What Vitamins Should I Take?

The question I get most frequently is "What Vitamins Should I Take?"

The Vitamin Supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar entity and I will warn you that a great deal of these supplements aren't doing the body much good.

Some feel like they are taking a handful of supplements a day or as some have told me "A whole meal's worth". As a septic pumper once told me, he sees far too many whole pills in the septic tanks he pumps on a daily basis to ever supplement himself. 

This is a reflection of the undesirable binding ingredients that the stomach cannot break down. This is particularly true if you have compromised digestion particularly gut permeability.

It's a good idea to obtain the majority of your vitamins & minerals directly from your food supply.  Supplementation is just that, "a supplementation to a food supply" both therapeutic and non-therapeutic.

Purchasing the correct supplements will ensure proper absorption in caplet, liquid or powder form.

So, what is a person to do?

  • Educate yourself first and that's where I will assist you
  • Purchase vitamin and mineral supplements derived from whole food sources
  • Testing is available and takes the guess work out. The most common test is the Vitamin D test, 25 hydroxyvitamin D

What Are Vitamins?

There are 13 different known vitamins, each with its own special role. Vitamins are essential to good health and without them, key body processes would not work efficiently and in some cases come to a screeching halt. Low levels of vitamins and minerals in our bodies prevent us from achieving optimum health. Vitamins function along with enzymes in chemical reaction necessary for human bodily function.

What Vitamins Should I Take?

Vitamins are classified into two groups and include a total of 13:

  • Fat Soluble Vitamins-are absorbed through the intestinal tract with the help of lipids(fats)and are stored in the tissue of the body. The 4 Vitamins are; A, D, E and K. These are the vitamins we need in the highest concentrations and are found mainly in animal tissue. Our low fat ways have depleted these vitamins consequently contributing to chronic disease such as cancer and heart disease.
  • Water Soluble Vitamins-are absorbed in our intestine, pass directly to the blood, and are carried to the tissues in which they will be utilized. Vitamin B12 requires a substance known as “intrinsic factor for absorption" and excreted in the urine on a daily basis. These are; Vitamin B and C. There are actually 8 forms of Vitamin B. Unofficial B Vitamins include Choline and Inositol

I know, you're still wondering, "What Vitamins Should I Take?"

Your vitamin list will be individual to your biochemical make up and based on the links provided, you will be able to get a pretty good idea of what you might need based on vitamin deficiencies you might not have been able to pin point in the past.

What Are Minerals?

There are at least 18 minerals that are known to human nutrition. Our bodies need minerals for proper composition of bones and blood and for maintenance of normal cell function. Minerals are classified into two categories, major and minor also known as "trace minerals".  On a daily basis, our bodies require more than 100 milligrams of major minerals and less than 100 milligrams of minor minerals. Now, not only a question of "What Vitamins Should I Take?" but "What Minerals Should I Take?" as well!

Major Minerals Include:

  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sulfur
  • Sodium
  • Chloride
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium

Trace Minerals Include:

  • Boron
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Selenium
  • Silicon
  • Vanadium
  • Zinc

Though we only need a very small amount of minerals, it is amazing to me the deficiencies that we as a society are experiencing today. Magnesium is one of the most depleted minerals in America today. This is caused by soil depletion, a poor diet and alcohol abuse. Both rampant in our overly processed world. With more than 300 chemical reactions, we can't afford to allow this deficiency in our diets.

In the links I will be providing, you should be able to answer the pressing question, "What Vitamins Should I Take?" or at least know the pressing questions you might want to talk to your Dr. about.

If you would like a personal consultation and supplement recommendation, feel free to check out my coaching page.   The links to the left represent some of my preferred brands as well as supplements.  Quite frankly, I prefer a nice green powder that you can add to water over a capsule.

Your best source of minerals are derived from green sea vegetables. Don't turn your nose up just yet! When I began exploring healthy food choices, I was not a fish eater. The thought of anything from the sea unless it was a deep fried prawn did not excite me. This is why the following recipe is a superior source of great taste and high mineral value. This soup is a perfect therapeutic soup for those suffering mineral deficiencies and/or osteopenia/osteoperosis, or just a boost to nutrition by sipping a small cup with one of your meals daily.

Bone Broth Mineral Infusion

  • Carcass from one Organic Free Range Chicken
  • 3 Tbs. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2-4" Strips Kombu Seaweed
  • Large Stock Pot
  • Pure Water

(When I say pure water, I refer to bottled or filtered ie: Pur Filters)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to large stock pot and cover with pure water. Let simmer on low for 8-24 hours. Pour broth through a strainer and bottle in mason jars when cooled and refrigerate or freeze.

For those too busy to make a large stock pot full of broth, you can take a short cut. Simmer one 2" strip of kombu or other sea vegetables in a cup of organic chicken or vegetable stock for 20 minutes on low and sip. You won't get the valuable calcium like that of the bone broth but valuable minerals are contained in the sea vegetables.

Iron and selenium can be dangerous if taken in high amounts so check with your Dr. before supplementing with either, more particularly iron.

Selenium RDA's can be obtained with the addition of about 3 brazil nuts daily and those can be added to a smoothie.

My Green Breakfast Smoothie is loaded with valuable minerals from the nuts and seeds as well, green leafy veggies!

Your everyday minerals and the types of minerals you consume contribute to a healthier working body free of disease. Zinc supplementation for example in studies decreased "All Cause Mortality" by 49%!

That's an impressive percentage and one that we should all perk up and listen to!

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Benefits of Vitamin A

Benefits of Vitamin D

Benefits of Vitamin E

Benefits of Vitamin K

Benefits of Vitamin B

Benefits of Vitamin C

Types of Minerals

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