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Dietary supplements have become very popular over the years. Pills and capsules that claim to improve your skin, boost your stamina or improve the functions of your body are available not only in many retail outlets, but online as well.

Before you begin taking a dietary supplement, it is a good idea to spend some time talking with your healthcare provider about any possible side effects, and whether the supplement will be beneficial to you. It is also advisable to read the ingredients before you add a supplement to your regimen.

For example, many supplements contain excipients. Excipients have no nutritional value, and serve as glues or fillers in the pills or capsules. Some of these fillers may be thickening agents, or used to add color to the tablet or capsule. In some cases, the excipient may even be a material that is used to lubricate machinery. Magnesium stearate, talcum powder, and polyethylene glycol are excipients that are found in lubricants, while hydroxypropyl methylcellulose is used to thicken the supplement in tablet form. Red ferric oxide is used to add color to a tablet, and many of the supplements on the market may contain preservatives.

Before you start taking a preservative, you may want to ask yourself if you are comfortable consuming something that has no value to your health, and take the time to find out if that supplement could do more harm than good to your body.

If you have are interested in ways to enhance your health and your state of mind, take some time today to make an appointment with The Lux Spa in Chicago, Illinois, by calling 773-868-4800. We look forward to meeting you, and welcoming you as a new client.