Let’s chat about something super important – vitamins and minerals! Think of them as your body’s unsung heroes. Calcium, for instance, isn’t just for strong bones, and iron does more than just keep your blood oxygenated. These powerhouses are crucial for keeping us lively and kicking.
Now, here’s the catch: getting these minerals into our system isn’t always a walk in the park. Our modern lifestyle can throw a wrench in how well our bodies absorb them. But, don’t worry, here are some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your vitamins and minerals.
First off, our soil is in a bit of a crisis. Thanks to modern farming methods, it’s being depleted of its nutrient mojo. Hence, veggies and fruits are less packed with vitamins and minerals than they used to be. And guess what? The widespread use of fertilizers and pesticides is compounding this problem exponentially.1
Now, let’s talk about our diets. We’re living in the era of ultra-processed, grab-and-go foods. Sure, they’re convenient and tasty, but they’re often lacking in the vitamin and mineral department. This shift in eating habits makes it a real challenge to get what our bodies need.1
Don’t lose hope just yet, it’s still possible to get adequate minerals. Being mindful about your food choices and considering mineral supplements can help bridge the gap.
Vitamin A, D, E, and K: These fat-soluble vitamins are best absorbed with a meal containing fat. Here are the benefits of these key vitamins:
Vitamin C is best absorbed on an empty stomach and in amounts of up to 500 mg at a time. To avoid any interactions with other supplements, it is best to take Vitamin C at a different time than your B vitamins and calcium supplements. Known as ascorbic acid, it is a water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in maintaining good health. Here are some of the key benefits of Vitamin C:
B-Complex Vitamins are a group of essential water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in maintaining good health. To make the most of your B-complex vitamins, split your dose into two. Take one in the morning and one in the early afternoon on an empty stomach. Avoid taking your second dose at night, as B vitamins provide energy and could keep you awake. Here’s a brief overview of what each B vitamin does for the body:(2)(3)
Calcium is to be taken one dose in the morning and one with lunch, in amounts of up to 500 mg at a time. Here are some of the key roles that calcium plays in the body:(2)(3)
Iron is to be taken on an empty stomach. If you experience stomach pain, take it with food. Consider taking it with Vitamin C. Do not take it with magnesium, a multivitamin, calcium, milk or caffeine. Below are the ways iron supports the body:(2)(3)
Magnesium can be taken with or without food. Do not take it with very high doses of zinc. Here’s how magnesium promotes optimal health:(2)(3)
Vitamins and minerals are like the backstage crew of a blockbuster show in your body. They’re busy building and repairing tissues, boosting your immune system, energizing you and keeping all those complex chemical reactions in check. Getting enough of these tiny titans is crucial for your health and keeping those pesky chronic diseases at bay.
With just a little bit of know-how and effort, you can totally rock your vitamin and mineral intake! Albeit, it’s about embracing a diet rich in fresh, varied foods and when needed, supplements. Furthermore, it’s not just about consuming them, it’s about absorbing them effectively. So, keep vitamin and mineral absorption on your radar and give your body the nourishment it deserves for a vibrant, energetic life.
Disclaimer: Please consult with a doctor being starting any supplements as supplements are known to have contraindications with certain medications. Keep in mind, supplements are not regulated by the FDA and its important that you find high quality supplements. Click here for a guide on how to differentiate between high and low quality supplements.
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