October 14, 2021 5 min read
Do you take any supplements on a regular basis?
Our modern diets provide less and less of the vitamins and minerals we all need for our health and well-being. Modern farming methods strip nutrients from the soil, while pasteurization, pesticides and other chemicals ensure that what we eat and drink is stripped of essential vitamins and minerals.
To ensure that we are providing our bodies with all the necessary minerals and vitamins daily, supplements are a fantastic solution. Although taking supplements seems simple, there are many ways to make mistakes. Taking vitamins correctly can have an impact on how much your health benefits.
How certain are you about your supplement routine?
In this article, we inform you about some common mistakes people make when taking supplements. Learn from the pitfalls and avoid them in your own healthy routine!
"If I take my vitamins in capsule form every day, I won't need to eat fruits and vegetables anymore." If that's your opinion, you're sorely mistaken! Supplements are there to complete your diet. However, taking them doesn't mean you can give up a healthy and balanced diet. Try to get as many different colors on your plate. Eat fruits and vegetables daily and take your supplements to support your healthy lifestyle. You can't expect results from supplements if you're eating an unbalanced diet.
Do you know the recommended dose of all your supplements? No?! Then you should go and check the label on your supplement and ask a doctor. More is not automatically better! If you take too much, you can not only suffer side effects, but also long-term negative consequences. So never take more than recommended.
If you take for example too much vitamin C it will be excreted directly in the urine. Our body can only absorb about 1,000 milligrams per day. So taking too much can even be a waste of money for you.
On the other side, if you take too little and do not reach the recommended daily dose, you shouldn't expect any results.
Yes, supplements expire. You should definitely pay attention to the expiration date of your supplements because over time certain supplements lose their effectiveness. Especially if they are exposed to particularly warm or cold temperatures. So better check if the magnesium that has been in your medicine cabinet for three years is still effective. Because after a certain point, expired supplements won't be of any use at all.
This is a common mistake. All fat-soluble nutrients, such as vitamins A,D, E, and K should be taken with a fat source. Fat soluble nutrients are those that (as the name implies) dissolve in fat. So if you take the vitamins without a fat source, the absorption will be greatly impaired. Because we at AAVALABS know about this problem and want to make taking supplements as easy as possible, we add healthy olive oil to our supplements with fat-soluble nutrients. However, if you want to take fat-soluble vitamins without added oil, we recommend taking them together with nuts or avocado.
Did you know that different supplements should be taken at different times of the day? For example, some vitamins or minerals can give you energy when taken before bedtime, making it impossible for you to get a good night's sleep. But at what time of the day should I take my supplements to get the most benefit?
Here are some recommendations:
If you take any kind of medications, you should always ask your doctor first if taking a supplement is a good idea. There are some interactions that you should know about. However, it is often sufficient to separate the times of intake from each other. Here are some examples:
If you take your vitamin capsules irregularly, your body may constantly fluctuate between optimal supply and insufficient supply. In the long run, this will not have a positive effect on your health.
If you decide to take supplements regularly, you should make it a point to take them regularly and according to the daily dose.
There are some vitamins that you should combine and some you shouldn´t. Here are some examples:
Vitamins and minerals you'd better not combine:
Don't worry. Now that you know about the most common mistakes, you can overthink the way you take your supplements. Pay attention to the right dose and the recommended times of the day. If you have any questions or doubts, we recommend you talk to your doctor.
Good luck in redesigning your healthy routine!