Nov 28, 2011

Are vitamins good or bad for you? Clearing up the myths

Happy Monday, or not, depending on your mood, ha ha.

I admit it's hard to get back into working mode...
but the good news is that Christmas 
will be here before we know it! 

In follow up to the guest health post by Heather, 
I've been thinking a lot about vitamins and 
how important it is to take care of your body in general.
I admit I've been a bit of a slacker when it comes to taking vitamins. 
But, I'm here to remind you that's important to take care of your
body because it's the only one you have. 

Did you know that you might be lacking essential vitamins such as zinc,
calcium, iron, or even supplements such as 5htp and chondroitin?

You may not think of it now if you are in your twenties like me, 
but we will age and it will be harder to 
take care of our body as we age (losing weight, etc.)
Forming good habits now will help you (and me) maintain good
habits or form habits as you age and you'll remember to exercise,
eat the right foods, and take the right vitamins.

By the way, as I sit here typing this out to you
I'm snacking on chips. Yes, I know. 
This is a bit ironic since I'm talking about health.
But...don't judge because we all need 
to make improvements.

The question that has been on my mind for quite
sometime is: are vitamins good or bad for me?
I 've heard both opinions and I never know if
I should be loading up on vitamins or relying on
my daily food intake.

So I did a little research and discovered that taking
vitamins are actually good for you, in moderation of course.
Sometimes your body is deficient in different areas, such as 
calcium. A while ago I was actually told that I was deficient in calcium 
because I'm allergic to dairy. You can get blood work done
and they can tell you what you're deficient in.
Since then I've been taking calcium supplements.

I also discovered that Utah, during the winter time,
does not give you as much Vitamin D as you should have
since it snows more and there is less light. So - I've also
been taking Vitamin D when I'm in UT and not CA.

Different vitamins provide different benefits, 
but combining a good diet rich (good foods are sooo important!)
with the right vitamins and minerals
keeps you strong, energetic, and healthy.
They are essential for the body to function properly 
and without adequate vitamins you may encounter
health problems down the road.

So why does our culture say vitamins are bad for us?
Well, some people may be taking too many vitamins
or don't know the appropriate vitamins to take.
Or, they may be relying on vitamins for all of their nutrition
instead of taking the time to eat
their fruits, veggies, protein, and more.

If you're ever in doubt consult a nutritionist or 
ask your doctor. Or...head to a vitamin shop and quiz
the people there. I've learned so much just by asking questions!

So...have you heard people say that vitamins are bad
when they are actually good for you?

Do you take vitamins? 

I hope this cleared up some of the myths for you!
Happy vitamin taking! :)

15 comments :

  1. i wish i took some, but i dont! i used to love the flintstone vitamins when i was young though :)

    i should probably take some here in norway since i only see the sun every 50th day :)

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  2. I like the gummy vitamins because they don't hurt my stomach. I also have a B 12 deficiency so I take that. I need to take calcium because I don't take in enough dairy. Do the calcium supplement's cause nausa?

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  3. I don't take any vitamins, but I should probably start! However, I've never heard that they were bad for you? I always heard they were good for you..I just didn't listen ;)

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  4. I've always taken vitamins. I figure better safe than sorry when it comes to getting the nutrients you need.

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  5. I need to find a new multi vitamin. Right now I take Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin B6 and another vitamin to help circulation. I've always heard more in favor of taking vitamins than not!

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  6. I need to find a new multi-vitamin. I actually discovered a few years ago that my one-a-day multi vitamin was making me sick!! I was getting fevers and throwing up and after several months, my doc realized it was the vitamin. So that sucks. :S

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  7. Supplements help with deficiencies only if the right combination of vitamins/minerals (or supplements and food) is taken. For example, Calcium is only effectively absorbed when taken (or consumed) with Vitamin D and Magnesium; the three together give the most benefit by far. Vitamins A, D, and E are fat-soluble and will not absorb properly into the body if used with a very low-fat diet--some fat (especially like olive oil or nuts) is good for you! A nutritionist is one's best bet for info, since doctors have so many diseases and prescriptions to keep up with they often don't take time to study new nutrient/vitamin research. One more thing: Only choose trusted brands, those that have been independently reviewed by organizations such as ConsumerLab, as there is currently no required oversight or regulation on what goes into supplements. Otherwise, they may not contain what they claim to and might have dangerous unlisted fillers. The FDA does NOT currently regulate supplements, many people do not realize this!

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  8. I try to take a multi vitamin on a pretty regular basis...I like to think that it makes me feel better!

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  9. i do but i definitely need to be better about taking them (ie i have them and take them now and again and then sometimes.. dont at all).

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  10. I take vitamins, and think it's especially good for me, since I don't usually get sick at all. Vitamin C, etc. helps.

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  11. Beautiful Blog! It's my first visit and I definitely be back.

    xo Leslie

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  12. what wonderful insight!

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  13. I'm a good girl & take my vitamins each day. I try & eat healthily and exercise 4 times a work. I hope I live to a rip old age & look fabulous along the way!
    x
    Melissah

    PS I have set up a new blog http://countrystylechic.blogspot.com if you feel like popping by!

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  14. Great post girl! :) And yes, adding a few vitamins never hurts. We all know that whether or not we want to live healthy we sometimes don't or can't so a little help is always good. Just not too much... ;)

    xoxo

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  15. everyday i take vitamin D, folate, zinc and a pre-natal, even though im not pregnant. mainly for my hair, skin and nails! :)

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