The stress and busyness of modern life means that we do not always followed a healthy and balanced diet. Consider adding vitamins and mineral supplements to improve your overall well being and diet. We will take you the best time to take your vitamins and how to choose the right vitamins and supplements for your own personal needs.
As with all medical or health advice, you should discuss vitamin, mineral and other health supplements with your doctor first before going ahead.
WHICH VITAMINS SHOULD I BE TAKING?
You should look into any specific needs you might have first. If you are a vegan, you may require extra B-12 that is found in meat. Pregnant women often need extra folic acid. If you do not eat much fruit, consider potassium supplements. Women over 50 require more calcium and might want to consider taking a daily aspirin too.
If you are regularly taking medication, these might interfere with vitamin absorption or affect the recommended dosage. For example, if you are taking a statin drug, you may not require as much Vitamin C or E supplements.
If you do not have any specific requirement, then consider taking a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. Contrary to popular opinion, these work just as effectively as the individual tablets. The only downside is that there isn’t one single pill that combines every recommended amount of every vitamin and mineral the body requires.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TAKE MY VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS?
Liquid vitamins have an advantage over pills and tablets in that they work 9 times faster. Tablets have to pass through the digestive tract, whereas liquid vitamins pass straight into the bloodstream.
If you do take tablets and pills, which is perfectly fine, take them with water and food. The water will help the tablet to dissolve more quickly, and eating will produce the digestive enzymes to break down the tablet and help your body absorb the supplements more effectively.
A small amount of apple cider vinegar further stimulates the production of digestive juices and will aid vitamin absorption further.
THE BEST TIME TO TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
The best time to take your vitamins is directly after a meal so that the tablet may be digested with the food together. Taking a vitamin pill after breakfast is a good idea and it creates a regular ritual and thus will be forgotten less easily. Put the vitamin bottle right by your cereal so you do not forget.
DON’T FORGET TO RE-EVALUATE YOUR VITAMIN AND MINERAL NEEDS EVERY NOW AND AGAIN
Your body’s nutrient requirements may change from time to time according to your age, your dietary and lifestyle habits and your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, so re-evaluate your supplement intake from time to time.
To your good health and well being!