If vitamins are good, can’t I just take one pill to fix everything?

It depends on what you’re trying to fix!

If you’re trying to cover all your vitamin needs in one pill or reach optimum levels of vitamins and minerals with one vitamin – the answer is probably not.

It’s tempting to think that if you could just find the right vitamin, the right brand, or the right formula that you could cover your entire vitamin needs with one pill.  This would be both convenient, easier to remember and a quick – an easy nutritional grand-slam all at once.  As the old adage goes – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is; and in this case I think that saying applies.

If you want to optimize your nutrition and your vitamin and nutrient levels, without just taking a random shot at it – you will want to take a look at what your typical diet is (I recommend a food log or journal as a good starting place) and see what your diet does a good job of providing, and what nutrients might be lacking.

It would also be a good idea to talk with your family doctor about your plans and see what he would suggest.  I would start by changing doctors if he told me not to be concerned about vitamins and minerals; hopefully he’ll suggest a blood test to look at levels of minerals, vitamin d , b6, b12 and other indicators of your overall health and nutritional level.

In addition to reviewing your diet and looking at finding out where specific indicators are in your blood, you also need to some labels.  If you want to try to do an all-in-one approach, you’ll have to check the labels carefully.  Most likely, you will find that a “one pill to fix it all” approach will still require more than one pill daily.   You may also need to add some additional supplements to reach optimum levels of specific vitamins such as C, D, some of the B vitamins, and certain minerals.

Make sure you read the upcoming posts that will highlight some of a few of the nutrients and give guidelines for healthy supplementation and some of the key vitamins and minerals you should specifically make sure are optimum – and why it’s important to your health.

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