Vitamin C is Likely a Waste of Money
Did you know that just one packet of Emergen-C is HALF of what is considered toxic to your body? If you add one glass of orange juice or even a few bites of Watermelon, you are getting yourself close to the danger zone. Sure your body could use some extra C when you are battling a cold, but make sure you are not over-doing it as you are likely just paying for very expensive urine.
There Is No “One Size Fits All” Approach to Vitamins
Everyone likes to consider themselves educated on health, especially if they have gone out of their way to see a functional doctor. You have to remember that every body is different and you can’t listen to just anyone about what is right for you. The best rule of thumb is to get your blood levels checked and ask a professional to read the results in order to get on the right regime for your health. Depending on your lifestyle – active, vegan, gluten-free, age, where you live, and even skin color(!) are all important factors in what supplements are right for you.
Do Not Take Zinc AND Antibiotics
We all want to feel good, right? So when we are feeling sub-par, we will do anything for quick results, which usually means taking more vitamin C or zinc when you get sick. However, if you have to go on antibiotics to fight off infection, adding a zinc supplement is actually reducing the antibiotics affectiveness. Whoops. There are certain things you can do to help this – just make sure you are spacing out time between popping your vitamins and taking your antibiotics, this will lessen those chances.
Your Supplements Are Countering Each Other
You have to consider that some of the vitamins you pop daily are interfering with the goodness of others. Some vitamins and minerals at high levels inhibit the absorption of other vitamins and minerals, meaning you could be risking falling short on some nutrients by trying to beef up others. For example, calcium inhibits iron and iron inhibits zinc… the list goes on. Make sure you are doing your research before popping more pills.
The Quality of Your Supplements is Likely Poor
If you pick up your vitamins and minerals at your local grocery store, I hate to tell you this, but you are getting what you pay for. If your vitamins seem “like a good deal” it’s because they are poor in quality. There are a ton of vitamin fillers out there such as talc, starch, and vegetable gum. Gross. Use subscription-based sites to understand the quality of your supplement. Both ConsumerLab.com and LabDoor.com are good for references.
At the end of the day, a balanced diet is the most important vs. taking a multi!