Everything You Need to Know Before Taking Vitamins
First of all, good for you for wanting to take more control of your health. With so many additives and preservatives in our food these days, it’s awesome that you are looking for ways to make sure your body is getting everything it needs to make it to your next goal.
But are all vitamins the same? Does it even matter? Yes, it most definitely does. You need to do a bit of research before you blindly grab any bottle off of the shelf. Let’s look at some things you should know about vitamin taking.
Know Your Age
If you are still taking the Flintstones Vitamins, we have bigger problems. Your vitamin should match your age range. Yes, it makes a difference. You can’t party like you did in college, so don’t take the same vitamin that a toddler takes.
There are so many kinds, I know it can be overwhelming. You are going to have to read the bottles, or look them up online. These days vitamins have been so thoroughly cultivated to your specific age and gender that you would really be doing yourself a disservice by not taking advantage of that. Look for your group.
- Male, adult
- Male, over 50
- Male, over 70
- Female, pregnant
- Female, adult
- Female, over 50
- Female, over 70
There are some that get even more specific, but you should at least make sure you are in your range. And like with medications, never give a child an adult vitamin.
Know What You Need
What is your body lacking? If you are taking a vitamin just to take one, that's not great. It’s better to know exactly what your body needs. If you don’t know if you need more calcium or more iron, you should have a quick checkup with your doctor.
If you feel tired all of the time, or don’t have the best and most consistent diet, your doctor can steer you towards what you are missing. You should only be taking a vitamin if your health needs it.
You also need to be patient. How long does it take for vitamins to work? It depends on how depleted you are in that nutrient and how consistantly you take them. You could feel your energy come back in under a month or it might take a few months for your skin to reap the vitamin C benefits.
Know that you need to take them regularly and give it a bit of time. Nothing "guarenteed overnight" is something you should be taking. Results are never immediate. It's not surgery. Even then there is a healing process right?
Make Sure It’s Approved
Please make sure it has been tested and approved. As with anything you put in your body, you want to make sure you won’t have any side effects, that it’s safe, and that you won’t find out later that it is harmful.
- Check the manufacturing process
- Make sure the vitamin is tested for quality
- Check for the seal of approval
- Look for labels with UPS or NSF
- Check the ingredients
- When in doubt, go organic and herbal
I wouldn’t take a medication that hasn’t been tried and tested. You should pay attention to what you are putting in your body. Even something to improve your health, like a vitamin, needs to have regulations.
Don’t Fall for Gimmicks
No vitamin will cure you of all diseases, bring your eyesight back to perfect 20/20 vision, or any other miracle. If you see something like that on the label, maybe go ahead and put that back down.
Also, no vitamin will give you all of the nutrients and minerals you need. Do not take a vitamin thinking you won’t have to eat right. That’s not how that works guys.
You can cause damage to your body by taking too many vitamins and getting too much of a certain mineral or nutrient. You also need to watch out how much you take. You can’t take a few extra because you forgot to take one the other day. You can’t take more because you are extra tired and need a pick me up. That’s what coffee is for.
Larry Alton is a blogger and passionate writer at studyclerk.com. He loves cooking and is fond of travelling.