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How to Get The Most Out Of Your Vitamins, Nutritionist Explains

How to Get The Most Out Of Your Vitamins, Nutritionist Explains
Monica Green
Writer and expert2 years ago
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Vitamins can be one of the most confusing areas of nutrition. Lots of letters and unfamiliar symbols, reading the daily intake recommendations is a little like translating hieroglyphics. But vitamins are vital for keeping your body functioning properly, and they can help your progress in the gym, too.

There are plenty of questions when it comes to taking vitamins … how often should you take them? Which should you be taking and how often? What happens if you forget to take them?

Luckily Myprotein product developer and vitamin expert Katie Brown is going to answer all those questions, right here. Here’s your weekly dose of Nutritionist Explains.


Why do I need vitamins?

Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients. We need them in small amounts every day to keep our body functioning as it should.

Katie’s a big advocate of food being your primary source of vitamins and minerals. However, with busy schedules, it can be tricky eating enough fresh fruits and veggies every day.

In fact, just 28% of adults in the UK get the recommended five a day …

That’s where supplements come in.


How much do I need?

In the UK, we use the reference nutrient intake (RNI) to inform how much the average adult needs of each vitamin and mineral.

More specifically “it’s the amount of a nutrient that is enough to ensure that the needs of a majority of a demographic group are being met.” You can usually find the RNI on whatever supplement you’re taking, and the dosage will be in line with this.

You should always abide by the recommended dosage of any given supplement, unless advised differently by your doctor.


Is consistency key?

In short, yes. Katie says consistency is absolutely key when it comes to vitamins and minerals.

“Receiving a consistent supply of nutrients means that we’re slowly increasing the concentration of that nutrient within our bodies.”

If you’ve been deficient in any given vitamin or mineral, it usually takes a good few weeks for your body to rebuild sufficient levels.

Having said that, forgetting to take your supplements every now and then isn’t the end of the world if you’re consistent most of the time.

Consistency is even more important when it comes to water-soluble vitamins (all the B vitamins and vitamin C) because they can’t be stored in our fat cells. This means they’re lost in urine if not used up by the body.

So staying consistent with these in particular is especially important if you want to feel their full effects.


How to not forget to take your vitamins

Especially with a busy schedule, remembering to throw back a couple of vitamins every morning can be difficult. But Katie has your back with a few tips.

First off, try to get int the habit of taking them at the same time every day. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or just before you go to bed, taking your supps at the same time every day makes it much more likely to become a habit. You can start by setting an alarm on your phone and go from there.

Most supplements can be taken whenever, but check the back of the bottle to see if they need to be taken with or without food.

Finally, if you’re a busy person, getting a pill dispenser you can throw in your bag and take on the go makes remembering to take your supps every day much easier.


Take home message

Eating a varied and balanced diet is essential to keep everything working as it should in your body.

However, getting all the micronutrients you need solely from food can sometimes be difficult. So getting them in through a multivitamin is one way of knowing you’re consuming all the vitamins you need consistently.

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Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you're concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.

Monica Green
Writer and expert
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Originally from London, Monica graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Philosophy. After discovering a love for the gym whilst studying, Monica was drawn to weight training which helped her hugely through stressful times as a student. From writing for a popular student site, Monica developed her skills as an author, writing trending feature pieces regularly. She is thrilled to be able to combine her love for writing with her passion for the gym. In her spare time Monica loves to cook, try out new restaurants with friends and explore new walking trails.