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MICRONUTRIENT-VITAMINS PART I: IMPORTANT CONCEPTS

Hello and welcome to Hopkins Family Med & Urgent Care, PLLC Blog. In this section of our nutrition series, we will be talking about vitamins. We will be breaking down the different aspects and what you need to know. Below will be our YouTube video to go along with this blog


Before we get into vitamins I would like to go over some important concepts as we start our micronutrient sections of our nutrient series.

CONCEPT 1.


EVERYONE RESPOND TO VITAMIN SUPPLEMENT DIFFERENTLY BASED ON OUR GENETICS, OUR FOOD CHOICES AND OUR LIFESTYLE, SO IT'S HARD TO SAY WHO NEEDS WHAT SUPPLEMENT.



CONCEPT 2:


VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD BE THOUGHT OF AS MEDICATIONS. SO IF YOU HAVE A DEFICIENCY FIND OUT WHERE IT IS COMING FROM OF IF IS RELATED TO POOR DIET AND MALNUTRITION. CHECK YOUR LEVELS!



CONCEPT 3:


EXCEPT FOR VITAMIN D AND B12 MOST PEOPLE EATING A WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED DIET GET EVERYTHING THEY NEED FOR THEIR DIET.



CONCEPT 4:


TWO THINGS HAPPEN WHEN WE TAKE EXCESS VITAMINS THAT THE BODY IS NOT USING.

ONE, WE EXCRETE IT IN THE URINE CREATING EXPENSIVE PEE.

TWO, WE ACCUMULATE IT IN STORAGE ORGANS LIKE LIVER KIDNEY AND FAT TISSUE IN OUR BODY AND THIS LEADS TO TOXICITY.

THE BODY PREFERS TO GET VITAMINS IN THE WHOLE FOOD NOT THE SUPPLEMENT BECAUSE SUPPLEMENTS GIVE ISOLATED UNNATURAL CONCENTRATIONS.



CONCEPT 5:


THE DIETARY SUPPLEMENT HEALTH AND EDUCATION ACT THIS WAS PASSED IN 1994. THIS ACT TOOK AWAY OUR GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE SAFETY OF SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS BEFORE IT IS PUT ON THE MARKET FOR CONSUMERS TO PURCHASED IN AMERICA.

IF THERE IS A PROBLEM AFTER THAT TIME THEN THE FDA IS RESPONSIBLE.---IN OTHER WORDS,THE PERSON WHO IS SELLING YOU THE SUPPLEMENTS IS ALSO BENEFITING FROM YOU PURCHASING IT AND THEY ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO TELL AND DECIDE FOR YOU THEIR PRODUCT SAFETY.



CONCEPT 6:


NO AMOUNT OF SUPPLEMENT IF YOU ARE EATING A POOR DIET CAN REPLACE GOOD NUTRITION FROM WHOLE FOODS AND EXERCISING REGULARLY!

We would like to thank you for visiting our blog and please like and subscribe to our Youtube channel as we will be bringing more educational content; have a blessed one! -----Fikisha L. Warden, MD


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