falling. If you need to keep your body weight off your foot, ankle or knee, you may need crutches. You may need a wheelchair or a scooter if an injury or disease has left you unable to walk. Choosing these devices takes time and research. You should be fitted for crutches, canes and walkers. If they fit, these devices give you support, but if they don’t fit, they can be uncomfortable and unsafe. Talk with your doctor or with a medical-equipment provider (which your doctor can recommend) when choosing mobility aids.

 
— Source: National Institutes of Health

Safe Medicine Disposal

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October is “Talk about Prescriptions Month,” and there’s no better time to learn about safely disposing of leftover medication. The American Medical Association suggests the following steps:

 
■ Step 1: Sort through prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements to determine which ones are expired.

 
■ Step 2: If you are unsure what is in a bottle or package, consider taking the unknown medicine or preparation to your pharmacist or doctor so they can help you identify what it is.

 
■ Step 3: Safely dispose of expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs, over-the- counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Follow the disposal instructions on the drug label (or the patient information that came with the medicine, if you still have it). Do not flush any drugs down the toilet unless the information instructs you to do so. When in doubt about proper disposal, talk with your pharmacist or doctor. Your pharmacist can also tell you about any upcoming community drug take-back programs where you may drop off medications.

 
— Source: American Medical Association

Sure, You Floss … But Are You Doing It Correctly?

 

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Flossing is simple, but there are certain techniques that will help ensure that you do the best job of taking care of your teeth and gums as possible. The American Dental Association suggests these steps:

 
■ Use about 18 inches of floss wound around one of your middle fingers,
with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.

■ Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently
insert it between the teeth.

■ Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.

■ Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth.
Don’t jerk or snap the floss.

■ Floss all your teeth. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth.

 
— Source: American Dental Association