Scientists, nutritionists and all sorts of health care professionals have been debating the necessity of taking vitamins since vitamins were discovered.
Some health care professionals feel that you should be able to get all of your vitamins and minerals that your body needs out of the food you eat on a daily basis. Others feel that you should only take vitamins or minerals if you have a specific health issue that require certain vitamins to heal or if an illness has depleted your body of a certain vitamin.While this is true, it is not the whole picture.
In theory it makes sense that you should get all of your vitamins and minerals that you require out of the food that you eat. The vitamins that you get from fresh food will be better than the vitamins that you take in a pill. But it is very hard to get all of the vitamins and minerals that you require for optimum health out of your diet, unless you know what you are doing nutritionally.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are choc full of vitamins and minerals. The vitamins found in fresh fruit and vegetables will be easier for the body to assimilate and absorb. The body will get more use from the fresh version of a vitamin than in a pill form. It is a more natural form.
Most of us however, do not follow a healthy, well rounded eating regimen. Even if you do follow a healthy diet and eat fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, you still will benefit from taking vitamins. If you don’t watch what you eat closely, then there is even more of a reason to take vitamins.
A good thing about taking vitamins is that if you take too much of a vitamin, your body will get rid of it in your urine. Most vitamins are water soluble. This means that they dissolve in water and will not be stored in other areas of your body like in your fat cells.
It is possible to take too many vitamins. If you take too many they can become toxic. But if you take what the RDA recommends, or even a little more, then you will be fine. Any extra vitamins in your system will be excreted through your urine. You have to try hard to take so many vitamins that they become toxic to your system.
A major benefit to taking vitamins is that they can actually slow down your aging process.
A leading theory on aging right now is that aging is free radical based. Free radicals are negatively charged particles that are found in processed foods and other bad for you foods. When digested, free radicals wreak havoc on systems throughout the body. They can attach themselves to molecules and disrupt cellular function and processes and can cause damage to almost anything in the body. This disruption creates inflammation and causes the body to break down faster than it would otherwise.
Anti-oxidants are found in vitamins. Anti-oxidants are positively charged particles that attach to free radicals to destroy them before they have a chance to cause chaos and inflammation throughout the body. Taking a multi-vitamin will therefore slow down your aging process.
Taking a multi-vitamin will also influence how well you recover from injury and from exercise. When you exercise you create inflammation, by tearing muscle fibers on a microscopic level. This is why you get sore after a workout. A good multi-vitamin will help decrease the inflammation produced by exercise and injury.
A good multi-vitamin will also help your muscles repair better after an injury or after exercise. When the muscle fibers tear, they have to be repaired. If the proper vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are not available for the muscle to repair itself, then the muscle will not be able to repair itself adequately. This will cause the muscle to become structurally weaker and less stabile than it was before. Therefore making you more injury prone than you were before.
Where you get your vitamins matters. One vitamin is not as good as another. Unfortunately, the better vitamins cost more money. The better vitamins are going to be more organic in nature and have less additives and chemicals. You will get better vitamins in organic food stores, whole foods, GNC, places like that. These vitamins will be better absorbed and assimilated into your body. You will get much more benefit from these vitamins versus the more synthetic ones.
Try to avoid vitamins that are found in chain drug stores, pharmacies, bulk food stores, grocery stores, or other similar stores. Generally the vitamins found in those places will be more synthetic in nature and will pass through your system without being absorbed. You will waste your money on those vitamins.
There are so many types of vitamins, how do you know which ones to take? The vitamin regimen I recommend is: a good multi-vitamin, fish oil (or some other form of omega-3-fatty acids), calcium with magnesium, and CoEnzyme Q10.
A good multi-vitamin will have all of the B vitamins in it. It will also have many of the trace minerals that your body requires. It will also contain some calcium, vitamin E, vitamin D and so. Do not mix the B vitamins unless under supervision from a health care professional. If you take too many of one type of B vitamin and not enough of another, you can create imbalances and which can eventually lead to health issues like pernicious anemia.
Omega-3-fatty acids are essential for decreasing and controlling systemic inflammation. They also help keep your heart healthy. They also can reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. You don’t have to take it in fish oil form. The other forms are flax seed oil, flax seed capsules, and there are other foods that we are finding out that have omega-3-fatty acids like chia seeds. Whatever the form, make sure to take at least 1000 mg of the omega-3-fatty acids per day. If you are in pain, a therapeutic dose is 2 to 3000 mg per day. This dosage can take the edge off of pain and help you to feel better.
Calcium with magnesium is also essential. Calcium helps to prevent osteo-pororsis and helps to keep bones strong. Magnesium aids the body in absorbing calcium.
CoEnzyme Q10 helps keep your heart healthy. Your heart is a muscle and needs its’ own blood supply in order to function properly. CoEnzyme Q10 assists in keeping the blood flow to your heart strong so it can keep pumping blood throughout the body.
Even if you take all of these vitamins, it is important to keep in mind that they are not a substitute for exercise or eating right. Vitamins are supplements. They are meant to be a supplement for a healthy lifestyle.
Many people will take vitamins and stop exercising and eating right. They think that the vitamins will keep them healthy and they don’t have to worry about taking care of themselves otherwise. This is false. Vitamins will help you feel better and help your body to function at a higher level and function more efficiently. Vitamins are not meant to be, nor were they designed to be, substitutes for exercise and eating right.
If used in the right way, vitamins can be a great tool for helping you to feel better and can slow down the degeneration of your body. They can help your body heal quicker, improve your immune system, and help most processes throughout your body function more optimally. Not to mention that they are safe to take and easy on your body. They usually won’t cause side effects, and if they do, they won’t be nearly as severe as from pharmaceuticals or drugs.
Feeling better and reducing pain through exercise and eating right is easy and possible. Vitamins can be a great supplement to a healthy lifestyle, allowing you to feel even better and function on a higher level than you would without them. Feeling better and living better through proper eating and exercise is The Pain Free Way.