Do I still need to take Vitamins when taking Tissue Salts?
When taking tissue salts … is it necessary to continue with vitamins as well?
This is a Great Question and one which I am asked quite often. In order to answer it lets go back to a few basics.
Vitamins work with minerals, if you have a good diet, Tissue Salts will help your body use and get the vitamins and minerals from your food. For example, you need Calcium to help your body absorb Vitamin D. Iron needs Vitamin C to be absorbed properly. So when you make foods with a high iron content, like Red meats, Livers you can add tomatoes (like in Spaghetti Bolognese, or Livers with Tomato and lemon juice) will improve the bio-availability of the iron. You will get all the benefits of the food you are eating.
This is also why specific vitamin and mineral supplements are often sold with specific mixtures of vitamins and minerals.
Why you are taking the Vitamins?
Do you take vitamins, or a multi vitamin and mineral supplement because its “the right thing to do”? Or do you take vitamins and minerals. that are tailored to your personal needs. If you are taking vitamins, herbs or other supplements under the guidance of a Naturopath or Practitioner, they are likely to have individually assessed your needs. They will monitor what you are taking and make adjustments according to your health and needs. However if you are “Self Prescribing” you dont have the advantage of those checks and measures. You could be giving yourself “too much of a good thing”, and not knowing that you are.
There are some groups of people who are more likely to need supplementation than others: Vegans, vegetarians, people on medications for a long period of time, and smokers.
Tips for Vegans and Vegetarians
If you are vegetarian, or vegan its difficult to get enough B12 in your diet. Many vegetarians need B12 supplementation because they have restricted their diet in the main sources of Vitamin B12, animal products: fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk and milk products. The problem is not always immediate, so its wise to make sure you are getting enough B12 in your diet now. The Vegan Society has some good information about Vitamin B12 and how to get enough B12 in your diet. https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/nutrition-and-health/nutrients/vitamin-b12/what-every-vegan-should-know-about-vitamin-b12
Water soluble and Fat soluble vitamins
If you take more water soluble vitamins than you need, your body will get rid of the excess. For example, if you take alot of Vitamin C, your urine will often be darker coloured afterwards as your body will only take and use what it needs. Also if you have a Multi B Vitamin regularly and get more than you need your body will excrete the excess. So do check the toilet bowl to see how your body is responding to your vitamins.
Fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin D act differently and accumulate in body fat making it less available. Vit D needs Calcium to be absorbed properly. The latest research is suggesting that it is wise not to overprescribe Vitamin D, but get it from natural sunlight instead, as excess Vitamin D from supplements may end up in fat stores. When you take too much Vitamin D, your liver develops too much of a chemical called 25(OH)D which causes hypercalcaemia – too much calcium in the blood. (It also causes a deficiency of Calcium in the cells where its needed). https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/am-i-getting-too-much-vitamin-d/.
So what is the answer?
So its not a “one answer fits all” solution. The answer comes back to what are you taking and why. In many cases, if you provide the minerals specific to you, in Tissue Salt form, your body will find it easier to get vitamins from your food, and the minerals will go direct to where they are needed – the cells.
Tissue Salts do work with vitamin supplements, but as with everything, moderation is the key. Large doses of Vitamins or minerals does not mean its better for you. Tissue Salts are in small doses they stimulate the body to take up what it needs from food, and you cannot overdose.
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