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What Is The Best Way To Absorb Vitamins
Any way: Chewables or tablet form, as long as you can tolerate taking the vitamins, that is what is important. Prenatal vitamins are SUPPLEMENTS to a healthy, well-balanced diet. In addition, if you are planning to conceive, best to start a prenatal or multivitamin supplement (extra folic acid) 2-3 months prior to conception and throughout the first trimester. I personally prefer DHA in the prenatals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From whole foods: There is no comparison between digesting your vitamins in their natural state from whole foods than in supplement form. No comparison as whole foods are far nutritionally superior and better digested and processed by your gut bacteria. Also, much healthier as surrounded by co-factors and other synergistic nutrients. ...Read more
Vitamins: Best to take calcium or magnesium supplements at different time than other minerals. Taking magnesium or iron wi food helps prevent GI upset. Vit A, D, E, & K are absorbed better wi fatty foods. Vit A is better absorbed when combined wi Vit E. Vit C helps iron absorption. Taking Vit D wi dinner vs breakfast helps absorption. Avoid taking Vit D,E or K at the same time as other fat soluble vits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best calcium to take for bones support? What is the best way to take calcium to get the best benefits?
There : There is no clear answer to this. While the "best" source is dairy products as far as absorption, they have a lot of calories and many people have lactose intolerance. It requires about a quart of dairy products per day to get enough calcium. The lactose helps with solubility and absorption and dairy is fortified with vitamin d. There are also other minerals, such as magnesium, included in milk. Since many people do not get enough dairy, supplementation is helpful. Calcium carbonate and calcium citromalate are readily absorbed. While Tums are easy to take and relatively cheap, they do not include vitamin d. You need to take 5 regular Tums to get 1000mg of calcium. While that is adequate for many adult men, it is inadequate for adolescents and perimenopausal women who need 1500mg per day. Some people will benefit from 2000mg per day, but more than that is associated with kidney stones. There are many supplements that offer calcium and vitamin d together. However, they tend to be large pills that are "hard to swallow." another source are the calcium chews, which come in regular and sugar-free versions. They provide 500mg calcium and 400iu vitamin d each, but also have vitamin k, making them inappropriate for people on coumadin. In the end, the best calcium source is the one you will use reliably. Since it doesn't work if you don't take it, you need to find the one that fits best into your lifestyle. ...Read more
Fiber and water: Fiber + water is one of the best ways to have a bowel movement. Insoluble fiber from fruits and vegetables is best. Stool softeners and other otc meds like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) can help too. Narcotics and minimal exercise make constipation worse. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fix underlying cause: Can be as simple as low water and roughage intake, or more complex like food allergies undiagnosed or overgrowth of candida or abn bacteria. Go to a4m.Com and use physician locator to find a local functional medicine doctor to help you diagnose and fix the underlying problem(s). In the mean time add a multi strain probiotic like florajen 3 and magnesium oxide to get things moving. ...Read more
Stop eating meat?: Couldn't be more simple. Vegetarian diet is associated with lower incidence of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, but specific effects of diet versus associated lifestyle are hard to sort out. There may be some marginal benefit to being a vegetarian. ...Read more
With a meal: Try this: chew your food well, and pop in a pill or two and swallow with the well chewed food. Vegetables work great for this. ...Read more
Alli: I don't know much about detoxing. I have never been convinced that it is useful. As far as medicines to lose weight, i think most of them have not been shown to be safe long term. I don't generally recommend them because almost everyone gains the weight back as soon as they stop them. That said, of the medicines out there, Alli seems to be one of the safest, and is effective while using. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy living: The liver has several functions, to support nutrition, to clean the blood and to make substances to support bodily function (proteins). It can be damaged by drugs and alcohol. The best thing you can do for your liver is to avoid being overweight, eat healthy, be active, minimal alcohol use, no illicit drug use. Check your liver function tests when you get your physical exam. ...Read more
It Depends: It depends on the supplement: some require being taken on an empty stomach and some should be taken with food. Some are better in the a and some before bed. Examples: vitamin d should be taken with food that has some fat in it. Chromium is taken right before meals acidophilus should not be taken at the same time as an antibiotic and melatonin should be taken before bed. Let me know which one u nee. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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