If you’ve been anywhere near the internet or other news sources lately you’ve probably seen stories about new studies on vitamin supplements. The impression given is that you don’t need to take vitamins, that they really don’t make a big difference in light of the cost. Other experts will tell you that it depends greatly on what your diet and general health situation is, in terms of making a decision about whether you need to take vitamins. So, here’s kind of my two cents worth about this, and for those of you who have heard me talk about it before, my opinion hasn’t really changed. You DO need to take vitamins, but you SHOULD take them via a healthy diet and nutrient rich foods. I know, that’s sometimes hard to do, but it is the truth in my own experience, and so I encourage anyone who might have dietary deficiencies to look first to the grocery store and the kitchen, before turning to the medicine cabinet and supplements. The fact is, Americans are increasingly eating a calorie dense but nutrient deficient diet. That’s not good.
For a more in-depth analysis, read what Balz Frei, Director of Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute has to say about it: Should You or Shouldn't You Take Vitamins?
It’s really not that complicated, more a matter of getting into the habit of learning to enjoy the right foods in the right amounts. Mix that with even moderate exercise and you’re going to be right on track to getting all the vitamins you need, without swallowing handfuls of supplement pills. As Professor Frei says in the article, some vitamins (like vitamin D, which you normally get from sunlight) might need to be supplemented in your diet if you’re almost never outdoors for any length of time. Frei, by the way, says he does take supplements, but he qualifies that by saying he’s in Portland, where it’s pretty cloudy most of the time. So let me know what you think, and if you have questions, come by the office or use the contact form and I’ll do my best to clear up any confusion.
Now, Brad and I never compare notes before we write these blogs, but here we are, both on a sports theme this time around! I didn’t get to go to the World Series, but I have recently gotten back into a sport I used to enjoy: tennis. Some of the old moves are coming back to me, but it’s humbling, because tennis is as much a game of strategy and planning, as it is physical ability. I’ve really been having a good time with it, and I’ll admit to getting a big endorphin boost when I manage to win a few sets. Other than racquetball, there aren’t many sports that will get your cardiovascular system pumping the way a tennis match will. I’m willing to bet a lot of you reading this have more experience and finesse with the game than I do at this point, and I’m always looking for useful advice (how the heck do you get a wicked back-hand top-spin, anyway?). I know enough to take it easy, and I’m getting my tennis muscles back up to speed gradually. If you’re a tennis buff and have any of the typical pains and mobility issues connected to the sport, come see me and let's get you straightened out. When was the last time you had an adjustment?
All of us here at the clinic look forward to seeing you soon, and let’s
make this a prosperous and wonderful year.