Vitamins and Mineral Supplements – Myth Buster No. 4

“We don’t need to take vitamin and mineral supplements.”

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Sheldon Cooper believes taking vitamins simply produces expensive urine. But should we accept the opinion of a young man who eats only take-out unless his cola addicted mother is in town?

 

 

RDA’s ( Recommended Daily Allowances) were established in the 1940s. Now we have the DRI ( Dietary Reference Intake) system which, broadening the existing guidelines, provides daily recommendations for all of the nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, healthy individuals need.

One key word here is “healthy”.

A few considerations that are neglected by this system are:

  • What is your stress level?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • What is your energy level?Unknown copy
  • How are your skin/hair/nails?
  • Do you have illnesses or conditions now or in the past.
  • Do you exercise?
  • Do you live a hectic lifestyle?
  • What do you put in your body?
  • What are your eating habits – what kinds of food do you eat?
  • How was your food grown: Organically/GMO/Pesticide laden?
  • How far has it traveled – was it picked ripe?
  • How long has it been sitting in the grocery store?
  • How long has it been sitting in your fridge?
  • Do you smoke and/or drink alcohol?

To only name a few.

So let’s say, based on your lifestyle and health situation, you decide you need to take supplements.

What should you take?

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  • I would suggest you not only look at the levels of nutrients in the supplement but also the list of ingredients.
  • Avoid supplements that contain sweeteners and colouring.
  • I prefer capsules to caplets because caplets often contain unnecessary binders and capsules are easier to digest so their contents are more readily absorbed.

How much?

Only a natural health practitioner such as a naturopath or a holistic nutritionist, can really help you determine how much supplementation you need.

A holistic nutritionist will provide an individualized assessment to determine your deficiencies and not only recommend supplements if they are necessary but also help you make better food choices.

I would also recommend buying supplements from a health food store. Most (but not all) attendants will have graduated from either a naturopathic college or a holistic nutrition school. Although they cannot take the time to do as thorough an individualized assessment as one can do in a clinic, these attendants are very knowledgeable.

So! Do you want a professional nutritional assessment? I am a phone call or an email away.


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