When I first got started with the wellness coaching for my nutrition organization, one of the products they used for optimal health was LOW-POTENCY multivitamins that had to be taken THREE times a day! I wasn’t used to this, because I’ve been taught to only take HIGH-POTENCY multivitamins ONCE a day. I was always weary of taking more than one multivitamin a day. In fact, I used to only take high-potency multivitamins once EVERY OTHER DAY due to the high content of vitamins A and D, fat-soluble vitamins that are stored in your fat cells. Too many of these vitamins could cause toxicity in your liver.
Today, more and more folks, realizing the great need to supplement their nutritional needs with vitamins, are AT LEAST taking high-potency multivitamins, believing that this one vitamin with it’s high-content of many vitamins and minerals will be enough to get them through the day. However, high-potency multivitamins could be ineffective as your body is pretty much peeing most of those vitamins and minerals away.
The one thing to understand about your body is that it doesn’t like EXCESS. Your body doesn’t want too much of anything and it doesn’t want too little of it. It wants just enough for the time being, and when it needs more, it’ll let you know. Take hunger for instance. Nobody gets hungry once a day, do they? If that were the case, our stomachs would be a heck of a lot larger to hold more food. But we only need to eat just enough for a little while until the body needs more food.
With vitamins and minerals, the body just wants enough for the morning, the afternoon, and the evening. The body does not and WILL NOT process too many vitamins and minerals at once. The body would only use what it needs for the time being, and would either store the unused nutrients in the body or simply pee them out.
Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K are stored in the fat cells for later use. However, too much of these vitamins could still be excreted through your feces or urine. Water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C and the eight B vitamins are peed out if not used. The minerals could either be stored or peed out. But basically, if the body doesn’t need it and if it doesn’t want to store it, it will pee out what it doesn’t use.
So, in the morning when you eat your breakfast and take your high-potency multivitamin, your body may only use 20 percent of that vitamin and pee the rest away. The nutrients you get from your food as well from your vitamin may be more than enough for the body to handle. But you think that multivitamin could carry you over for the entire day. Think again.
Your body has different needs during different times of the day. Your body needs a certain amount of nutrients in the morning and a certain amount in the afternoon. And depending on how active your day is, the needs of nutrients could vary significantly, especially if you exercise frequently. If you have a very active lifestyle, your body uses up nutrients more frequently, requiring that you always supply your body with nutrients. Taking only one high-potency multivitamin and trying to eat right is not enough for your body. In fact, it could be just simply a waste of money to buy that $10 multivitamin seeing that perhaps $8 of it is literally going in the toilet…or on the side of a wall, depending on your gender.
Another thing about multivitamins is that not all are created equal. Some are just created by a group of folks who threw a bunch of vitamins and minerals together, as well as “fillers.” Some of these vitamin supplements may not give you the proper dosage needed for the body. Making and selling vitamins isn’t all that hard to do. You could go to a dollar store and find vitamins there. Who in the world would make vitamins that would sell for a dollar? Our multivitamins are actually formulated by a group of scientists and medical doctors so that the vitamins would supply just enough nutrients that your body needs at any given time, and these multivitamins are easily absorptive so that you could be sure that your body is utilizing the tablets very well.
Another thing that people do is to take multivitamins as well as 10 other individualized vitamins. Unless there is a medical need, it isn’t necessary to chug down 100 different tablets a day. Not only could this be toxic to your liver, since your liver is the main organ that metabolize (or break down or process) these vitamins and minerals, but since your body hates excess, it’s going to pee out as much of the unneeded nutrients as possible. And all that peeing leads to dehydration if you’re not drinking enough water. Your body would use it’s own source of water to help get rid of the excess.
“But I feel fine!” you say. “I’ve been taking all these vitamins for years and never had a problem.” You probably didn’t have a problem because your body was peeing out the excess. Otherwise, you WOULD have a problem if all those unused nutrients build up in your body over time. You feel great because your body is regulating the amount of nutrients it’s going to need for a certain time. But your body isn’t using all the other 70 bottles of supplements you buy. Over half of those bottles are being peed out every day.
Remember, your body only wants what it needs, and no more. Pounding it with unnecessary amounts of nutrients is simply giving your body a reason to hit the bathroom every half-hour.
So now, I’d gladly take our multivitamins two to three times a day. They are low-potency, but that is what the body prefers. Not too much, not too little, but just enough for the time being.