Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Should I Supplement?

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Question: Is there a veggie capsule that will detox the liver and bowel as well as provide probiotics and improve digestion?
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
I prefer you supplement with food sources than rely on supplements. Food products contain vitamins, minerals, and co-factors that work better than trying to use supplements.

There is no evidence that daily probiotic use is more than a waste of money, except perhaps when recommended as a part of a short-term supplement plan recommended by your doctor, such as after a gastro illness. The same advice applies to calcium supplementation: Food sources are far more effective, though there are times when select supplementation may be recommended by your doctor to supplement your diet, not to replace it.

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