Star Valley Health has a dietician that is truly remarkable. Troy Bailey describes himself as a “realistic dietician”. He speaks with his clients about paths to nutrition that are workable.
“Everyone is different and their bodies are diverse. It’s not just a one step program.” With health at the forefront like never before, vitamins and supplements have been on the mind of many. “Pills are not magical!” Troy reminds us. Regardless of your problem or your goal, a supplement may not hold all of the answers.
What are supplements?
Dietary supplements can contain minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and many other ingredients. You can search for a specific problem and find the “natural” way to heal but the truth is that many supplements need more study to determine if they have value. They are not medicines and are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure diseases.
Most of us are taking these supplements and might not know it. Caffeine is used by many of us in all forms. Manufacturers add vitamins, minerals, and other supplement ingredients to foods you eat, especially breakfast cereals and beverages. Taking more than you need might raise your risk of side effects. For example, excess iron causes nausea and vomiting and may damage the liver and other organs.
As part of an investigation, the FDA tested 26 diet and supplement products purchased online, all of which contained undeclared active ingredients. Those ingredients included things like sibutramine, an appetite suppressant that was taken off the market due to the risk for strokes. Because it is sold at a major online company, the risk may not be considered, but it is there! “There are cases where olympic athletes were drug tested and fined or suspended. They didn’t know there was an additive in the supplement.”
“You likely don’t need supplements if you’re a healthy adult who eats a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy products, lean meats and fish. The goal is always to have a rounded diet,” Troy states. Being a realist, he realizes that this is the ideal and that isn’t always possible or fit into everyones’ lifestyle on a daily basis.
At the beginning of the year, going on the dreaded diet is spoken about a lot. With the many companies that deliver fresh meals through the mail, it may be easier than when the candy aisle at the grocery store beckons you. The field is growing, with specialty purveyors focusing on vegan foods, seasonal ingredients, special diets and smoothies. Some services—like Sun Basket, Snap Kitchen, and Fresh and Easy—send you oven-ready meals that are ready to warm and serve, which can come in handy if you’re cooking challenged or trying to juggle a busy life. (Self.Com reviewed over 20 similar companies, if you would like to know more.)
If you have a medical condition that affects how your body digests nutrients, such as chronic diarrhea, food allergies, food intolerance, or a disease of the liver, gallbladder, intestines or pancreas problems, perhaps supplements are for you. Talk to your doctor or to Troy Bailey. They will know more about the dosage, side effects and possible interactions with any medications you take. Just because it is found in nature, doesn’t mean your body can handle it!
It used to be that you ate a banana or piece of toast before a workout, and that was sufficient. But now it seems like everyone is talking about “pre-workout”. There’s really no good definition of what a pre-workout supplement is—and a lot of companies are just slapping it on products because it’s ‘in’ right now. Unless you are an olympic hopeful or a sports professional, just eat that banana!
Finally, your immune system and supplements. “Yes” Troy states, “There are some ways to help your immunity so that your body is strong enough to fight off a cold or flu.”
Growing up and working in the valley, Troy is familiar with the area and the food preferences. He is able to work with diabetics, children or even older adults. He can offer realistic advice that fits your lifestyle and period of life you are in.
“Over the past six months, I have seen so many of my clients take the weight off. It’s been great!”
His recommendation for a supplement is to see how you feel over the course of one month. Does your improvement warrant the extra cost? Do you see or feel anything at all? It’s not about pounding celery juice for a week! It’s about healthy eating, the right amount of exercise and sleep and visit your doctor. This is important! They can run tests and blood work to see how your body is actually working. You may need to add a supplement but it should be a conversation to have with them.