Multivitamins & Minerals
I’ve heard both sides of the argument: “Taking multivitamins and minerals is a waste because you just end up peeing it out and not absorbing anything” versus “Taking multivitamins is beneficial for your overall health”. The debate is a heated one: opinions abound from friends, family members, and social media. So who do you believe? And is it worth your while to shell out money for multivitamins and mineral supplements?
Take Inventory of Your Diet
If you’ve noticed that your diet tends to be nutrient deficient and in need of a boost, multivitamins and minerals can potentially make up for these deficiencies. They can also be helpful when you’re taking certain medications, dealing with digestive issues, or pregnant. While ideally, we would track our vitamin and mineral intake on a regular basis, this is not realistic for most people with busy schedules. On top of this, not everyone has ease of access to quality food due to budget constraints. Popping a multivitamin is a quick and easy way to ensure you’re receiving adequate nutrients when your diet doesn’t cut it.
With so many different diets in existence, it’s important to ensure your diet is being supplemented by adequate nutrients. Whether you’re following a vegan diet, the keto diet, or a low carbohydrate diet, or perhaps you’re fasting for cultural or religious reasons, a multivitamin can be your ticket to sustained health.
Know the Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of an overall vitamin deficiency can be very visible and easy to detect. Some general things to watch out for include hair loss, hair breakage, brittle nails, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, skin conditions, bone discomfort, slow-healing wounds and poor night vision. Identifying which symptoms are associated with which vitamin deficiency is also important. Cue a medical professional to assist you with this process.
Get Your Levels Checked
Communicate any symptoms of vitamin deficiency that you experience with your doctor and request that your vitamin levels be tested for. Simple blood tests can reveal what you are deficient in but oftentimes these tests are not part of a routine exam. Don’t hesitate to speak up and request that these tests be performed. The key to addressing vitamin deficiencies is to identify them early on. Never take more than the recommended dosage of a multivitamin and consult with a doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
“Health is wealth”, a mantra Jessica’s mother regularly repeated throughout her childhood. Jessica values achieving balance and wholeness in both arenas of mental and physical health. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a practicing mental health therapist, Jessica promotes healthy living, self-care, mindfulness, and above all, kindness towards self.