Do you even take a multivitamin? Me? Negative, and heres why. After reading many articles, listening to conversations from scientists, doctors and many other humans knowledgable on the topic, I began the never ending journey down the rabbit hole of blood test. Its an interesting topic because everyone must take in some form of food or nutrition. I choose my food strategically and by the looks of mine along side common lab analysis, that is still not enough. We are missing many of the key components for proper function and longevity.
Typically we acquire our nutrition through the food we eat. We know its healthy to eat fresh vegetables and fruits but is this even enough anymore? Heres part of the issue. With todays agricultural practices, the soil our vegetables are grown in is being depleted of nutrients. The industrialization of farming and the chemicals being used are killing the microbes which would naturally create soil much more diverse in nutrients. End result? Less nutritious food and undernourished humans walking around with a grocery list of health issues.
For the blood, its not about being the normal range. Even if the levels are in the “normal range”, its not optimal and we may still see symptoms of deficiencies. If its not optimal, there is room for growth. That room for growth will bring us closer to thriving and feeling our best. Its about raising the bar and being in the optimal range for everything from micronutrients to hormones and every little thing in between. Which leads into the next point on supplements. Do they work? Yes and no. Most generic products are intentionally manufactured just strong enough to insignificantly influence micronutrient levels. So I have found that sticking to specifics is key. A multivitamin may work for some people but not for me. Understanding what I need and don’t need is the difference of wasting money on supplements or recharging myself with key missing components.
With this understanding, I’ve made it a point to test my blood every six months on a broad range of panels. Yes its expensive, but you don’t know until you check. And Id rather spend my money on this than random multivitamins I pee out in the morning. The cool thing about it, is that you can track your own progress. Im not a fan of getting lost in self diagnosis from symptom searching as it is a sure way to stress yourself out and begin thinking you have list of dysfunctions which may or may not be true. This information is extremely valuable and gives way to the direction to follow for optimizing the whole experience we are given.
If we so choose to open the door of understanding our biology and how to make it a little easier, we see that its a constant work in progress. There is always room for improvement. And with this in mind we can check in, acknowledge and reflect on the baby steps taken each day.