All nutrients are really important for your body. Iron and B12 affect energy levels for instance. Zinc will help with fighting colds and helping with hair re-growth. Deficiencies can be detected with blood testing, and that’s why you get a blood form at each of your follow up visits.
In saying that, monitoring calcium is tricky. Calcium will generally stay normal in your blood - with or without enough calcium coming from food and supplements. That’s because your body needs a stable level in your blood for making your nerves and muscles work. It breaks down your bones for calcium if not getting enough from food and supplements and that worries me considering the risk of osteoporosis. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, and that’s why you’ll hear vitamin D being talked about as important for bone health.
So, a daily routine of taking all your supplements is needed for meeting your nutritional needs – and that leads me to my ‘Hot Seat’ for this month.
Drew’s Hot Seat – establishing a healthy habit of daily nutritional supplementation
I can hear your frustrations as I write iron and calcium can’t be taken together. I’m not saying it to be difficult, I swear! Sadly, as you may already know, iron and calcium get absorbed in the same area in the intestine. They basically pass through the same entry gate, and just as we line up to get into a rock concert or sports event, iron and calcium need to line up for their entry into your body. At least two hours is needed between them entering, but that can make a routine that works for you quite difficult – especially if your multivitamin contains iron. On the bright side, vitamin B12 can be taken at any time, but the plot thickens with calcium.