Are you Taking the 5 Supplements?
Did you know that you could potentially be taking too many supplements? For those that say you can’t take too much of a supplement, well I hate to break it to you, but there are some that we do take too much of, and that’s a problem. This article will go over the five supplements that we are taking way too much of, and why we should be careful with this.
Probably one of the few supplements that is often misconstrued is calcium. For many years, women will hear the message that they need a ton of calcium in order to have strong bones, so that they don’t get osteoporosis, and the like. But, that actually can be the opposite for some women. In fact, calcium supplements might not actually get to the bone, like we desire. Yes, you get more than enough calcium if you eat a lot of dairy. However, if you’re taking supplements with this, it actually can calcify the arteries and the soft tissues. This actually increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, and really any problems related to the heart. So in fact, calcium isn’t the solution that you should be looking at when it comes to giving your body more supplements.
But not only that, calcium actually can cause you to get way more kidney stones if you’re susceptible to them. Those are super painful, and it is definitely something that you don’t want to have to deal with.
Now, how do you get calcium? Well, the answer is simple. You want it from your food. If you’re eating the right kinds of foods, well guess what, you’ll get this from it, and you’ll get your recommended amount from it. Nondairy foods such as leafy greens, sardines, salmon, almonds, white beans, and even broccoli can help you get more than enough calcium in a day. If you’re worried you’re not getting enough, talk to a doctor first before you start to get onto a regimen of calcium supplements, since it can ultimately make the damage a whole lot worse if you’re not careful.
This is one that has a lot of false information surrounding it, but if you’re able to really give yourself the health benefits that you want, you’ll be much happier, and you’ll feel better too.
This is another one that’s actually riddled with false information surrounding it as well. Now, vitamin C is actually one of the most popular vitamins available in our foods, especially if you have a diet of fruits and veggies. Now, early exploration made getting enough vitamin C a problem, since many people died from scurvy, which was caused by not enough vitamin C. If you were living in the 1700s, this would be a much bigger problem, since this was a common problem, and many times, people suffered because they didn’t know of this vitamin. However, vitamin C was discovered in the 1930, and since then, it actually has caused a lot of problems in terms of information and how false it is.
Now, you’ve heard about how Vitamin C stops colds right? I mean like a stupid large amount that is taken before the onset of a cold in order to prevent it, right? While that might seem like a good idea, it’s actually super flawed, and that is a huge point that needs to be addressed.
Here’s the truth: vitamin C doesn’t prevent or magically cure colds. These mega doses actually don’t make it easier for you, and in fact, it can make things a whole lot more painful for you. While you can’t overdose on vitamin C, you can however, increase your risk for getting kidney stones, which are super painful and never fun, so if you don’t want to put yourself at risk for getting those multiple times, stop taking Vitamin C tablets like they’re pills, and start getting it directly from your fruits and veggies.
Besides, getting a serving of vitamin C is incredibly easy, so there really isn’t a reason for you to be taking it. It’s important to stop doing this, since too much of this actually causes a whole lot of problems for you in the future.
Vitamin E is another vitamin that has a little bit of false information surrounding it. Now, having too much Vitamin E can actually cause you to put yourself in danger. These are fat-soluble, so that means they only leave if you’re burning fat. Now, if you’re taking a high dosage of this, it actually wont’ leave, which in turn will cause great harm to the body.
But, it’s also the false information that it can help you reduce the risk of heart disease, cataracts, cancers, and Alzheimer’s. There is information that says that this vitamin in particular can help with improving nerve function, but in some studies, it actually has caused a lot more harm than good. For one thing, there was an increased risk of cancer in men who take 400 IU of this.
Now, how much vitamin E do you need? The answer, only about 22 IU each day. usually, those tablets are about 100-200 IU, so that’s 5-10 times the recommended amount. You see where this will lead? You’re going to end up poisoning yourself if you’re not careful.
Now, another study also showed that your overall risk of dying is actually higher in those that have higher doses of Vitamin E than those that don’t. Now, it’s important to make sure that you’re not taking a lot.
Now, if you’re worried about the multivitamins that contain Vitamin E, don’t worry. Most of these have enough vitamin E that it won’t actually cause you to feel these effects.
