6 Reasons You Should Be Taking Vitamins Even if You Eat Right

6 Reasons You May Not Be Getting the

Proper Nutrients From Your Food

Are we sure we are getting all we need from the foods we eat?  Is our stomach absorbing the nutrients from the foods properly? Did you get the proper amount of vitamin D today?

Are you eating organic fruits and vegetables?  Many of these fruits and veggies are genetically modified therefore you are losing nutrients.  How often do you eat fiber? Fiber is not just to help with bowel movements it helps slow down the food so the intestines can absorb the vitamins and minerals better.  If you have any intestinal issues, lactose intolerance, IBS, Celiac, diverticulitis or Crohn’s, you are not absorbing nutrients properly no matter how great your diet is.

Here are 6 things to remember when deciding whether vitamins should be part of your healthy lifestyle:

1. Balance Your Body’s Chemistry.

If you are struggling with health issues, get tested by a qualified functional medicine practitioner to find out how to address these issues.    Functional medicine doctors use dietary changes and supplements to bring your body back into balance naturally.

2. Soil Depletion

Improper farming practices deplete the soil of nutrients.  When plants are repeatedly grown on the same land, the soil loses nutrients faster than they can be replaced.  Over time, the plants have fewer nutrients to grow.  Fertilizer contains just enough nutrition for the plant to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health. [1].

3. Nutrient Absorption Declines With Age

Several studies have shown kids need more nutrients to support growth, and older people need more nutrients due to malabsorption.  As people age, they often begin taking medications which can interfere with nutrient absorption.  This means you need to take more nutrients in the most absorbable form possible.[1]

4. Toxin Exposure

Your body needs nutrients to deal with toxins.  When more toxins are present, you need more nutrients.  If you’re living in a cave or the garden of Eden, this will be less of a concern.  If you’re like the rest of us mortals – you’re exposed to a litany of toxins on a daily basis. [1].

5. Water Depletion

Water is also depleted of minerals due to modern production methods.  There is a huge variation in the mineral content of bottled and tap water, with tap water generally having more.  Water filters remove important minerals such as magnesium, which was a main source of magnesium for early humans.  If you don’t use a filter and you don’t have a well, it’s likely you’re consuming dangerous amounts of fluoride and/or are deficient in magnesium. [1]

6. Exercise Increases Nutrient Needs

Athletes often think lots of exercise is the key to a long and healthy life (it’s not).  They are among the first to denounce supplementation as unnecessary, often with the idea that exercise is the best medicine.  For most people, it is not necessary to exercise for hours each day and, in fact, this can stress the adrenal glands.  It can also substantially deplete energy reserves since you are using stored nutrients for energy production and recovery. [1]  Before engaging in any strenous exercise routine, you should consult a functional medicine doctor to find out how you can supplement the nutrients that may be lost during the exercise and recovery period.

As for what supplements to take, talk to your functional medicine practitioner and buy quality vitamins. Click here for an article about the types of supplements you should buy and how to get the most from them.

Nikita Williams
May 19, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, and Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1]  https://www.bulletproofexec.com/why-you-need-supplements

3 Ways to Get the Most From Your Vitamins and Supplements

Untitled design (32)What Vitamins Should You Absolutely Be Taking?

Almost everyone takes a vitamin or supplement.  In the U.S., we spend nearly 1.5 billion dollars each year on supplements and vitamins. [1]  Nearly half of all Americans take at least 1 vitamin or supplement.  How do you now if it is the right vitamin for you?  How do you know if the level of the active ingredient in the vitamin you buy is enough or too much?  How do you know if the vitamin quality is worth what you are paying for it?  How do you know if the supplement is really helping you?

If you do a Google search for vitamins or supplements, you will see millions of results.  Many articles state that vitamins are a waste of money.  Some articles say that if you do not take a vitamin, you cannot be healthy – scaring you into thinking you need to rush right out to buy a vitamin.  And, of course, there are thousands of vitamin companies that want to sell you the latest and greatest vitamin that will make you live a very long and healthy life, lose weight, improve your energy level, improve your sex life, balance your hormones, etc.  Recently, Dr. Oz was criticized for “peddling” various products on his television show.

In our office we practice functional medicine.  Click here to learn about functional medicine. We balance a patient’s chemistry using, vitamins, supplements, creams, gels, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations.  It is clear then that we believe vitamins and supplements can be a good thing.  However, we do not believe that every person needs to take lots of vitamins for the rest of their life for good health.  In fact, too much is just as bad as none at all.  So, how do you know what vitamins to take?

  1.   Get Tested.

    Dr. Oz was accused of endorsing “quack remedies” on his show.  Dr. Ungar has had lunch with Dr. Oz and appreciates how he has brought alternative and natural health to the mainstream. Generally, the products he discusses on his show are not generally bad. However, what Dr. Oz (and people who “sell” vitamins) do is recommend a particular vitamin or supplement for everyone regardless of that person’s specific case history and body chemistry.  Some of the supplements recommended by these sellers will work for some people.  But are you part of the “some?”  The only way to find out is to see a doctor who will do thorough testing of all of your body’s systems – hormone levels, adrenal function, thyroid function, GI function.   Vitamins, supplements, dietary changes should then be used to bring your body back into balance and full function based on the results of that testing. [Click to Tweet]

  2. Buy Quality Supplements.

    Do you need to spend more to get good quality vitamins?  Yes and no.  The best answer is to buy vitamins that have research to back up their efficacy and that a doctor who knows exactly what you need recommends.   [Click to Tweet]  This is not to say that you should only buy vitamins from a doctor’s office (although this is usually the safest bet). You can buy vitamins on-line or from your local vitamin store but before you do, have the testing done and ask your doctor if these over-the-counter vitamins are right for you and if the amount of active ingredient is enough or too much to help you meet your health goal. You will also need to watch the filler included in drugstore vitamins.  You could be sensitive to that filler, which could negate the vitamin’s benefits.

  3. Get Retested and Make Adjustments.

    After your first testing, you doctor may recommend supplements to bring your body back into balance.  Balancing the body’s chemistry is a process.  You don’t achieve good health simply by taking some vitamins for a few weeks.  In order to see how you are progressing and to decide whether to continue, stop or adjust levels of your supplements, retesting is necessary.   Be wary of any practitioner or vitamin seller who suggests that you should just take a supplement forever without a personalized clinical basis for that recommendation.   Your goal (and your doctor’s goal) is to bring your body back into balance and then only take supplements needed to keep it that way. [Click to Tweet] In many cases, that might be nothing!

Some vitamins and supplements are necessary for some people based on their specific body needs.  Criticism of vitamins and supplements is warranted when this rule is not applied like above.   Applying this rule, the results speak for themselves in black and white (test results) and in the lives are patients live.  We see people meet their health goals in our office every day.  Click here if you would like to hear from a few of them.

Do you take vitamins or supplements?  Do you know if they are helping you?

Caroline Boardman
February 3, 2016


Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] https://www.exercise.com/faq/how-much-does-the-average-american-spend-on-supplements