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We are a generation of people that pops pills. At the first sign of a headache, Advil is never too far away. For menstrual cramps, women take Midol. Anxious about flying? Just take a Xanax. In all seriousness though, there is an opioid epidemic–that is, an addiction to bad pills. Even pills that are prescribed for reasonable pain can be addictive. Opioids include prescriptions for Tramadol for a broken bone that can lead to addiction because of the way the pill alters the brain’s ability to feel happiness. Once the pill is in the blood stream,  it is difficult for the brain to feel pleasure on its own. Taking prescription painkillers can lead to the users need to substances like heroin or continuous use of the painkiller. Opioid overdose is one of the greatest causes of accidental death, so be cautious when taking them. There are, however, good pills. Let’s take a look at a couple examples.

Diet Pills

Eating a healthy diet and getting adequate exercise is a perfect combination for weight loss, but for some people that isn’t enough. Especially if you do not live a lifestyle that enables home cooked meals and time for exercise, diet pills can help you. There are a range of diet pills, from those that are stocked full of caffeine and suppress hunger to those that help steady the metabolism. A lot of diet pills and even pills to treat sexual dysfunction contain caffeine to give you an extra boost. Again, read the fine print when you are considering diet pills. Hydroxy Elite is a safe diet pill that is low in caffeine. You would have to take three of these pills to get the same amount of caffeine from a 16 oz. cup of coffee. When you are taking diet pills, read the ingredients and the side effects. Pills that warn against elevated blood pressure and insomnia should be avoided.  

Daily Supplements

As we all know, vitamins and minerals are vital to a healthy body, and supplements are an easy way to add these to your diet. While you get most of your vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables, you may be deficient in a vitamin that helps in the absorption of vital minerals. For instance, vitamin D is essential in aiding the absorption of vitamin C and B, so if you aren’t getting great exposure to the sun then taking a supplement may be important for you to get other vitamins and minerals that are essential to a healthy life. Iron is a big one. If you are pregnant or lactating, getting enough iron is important. Supplements are exactly how they sound–they are intended to supplement and healthy diet. They cannot replace eating healthy fruits and vegetables. It is always better to get your vitamins and minerals from real foods, but when you need more, supplements are typically a safe addition.

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