You do need vitamin E in order to retain moisture, and you can put this on your affected areas to help with this. but, if you’re taking separate supplements to help with this, put down the 400 IU of vitamin E, and start to get it naturally from the foods that you eat.
Now, iodine is one of those things that can actually greatly affect you if you take too much of it. The thing is, you actually get enough of this in your diet naturally.
With iodine, it really shouldn’t be taken unless your doctor tells you that you need it. Iodine is the thyroid vitamin, and it can help you if you have an underactive or an overactive thyroid. If you notice that this is going on, then yes, it can be a helpful tool to help you combat these problems.
But, it’s when you’re taking this willy-nilly, and way too much of it, that you start to create problems. You don’t need to take this, since it actually naturally reoccurs in foods, and an iodine deficiency is also really rare. The food that we eat is already supplemented with this, so you don’t need it. but, what happens if you do take it?
Well, iodine actually can cause your thyroid to be messed up. If you take too little, it can become underactive, and the same if you take too much of it. It is a key part of the hormones that are produced there, so it’s spar important to make sure you’re not taking more than you need to. If you end up with thyroid issues, it can stay with you for life. If you’re really worried about this, you should talk to your doctor, and get this checked out directly by them. There is no sense of putting yourself at risk, and if you do want to take a supplement because you suspect this, you should always talk to your doctor, and get the one that they recommend for you. Don’t just take one that you see on the health food store shelf, since it might be too big of a dose.
Vitamin A and Beta Carotene
Vitamin A and beta carotene are part of the triple threat of vitamins that are anti-oxidants. These have been promoted by various outlets for how they can prevent cancer. If you go to any natural news place, they ill tell that you that prevents cancer. However, there is one problem with this.
The evidence isn’t actually supported. In a large study, it actually does the opposite. If you smoke, chances are you’re going to have lung cancer if you take vitamin A, versus those that don’t take it.
Now, vitamin A is super important in vision, and it’s important that you get enough, but here’s the thing, eating some carrots should give you more than enough of this. You don’t need to be taking a ton of Vitamin A. It’s available in your food.
Now, on the flip side, it actually can be toxic. If you take too much of this, it can cause multiple side effects that are very serious. This is another one of those vitamins, like Vitamin E, that isn’t soluble by water, but instead by the fat in your body. It’s important to keep in mind.
It actually can cause liver failure in a lot of people. For example, let’s take the early explorers in the polar region, it actually caused their livers to fail, and that’s how they would get poisoned. There are countless accounts of this, and if you take too much, this puts a ton of strain on your liver period, which isn’t fun. You should make sure, if you are taking a vitamin A supplement, that you’re not taking too much. Ideally, you should be able to get it all from the foods that you eat, so you don’t even have to consult something like this. Think about it, it can do a whole lot of damage if you’re not careful.
With these five vitamins, you need to be very careful with them. While it might seem like you can’t get enough, chances are, you can, you already have been, and you’re hurting yourself if you do end up taking these as a supplement. It’s important to watch out for this.
What to do now?
What do you do now? Especially since you’ve been taking this when you probably don’t need to, or maybe you’ve considered taking supplements, but now after reading this, it’s not recommended? Well, the answer is obvious.
Take a look at your diet. Look at exactly what you’re eating, and look at the vitamins and minerals inside of there. If you’re not eating a good diet, then chances are, this is where you look first. Don’t turn to taking a supplement if you don’t have to. The problem can lie in the food that you eat. Start to create a diet that’s heavy in fruits and veggies, and from there, you’ll be able to net the health benefits, without having to overdose on these vitamins.
Just remember that vitamin positioning is very dangerous, and it does have the risk of killing you. If you are worried that you are at risk for this, you need to consult your doctor. You need to look at what you’re putting into the body, and from there, taking a stand and changing this.
If you have a good diet, but your doctor says it’s lacking, then it’s time for you to take a vitamin. You should make sure that, if you do end up taking this, you see a doctor and make sure that you’re getting the right dosage. Use the supplements that you’re told to get, and don’t go with anything different, since it might tend to have more than the amount that you need. Also, make sure that you don’t take more than necessary, since it can ultimately affect you.
If you’re worried about this, then the best thing to do is to see a doctor that will help. You owe it to yourself to have a healthy body, and by taking care of it now, and watching what you put in, it’s much better for you.