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  • Are you taking vitamins for absolutely no reason?

  • Well, that's the topic of this week's Wednesday Checkup.

  • Hit that intro.

  • Odds are, you're probably wasting your money if you're taking a supplement.

  • Here's why.

  • I just partnered with the American Osteopathic Association to conduct a Harris Poll, where we found that 86% of Americans are taking a vitamin or supplement,

  • and only about 20% actually tested positive for nutritional deficiency.

  • Now, this confirms something I've known in my heart all along,

  • that people are taking these supplements unnecessarily.

  • Where does this craze come from?

  • I think this obsession with vitamins comes from the constant need to improve our performance, this unrealistic body image that's pushed on us everywhere.

  • I mean, if you just go on Instagram, the unrealistic figures that people have is crazy to me.

  • Most of it is plastic surgery, Photoshop or FaceTune, or maybe sometimes performance-enhancing drugs,

  • but what marketers do is they prey on your insecurity; they sell you products with unproven claims.

  • I mean, how many times have you seen "boost your immune system", "build muscle", "fast abs", "six hours of continuous energy" on a label?

  • This happens all the time, and I have a serious problem with that.

  • What upsets me most is when I see health professionals transform into IKA experts.

  • The epidemic of the "I know all" expert.

  • There are too many of these experts out there, claiming to have all of the answers when the rest of the scientific community has questions.

  • While I agree with this guy, there are certain instances where evidence shows that vitamin supplementation is beneficial.

  • If your doctor tells you you have very low levels of Vitamin D, it makes sense to supplement.

  • If you have a chronic health condition, like a malabsorption syndrome where you can't actively absorb vitamins, it also makes sense to take one.

  • In pregnancy, or if you're even thinking about getting pregnant, I recommend to my patients to take a prenatal supplement.

  • And if you're following a restrictive diet⏤I'm talking to you vegans out there⏤I also do recommend supplementation in that case.

  • Hold up, hold up, hold up, hold up.

  • Odds are, you don't have one of these health conditions.

  • Odds are, your doctor didn't tell you to be taking a supplement.

  • So, let's get into it and talk about the harms of taking these.

  • First of all, most vitamins have minimal proof, if any, of benefit.

  • You're spending money, but for what?

  • I guess if you really want expensive urine.

  • Vitamins really give you this false reassurance where you may say,

  • "Aw, I don't need to eat these vegetables; I'm going to take a multivitamin".

  • It doesn't work that way.

  • You're better off spending your time and effort on changing your lifestyle in other meaningful ways.

  • Surprisingly, some supplements have even been shown to decrease the effectiveness of very common medications like insulin or Xanax, so you have to be really careful.

  • It's pretty rare to get toxicity of water soluble vitamins,

  • but for fat soluble vitamins D, E, K, A, you can get yourself into trouble with toxicity because they can build up in your fat stores.

  • The biggest risk when it comes to taking vitamins is the unknown.

  • I know that sounds kind of funny.

  • It actually sounds like a movie title.

  • No, no, no.

  • In all seriousness, the FDA does not check this.

  • Companies don't need to prove the safety or effectiveness of the product that they're selling.

  • I can, right now, create a supplement sitting right here, pour it into little capsules, go and sell it in the store, and it's perfectly legal.

  • Consumer lab has done testing and found that the ingredients inside many supplements don't match what's said on the label.

  • Proprietary blends of weight loss formulas have been found to be toxic to the liver.

  • And some scary articles have been coming out showing taking high doses of certain vitamins increases risks of cancer.

  • My bottom line when it comes to vitamins is:

  • If your doctor recommended them for you or you have a medical necessity, continue taking them.

  • But if you want to take them "just to stay healthy" or you're having some kind of symptom that you're ready to blame on a vitamin deficiency,

  • talk to your doctor first, 'cause that's usually not the case.

  • And, as any honest doctor will tell you, while we know a lot about vitamins, there's a lot more that we don't know.

  • So, anyone claiming to have all the answers is usually full of it.

  • Stay happy and healthy.

Are you taking vitamins for absolutely no reason?

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Stop the Vitamin Obsession!!! | Wednesday Checkup

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    たらこ posted on 2022/09/23
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