Patient compliance can be a massive hurdle for health care providers and rightfully so because most people are not used to integrating supplements and other products into their already busy lives.  On top of that you can hit other roadblocks such as patients disliking the taste, other symptoms like stomach ache, and even patients stop using a product because they don’t see results right away. Here are 6 quick tips we recommend for rebounding from supplement compliance issues.

Know your products-

If you’re prescribing a product, you should be versed on the brand and specifically that product. If you haven’t used it before or want to try it, check reviews online. Some products can seem perfect on paper, but have a bad taste, texture, or even smell in real life. If the product is a must, then educate your patient or customer first and give them a warning and a way to cope with it. For example, if a product smells bad, tell them to plug their nose when taking or if a powder is lumpy or grainy, give them good suggestions for blending.

Breathe-

It sounds strange, but adults can have anxiety about swallowing pills especially when there are several to take. Most people on a supplement protocol find themselves taking upwards of 4 pills morning and night. If your clients and patients have a hard time swallowing pills or have anxiety about choking on them, have them take 3 deep full breaths in and out before taking the pills to relax the esophagus. Once they have put the pills in their mouth and taken in the liquid they will swallow them with, have them breathe in fully through their nose adding as much air as they can. Immediately tilt head back and swallow, keeping your muscles as relaxed as possible.

Optimize-

Let’s face it, many great products just don’t taste that great on their own, so they need to be “optimized” for flavor. For very earthy and herbaceous tonics, try mixing them with a couple ounces of a strong juice such as cranberry, then add that to some sparkling water for a refreshing tonic. For chalky powders like protein powders, try adding them to a smoothie using a good blender. Add frozen bananas and nut milk to achieve creaminess. If you prescribe fish oils and people do not want to take it by the spoonful or in a capsule, try an emulsion variety.

Pencil it In-

Help your patients set daily alerts and reminders in their phones or digital calendars. Make sure you plan on a time that fits in with their meals and works well with where they physically are. For example, don’t set your alerts for times they will be in the car, getting to work, etc.

Wellness Journaling-

Journaling has been a proven stress reducer and is a great opportunity to record their daily health and wellness findings. Because people like instant gratification, it helps to look back on a day to day basis to see if certain products or supplements have made a difference for them over time. When patients and clients are also doing something temporary like detoxing or are going on a weight management protocol, it’s super to record where they started, their ups and downs in between and their final results. This practice gives perspective and is a great tool for wellness management.

Autoship-

Natural Partners and Fullscript offer convenient autoship features where practitioners and patients can choose the frequency products are automatically shipped to them. This is a simple and easy to use feature and it ensures people do not run out of the products they rely on. This takes a hurdle out of the actual process of having easy access to supplements and other products. Try autoship to simplify your life.

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