In a perfect world, everyone would always take care of their bodies but recent events have heightened our awareness of a finite resource — our health. We have to take care of our bodies so they can fight off infections and bounce back more easily if we do get sick. A simple way to take care of ourselves is with vitamins and supplements and one bright spot in the news recently is that your health savings account (HSA) can now be used to buy them (more on that in a minute).
Of course the best way to get all of the vitamins, minerals, and trace elements your body needs to operate at its best is through food, but let’s be honest — convenience often beats a high quality and nutritionally diverse diet. If you’re like most people, it’s simply easier to eat what is on hand or what you like, and take a supplement. Before this week, supplement costs were completely out of pocket but now they are covered expenses when deducted from your HSA. This is great news, as the accounts are tax-free when used for covered health items.
There are a few things to keep in mind as you’re planning your supplement protocol, for a comprehensive look at vitamins, start here. One very important thing to takeaway is that quality is important. Sure, they sell vitamins at the store, but the dose on the bottle often isn’t what is found inside, and perhaps surprisingly, according to its own website, the FDA doesn’t regulate what goes in the bottle. There is a ‘framework’ for manufacturing ‘good practices’ but there is no enforcement.
Your best option for high-quality supplements, on par with getting them from your doctor, is to use a pharmaceutical grade vitamin. Fullscript is a supplement source trusted by doctors for their quality. They go above and beyond ‘good practices’, making sure their products are professional quality. A huge bonus — the prices are below retail, so you are getting a better product for less than you would spend at the supermarket. If you want that elusive combination of high quality and a good price, you can order what you need here.
Thanks to the update on the rules surrounding HSA’s and FSA’s, you can use your linked debit card to pay directly or use the receipt to get reimbursed. Finally, those that believe in preventative medicine and supplementation are rewarded with tax-free health spending. It’s easier to keep ourselves out of the doctors office if we’re healthy and it’s easier to be healthy if you supplement your diet.