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Wellness Wednesday- Setting the Record Straight on Taking Vitamins

MarikaTaylor

Taking daily vitamins to stay healthy seems like a no brainer, however taking vitamins might not be doing as much as you think after all. A recent review of 78 studies found that antioxidant supplements don’t reduce the risk of death or disease, but that doesn’t eliminate all vitamins.  With an endless variety of vitamins to choose from it is important to know what is right for you and your body.  To simplify the process and determine what vitamins you should and should not take; read the following tips to save time, energy and headache when it comes to choosing vitamins.

 

  1. Vitamins don’t replace bad habits -  If you have a record of unhealthy habits such as smoking, eating  unhealthy, or drinking, taking vitamins cannot protect you from future diseases
  2. What you eat is more important than the vitamins you take – supplements are not substitutes for nutrients found in food.  Sarah always stresses the important of REAL quality foods to obtain all the natural  nutrients, which is always better than any pill
  3. Most of the nutrients you need you already are getting – According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 90 percent of Americans have the recommended levels of essential nutrients.  Many of the foods we eat in our daily meals provide us  with the nutrients we need such as Vitamin D, folic acid, and calcium
  4. Vitamins are necessary if you are not eating foods with certain nutrients because of dietary regimens, preferences or restrictions.

To determine what vitamins you do need based on your diet, age and amount of physical activity refer to the detailed chart that outlines which vitamins do what, how much you should take and who it is best for. The chart can be found at http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1j0pcW. Remember everyone is different and just because someone else takes certain vitamins doesn’t mean it’s best for you.