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Stimulants vs. Supplements: Part 1

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Stimulants vs Supplements:  What’s the difference?

As we sat around talking about the upcoming calendar, one topic of great interest came about.  Stimulants vs Supplements, and the team’s thoughts.  Choose a caffeine buzz or a little Vitamin D?

The conversation became active, even passionate, with a lot of opinions and ideas.  As a result, we have combined the conversation below.  Enjoy… and jump in with your thoughts.

What is the difference between a Stimulant vs Supplement?

“A stimulant is something less natural…with the purpose of giving more immediate results.”, says Cody. “Caffeine is an easy example.”

Chris offers, “A supplement is intended to mend a deficiency in your body.”

“It’s the difference between short-term vs long-term effects,” says Michelle.  “A stimulant such as caffeine gets a person going.  Doctor’s tend to guide patients to supplements, such as Vitamin D or B12.”

“I agree, a stimulant is taken for a specific purpose, that drink that revs you up,” Maylo offers.  “I like to say, supplements FEED your body and stimulants SPEED your body.”

Tom adds, “To me, its a classification for either stimulants or supplements. Some are strong enough to be controlled, others not.”

But, we all use stimulants to pep us up, at times.  Are stimulants harmful?

“Harmful, or just not that helpful at some point?  I can quickly tell that I’m consuming too much caffeine…” says Chris.

“Me, too.  I can always use stimulants as a barometer for personal balance.”  Rebecca adds, “When the pressures of life are getting to me, my consumption of caffeine and sugar increases.”

Cody laughs, “You have to manage too much of a good thing!”

“There’s the pendulum with stimulants, right?”  says Tom.  “Everything in moderation. And, the sooner you can get back to healthy activities the better.”

“Yes, but…you can’t minimize the effect of stimulants.” Maylo jumps in, “What is ok for one, may be dangerous for another.  What medications are you taking?  What conflicting side effects?” Maylo has fought systemic lupus much of her life, “It’s easy to throw things out of balance…”

In summary, it seems that what Maylo has to offer in this conversation is a hard, but steady truth.  What is good for one doesn’t always hold true for another. The best way to find the right solution for you is to truly notice how each one makes you feel.

This conversation continued on for some time. And, like any good thing, must be moderated. We went on to discuss how to spot… and manage… over-reliance…or even a dependency.  We will discuss working with clients who are ‘burning the candle at both ends’. How can we guide them in a healthy direction that still allows them to accomplish their goals? I hope you’ll come back over the next couple of weeks to follow this series.

Be sure to leave your feedback and experiences below! Our community is built on all of us sharing our experiences and making THIS life a HEALTHY life TOGETHER!

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