By: Queenette Jenkinson, Administrative Assistant 

Vitaminosis although not a new term, is new to many hearers. At first encounter, it make evoke a chuckle as it seems to be a farcicle term or a tongue in cheek jab at those who are health conscious. This article will discuss the condition and how to avoid it.

 

Vitaminosis is also called vitamin toxicity or hypervitaminosis. It is a condition caused by excess vitamin quotations which lead can lead to toxic symptoms. Usual common vitamins which in excessive amounts can result in hypervitimnosis or vitamin toxicity are B, C, E, K, D and A. Hypervitaminosis are primarily caused by fat-soluble vitamins as opposed to water-soluble vitamins. The reason is that the former is stored for longer periods in the body’s fat stores, whereas the latter are excreted faster. The majority of the above listed are fat-soluble except for some vitamins from B-complex, for example. Hypervitaminosis can take two forms: acute of chronic. Acute is caused by high dosages over a short period while the chronic condition stems from excess vitamin building up ini the body from usage over a longer period according to the site Patient Info (https://patient.info/doctor/hypervitaminosis).

 

The name of the condition is derived from the vitamin involved. For example, excess amounts of Vitamin A are referred to as hypervitaminosis A.Symptoms of vitaminoses can usually subside when the supplement is reduced or stopped altogether.

 

  1. Look at the ingredients in the label: particularly the non-medicinal. Research into the side effects and known effects of the individual ingredients to know if you want to partake. The vitmamin industry has become a big seller and very profitable. Sellers know that consumers are looking for ways to benefit their health and move away from the medicinal pills and onto natural pills such as vitamins. But ask yourself if profit is still the number one thing on some of their minds. According to the American College of Healtcare Sciences (http://info.achs.edu/blog/5-dangerous-ingredients-in-your-vitamins-and-dietary-supplements), there are many common dangerous ingredients that all consumers should be on the look out for when shopping for vitamins. From artificial colours, heavy metals to hydrogenated oils, we avoid these in our normal diets and especially for children, so be informed and avoid them in your health supplements as well. A helpful solution is to research ingredients com (the National Institute of Health) which clearly shows which ingredients have been deemed unsafe yet are still present in our foods.

 

  1. Look at the potency: if the vitamin has a low potency, that means a low effective rate and that means you will likely consume more for longer period. In this way you dish out more money for the supplements. Consult volumes such as the Natural Remedies Encyclopedia by Vance H. Ferrell and Harold M. Cherne, M.D. In this encyclopedia is listed detailed information about the various vitamins, their interactions with other substances and most importantly the safe and therapeutic amounts of vitamin supplements.

 

  1. Look at the companion elements: like in gardening your plants will thrive in health if you have companion plants together. Companion plant work in a symbiotic relationship where one may provide a deterrent from pests and the other shade and essential nutrients for the soil. In general a supplement that contains every vitamin from A-Z is good for general health, however, it may not translate into addressing specific deficiencies such as anemia. When taking a specific vitamin, look for one that includes the minerals that assist in assimilation of that vitamin. If you do choose to purchase a single vitamin, look into combining it with another supplement to assis the body make use of it. For example, the body requires vitamin c to properly absorb iron. In the same way Vitamin D is necessary for proper calcium uptake.

 

  1. Partner your vitamin intake with dietary whole food sources: taking supplements and vitamins most of us use for a dietary deficiency. However, it is not wise to use them to replace more natural sources, even if the supplement is naturally sourced. The Creator of all our food originally designed our food with the exact balance and ratio needed for our bodies to assimilate. It is mainly due to our differing “Health Quotients”, as stated by Dr. Jim Sharps of the International Institute of Original Medicine (IIOM) that causes us to have differing degrees of absorption and different reactions to foods. Nevertheless, we can try to use the basic principles of whole food sources, so that as we supplement, our bodies will not become wholly dependent on vitamins.

 

  1. Think long-term for the vitamin use. The long-term goal is to be able to correct the deficiency and establish an equilibrium in your body so that it is able to go without supplementation, where plausible. Here are some keys to keep in mind:

 

  • Find the best sources of vitamins: from whole foods and natural organic sources, usually being among the best.
  • Consider healing plants: There may be a plant source that will have the same effect of the vitamin you are supplementing with. With organic whole food plant sources, you have less to worry about. According to “Plants that Heal” by Dr. George D. Pamplona-Roger, “The WHO [World Health Organization] considers as “a medicinal herb” any vegetable containing in one or more of its organs, any substance that can be used with therapeutical aims”. (pg. 16) The health benefits of plants and herbs are well-known and worth looking into. Aloe vera may help heal the gut which may help with overall absorption of Vitamins from food and supplements, for example.
  • Monitor for allergic reactions: skin eruptions, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, headache being among the most common signs of an allergic reaction. If you do experience an adverse reaction, discontinue using that supplement and consult your healthcare provider.

 

  1. Get expert advice: Perhaps the most important is tip to help avoid vitaminosis is to consult your family healthcare provider, a physician, Naturopathic Doctor or someone who is educated in this area and knows your medical history. Since vitamins and supplements should only be used in the short-term to address a deficiency, it goes-without saying that the ultimate objective is to reach a state of homeostasis where our bodies can get the nutrition from our diet. For your own safety, ensure your doctor knows all the supplements and medicines you are taking as these may also have an interaction that you should be aware of. Some questions to ask your doctor or include: how much to take, and for how long you should take it. Remember health is power, and our bodies are to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. As such, we are responsible and accountable to God on what we consume and the aftereffects on our body.

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