We all grew up taking our Flintstones vitamins each morning with our sugar-filled fruit loops and orange juice. If you were like my family, this really only occurred on the weekends because that was the only time we were actually able to all sit down together for breakfast. During the weekdays, it was a Pop-Tart on the way out of the house and on our way to school so vitamins were not even a thought. As we’ve gotten older, life has not slowed down any, but we are gradually becoming more and more unhealthy as a society. With the new year here, I am sure you have a conscious (or subconscious) goal of being healthier this year. With that goal in mind, there are likely 3 actions you are looking to take: 1. Eat better 2. Exercise 3. Take vitamins. The first 2 are each a beast in themselves and take more than 30 seconds to do daily, so we’ll save those topics for another post. But right now, I want to tackle vitamins. Being 24, I think I may have grown out of the Flintstones chewables so what should I be taking? Do I need the same things as my 57 year old father? Can I buy Women’s Daily and just not tell him it’s for females? Or should I buy the Men’s Daily too? Is that one vitamin enough?
This is what I want to simplify and I’ll save you the hours (more like years of schooling) researching the topic and clear it up in 6 answers.
Multivitamin: We only have so much time in a day to eat, and when we do eat, we usually aren’t consuming enough of the right things to fulfill our body’s daily vitamin fuel tank. So instead of trying to eat 9 cups of broccoli daily, just take a multivitamin. When looking for a quality multi, you want to look for Vitamin E included as mixed tocopherols meaning it’s an E complex, not just one kind of Vitamin E. Also make sure it does not have any added synthetic colors, fillers, or ingredients that producers add to increase shelf life. We don’t need anything “storing” on our internal shelves because that means we aren’t using it!
Vitamin D: You could permanently live out in the middle of the desert with very minimal clothes on 24 hours a day and you still wouldn’t have enough vitamin D. It has been proven that vitamin D prevents so many conditions such as depression, fatigue, prostate/breast cancer, skin carcinoma, bone and hair loss, and so many more. Vitamin D is crucial to our longevity. And chances are if you’re already taking it, you’re not taking enough. The recommended daily amount established by the FDA is far too low. You should be taking in 5,000-10,000 IU DAILY!
B complex: There are multiple B vitamins in a B complex including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12. Talk about more for your money! Individually, and collectively, B vitamins assist in brain development, mood management, nerve functions, red blood cell productions, and energy. If you are a female looking to become pregnant within the next year, you need to make B vitamins a must as this will help prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.
Calcium/Magnesium: These 2 are good buddies when it comes to our bodily functions. They are both co-factors that assist in our cycles that produce and store energy, along with maintaining bone health, nerve function, regulating heartbeat, blood pressure, and blood sugar (that’s you diabetics!)
Omega-3 Fish Oil: How often do we hear of someone in their 50’s having a heart attack? It has basically become a normal thing now…how scary is that?!? The most important muscle in our body and it’s one of the first things to be damaged at a young age. Omega-3 fatty acids are the healthy fats that help our “bad” cholesterol (LDL) so it is no surprise that fish oil will be the biggest help in increasing heart health.
Probiotic: There are good bugs, and bad bugs, and you likely have plenty of bad bugs in your gut from the food we eat. Having an improper bacteria balance in our gut leads to so much, but most commonly would be indigestion, constipation, and bloating. With a probiotic, it replenishes the gut with “good bugs” to (a) rid of the bad bugs, and (b) help us properly digest the food we put into it. If you think your daily bowl of yogurt is doing the job, think again. Even if you are eating full fat, PLAIN greek yogurt (which tastes like sour cream by the way) you are likely putting fruit in it to make it somewhat enjoyable or are buying a flavored kind to achieve the same, which in either case, the probiotic effects are being canceled out due to the additions. No sense in choking down a cup of that every day while also adding the additional calories and dairy into your system. Don’t wait another day. Go get a LIVE probiotic now!
When it comes to buying supplements, you will quickly find there are a bazillion different brands at a variety of prices. The goal is to find the purest form at the highest potency. A few brands I prefer are NOW foods, Metagenics, and Anabolic Labs but there are many great options to choose from. My biggest advice when it comes to vitamins: BE CONSISTENT! Find a time of day that you will always remember to take them and have them pre-sorted out so you don’t have the inconvenience of getting out 6 bottles each time. Convenience is everything.
*EveryBODY is different, so consult your Chiropractor before starting or increasing any vitamin regiments. If you're not sure what you may or may not need, in depth Blood Analysis is always a good idea to determine your needs. At Back to Health of Anthem, your health is our priority and we can help point you in the right direction. Give us a call at 623-551-6677 and set up a consult.
Dr. Courtney Knight
*Az Chiropractic License Pending*
Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
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