What's the Deal with Supplements? A HUM Nutrition Expert Explains

In the wellness field, it can be hard to keep up with all the latest nutrition advice flying around. Sometimes, we just need a little help from the pros to find the best way to fuel our movements. That's why we tapped into HUM Nutrition's team of experts to discuss a lesser-known area of nutrition: vitamins and supplements.

HUM promises to offer the best supplements to support a healthy diet, offering customizable deliveries to support your lifestyle. We chatted with HUM registered dietician Sarah Greenfield to give us the lowdown on supplements for National Nutrition Month. Read on to learn more.

Let’s start at the very beginning: Do supplements really work? 

The supplement world is a self-regulated industry meaning companies are responsible to meet the standards outlined by the FDA. While the FDA does not approve supplements, they can assess the company for compliance with the outlined standards. To find a high quality supplement its important to find companies that are holding themselves to high standards of practice. At HUM we work with qualified vendors, perform audits on all the vendors and their facilities, test all ingredients for contaminants, test final product composition to ensure what is on the label is in the actual product and run stability testing. These are just some of the processes we have in place to ensure our supplements are of the highest quality. When you find a company that prides themselves in their standards, you can trust their products.  

What’s the best way to get started with supplements?  

Since supplements are not medications, it typically takes a little longer to see results from  supplement. For most products that have been studied at HUM nutrition it can take 4-6 weeks to see results. The most important part of taking supplements are to ensure you get in the habit and routine of it. The more consistently you can take them, the better results you can have. We typically recommend starting with 3 different supplements to take daily. 

How do you know which supplements to take?  

The HUM quiz is a great place to start when looking for what supplements are best for you and your specific needs. Since everyone is different and has different health struggles, it is important to find what works best for your body. Depending on your symptoms and concerns, the HUM quiz can help point you in the right direction. If you want to dive deeper into your health, getting testing is also a great way to highlight what your body really needs.  

What issues can they help resolve?  

At HUM we focus mainly on beauty supplements. We have great products that can help   support clear skin, decrease dryness and redness and decrease wrinkles and signs of aging. We also have great products that support mood and decrease stress and can help improve energy. And finally we have supplements that support the body overall and can help decrease bloating and improve the quality of the hair.  

Are there any side effects to prepare for?  

Everyone experiences supplements differently. If you ever experience any side-effects please reach out to our customer care team and they can help. 

Sarah Greenfield is a registered dietitian who empowers health-savvy women, struggling with digestive issues to get to the root cause of their symptoms through her practice Fearless Fig. She has a certification in functional medicine and is the Director of Education for HUM Nutrition. She also has been featured on Men’s Health, NBC, Self, NutriBullet, BuzzFeed, Dr. Hyman and gave a TEDx talk on understanding the language of your health by looking at your poop! 

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