We think of spring as a time for new beginnings and a fresh start. However, lately it seems to be more of the same. That is, more of the confusion… Confusion about what vitamins to take, of course.
For years patients would come in to see us, asking what vitamins they should take to feel better. Many were not taking anything because they were so confused and had heard and seen so much conflicting information in the media. Many were taking bags full of supplements, unsure exactly why and often based on questionable suggestions from friends. As physicians this causes us great concern.
People do not always realize that taking the wrong vitamins and supplements can be down right dangerous. Just as with any medication, vitamins -if taken improperly- can cause great harm. In fact, a recent study that has been in the news a lot talks about the perils of taking too much Vitamin D. Yet, we know that many people are vitamin D deficient and can benefit from this important vitamin that aids in bone health, mood, immunity and prevention of memory loss. So figuring out just who should take how much is the key.
Many people come in to see us and are not taking any vitamins at all because they are so confused by all of the information coming at them from different sources. They describe walking down the aisle at Whole Foods perplexed by all of the different bottles and unsure which to choose.
Perhaps much of the confusion stems from the fact that the answer is not the same for everyone. In fact, we are all not the same. The shark cartilage your neighbor swears by make not suite you so well. We all have different diets, different lifestyles and different health histories. The vegetarian who lives in California, getting year round sun exposure may have different nutritional needs than the meat eater in Minnesota with a family history of osteoporosis. You get the point. (Take our vitamin quiz to find out about what you should take.)
Feeling more confused? Don’t be! This is where the fresh start comes in. Certain nutrients are important and useful. If taken in safe and proper doses, vitamins can be essential for all of our health. By taking our vitamin survey with a series of detailed yet targeted questions, you can obtain the perfect custom blend of nutrients to meet your individual needs. A custom all in one vitamin takes your exact vitamin needs into account and provide you with a simple one pill solution (take two pills daily).
Make this spring a chance to start fresh with your health! Taking the right vitamins can be an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, that also includes proper diet, exercise and sleep habits. Find Your Vous with our vitamin quiz.
Romy Block specializes in Endocrinology and Metabolism and is mother to three active adolescent boys. Arielle Levitan is a Doctor of Internal Medicine with a special interest in Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health. She is a mother of three teen agers. As professional women with active family lives, they recognize that people often neglect their own health needs and are uncertain about what vitamins to take. Each person is different in her diet, exercise and health history, and will benefit from different nutrients. After years of advising their patients about the proper vitamins to take, Drs. Block and Levitan created Vous Vitamin® to provide people everywhere with quality vitamins that are suited to their individual needs. They are authors of the award winning The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear Confusion About Vitamins and Your Health (She Writes Press, 2015). Take your vitamin survey now to get exactly the right vitamins for your needs.
The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products offered by Vous Vitamin® are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Nothing contained herein is intended to be a diagnosis or constitute medical advice. The symptoms described in this Blog may be a result of a serious medical condition which requires medical treatment. You should consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this Blog and before beginning any vitamin or supplement regimen.