Are Your Vitamins Poisoning You?

Are Your Vitamins Poisoning You?

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When I was 13 years old my sis­ter took me to the doc­tor to have my Iron lev­els checked. She had an inkling that one of my vit­a­min lev­els were low because I ALWAYS wore a jack­et. It could be blis­ter­ing hot and there I would be; warm and cozy in one of my many hood­ed jack­ets.

When the lab results came back I was, in fact, defi­cient in Iron. She told my sis­ter and I this could be eas­i­ly reme­died by tak­ing an Iron Sup­ple­ment. She made out a pre­scrip­tion and let us know we could get the vit­a­min brand at any of the major phar­ma­cy stores like Wal­greens and CVS as long as we adhered to the cor­rect IU lev­el she pre­scribed.

Weeks lat­er, my ener­gy was through the roof! I made sure I took the small red vit­a­min every morn­ing. This lit­tle pill opened up a new world of con­stant ener­gy ( as if my 13-year-old body did­n’t have enough of that, to begin with).

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I whole­heart­ed­ly believed I was doing right by my body, but lit­tle did I know I was­n’t giv­ing my body any extra nutri­ents as the bot­tle and my doc­tor claimed.

The same vit­a­min that was pre­scribed by a doc­tor to ele­vate iron lev­els was play­ing tug a war on my sys­tem. Giv­ing false nour­ish­ment and adding to the tox­ic load in my body. That new found ener­gy I was expe­ri­enc­ing was actu­al­ly just a sug­ar high.

What most peo­ple don’t know is not every vit­a­min is cre­at­ed with whole­some, organ­ic and effec­tive ingre­di­ents. Shock­ing­ly most sup­ple­ments on the shelves are filled with tox­ic ingre­di­ents. Yet, the major­i­ty of doc­tors make out your pre­scrip­tion for com­mon­ly known vit­a­min brands such as Rex­all, Cen­tu­ry and Spring Val­ley. Or even sug­gest, you pick up any vit­a­min that reads the pre­scribed IU from Wal­mart, CVS, or Wal­greens.

But when it comes to our health we have to be a lot more cau­tious about what vit­a­mins we are allow­ing into our sys­tem.

What are in these commonly used Vitamins:

When it comes to food, prod­ucts, sup­ple­ments and any­thing you put on or into your body. You always want to dou­ble check the ingre­di­ent list even if the front of the pack­age says things like, “Nat­ur­al” or “Organ­ic”.

Here’s why:

So here we have a “Vit­a­min” that reads “Nat­ur­al Orange Fla­vor Chew­able” because the word Nat­ur­al is present on the front of the bot­tle so many peo­ple will buy into the mar­ket­ing trap that it’s a decent vit­a­min.

Most of us don’t even think to check the ingre­di­ent list because of the sole pur­pose of it being a vit­a­min; how much harm can a vit­a­min cause any­way? After all, it’s role is sup­pose to be to sup­ply nour­ish­ment to the body so it can func­tion opti­mal­ly.

But it’s a whole different ball game when you turn that “Natural” supplement over and zoom into the ingredient list.

Ingre­di­ents: Sur­cose, Cel­lu­lose, FD&C Yel­low No.6 Lake, Nat­ur­al Fla­vor, Sil­i­ca, Veg­etable Mag­ne­sium Ster­ate, Veg­etable Steric Acid.

Sucrose:  This is the very first ingre­di­ent labeled on this sup­ple­ment, sucrose is sim­ply sug­ar; that means this “Vit­a­min” is a sug­ary mess! There’s already too much sug­ar lurk­ing in our day to day foods. We don’t need added sug­ars in our vit­a­min too. After all, sug­ar con­tributes to our increas­ing rise in can­cer, heart dis­ease and inflam­ma­tion in the body.

FD&C Yel­low No.6:  Seri­ous­ly, if you see any­thing with col­ors or num­bers it’s usu­al­ly a warn­ing to steer clear. This ingre­di­ent is a dye, this one, in par­tic­u­lar, can cause nasal dam­age and it’s bain many many oth­er coun­tries.  It has caused tumors in the kid­neys and adren­al glands of lab­o­ra­to­ry ani­mals. It’s found in Amer­i­can cheese, mac­a­roni and cheese, can­dy, and car­bon­at­ed bev­er­ages.

Mag­ne­sium Stearate/Stearic acid: this chalk like sub­stance can cause pos­si­ble harm to your intes­tine, which can pre­vent absorp­tion of nutri­ents. Again, what’s the point of tak­ing sup­ple­ments if we are deplet­ing them with these harm­ful chem­i­cals.

So what Brands have the good stuff?

Don’t wor­ry I got you! There’s a new sup­ple­ment cre­at­ed every day and it can be tedious sift­ing through what’s a good brand and what’s not. Below, are brands I use reli­gious­ly and swear by. Now, you may notice that some of these brands are priced high­er than the com­mon­ly known brands, and I am sure you can under­stand why.

The bad stuff is laden with cheap chem­i­cal­ly processed ingre­di­ents while the ones I list below are ful­ly intact with REAL ingre­di­ents. I’m aware that not every­one has mon­ey to splurge on fan­cy sman­cy vit­a­mins so I’ve list­ed rea­son­able brands as well. I told you I got you!

Pure Encapsulations

Gaia Herbs

Thorne

Eclectic

Garden of Life




These just rep­re­sent a few of a sta­ple brands I pur­chase from, but there are many oth­er reli­able brands to choose from. Just be sure to fact check the ingre­di­ent list so you won’t end up on a sug­ar high think­ing it’s giv­ing you wings like red bull lol.

If you aren’t sure about a sup­ple­ment and would like more help my insta­gram DM’s, mes­sen­ger, and email is always open. Or feel free to leave a com­ment below to share your con­cerns.

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