High-Dose Vitamins: Myths Versus a Healthy Reality
While taking my daily jog this morning, I began daydreaming (as I often do). I could not get my mind off of one specific theme and the idea still haunts me now. I was contemplating the notion of running as representing a type of meditation. Those who enter into the “zone” are able to wash away stress and emotional negativity. During this pensive state, my thoughts kept revolving around the reasons why I began taking high doses of vitamins. Does this habit impact my health? Might I encounter problems later in life? Have I noticed a difference? These are all fair questions and they now deserve to be brought to light.
Too Much of a Good Thing?
We are lucky to live within such an advanced society. Many clever studies and experiments have been performed in regards to vitamin intake versus medications. Even these days, some so-called experts believe that high-dose vitamins can be dangerous. The majority of this material can be found when searching the Internet for advice from the so-called medical “gurus” and similar digital saviours. Instead of extolling the benefits of high concentrations of specific vitamins and minerals, the articles instead centre around the negative consequences. This actually makes perfect sense, as the majority of humans are attracted to negative gossip as opposed to happy endings.
It is important to look at this concept from a different perspective. The good news is that a growing number of individuals are becoming conscious about their physical and mental health. This is partially derived from the fact that they are beginning to question standard medicinal myths that may have become outdated in recent times. I was naturally curious to see what impacts vitamins could have upon my overall health.
A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing?
I intend to share my personal experiences with you and frankly, my intention is not to offend or condone any specific perspective. I respect the opinion of others and anyone who has an open mind can appreciate this. I found that the main problem involves knowing what sources to believe. We live in a world of “fake news” and countless erroneous rumours swirl around the Internet. How can we slice through such contradictions in order to reach a kernel of truth? This is even more relevant when referring to vitamins and similar supplements.
We have all come across articles claiming that vitamins can be dangerous to our health. The author normally cites abbreviations such as RDA (recommended daily allowance) and similar technical terms. These phrases are then attached to substances such as protein, carbohydrates, fibres, sugars, and fats. In other words, we are being presented with a one-size-fits-all approach. What is perhaps more worrisome is that many of the “sheeple” believe these claims. After all, the recommendations of experts must be accurate! I could ramble on about such misconceptions as well as my friend Matt who lost 30 pounds simply from heeding my advice, but this topic is explained in another blog post.
I also will not begin a bitter diatribe related to the benefits (and possible drawback) of food and particular dietary habits. This is a single piece of a larger jigsaw puzzle that you will need to put into place. The fact of the matter is that many individuals prefer to remain wilfully ignorant and close their eyes to a healthy lifestyle. If you needed to hear this in order to make a change, then so be it. You might eventually thank me for such a stark statement. However, it is better to thank yourself; you will be the one who enacts a real change. Let’s look at this from a different perspective.
Feeding the Machine
I have been leading a healthy lifestyle for years. I rarely suffer from any type of affliction. I awake every morning at six o’clock. I am never tired, stressed or otherwise imbalanced. In other words, my piece of the jigsaw puzzle is firmly in place.
Take a moment and imagine your body as a motor vehicle. While it will obviously require fuel to travel between two different points, what about other substances such as oil and brake fluid? If your car is not properly lubricated, it can easily break down unexpectedly. The engine will be knocking and pinging at the very least. Eventually, the car will cease functioning well before its warranty expires. The same holds true in terms of the human body.
The Power of Proactive Change
I implore you to please make a change in your life. I am not talking about a “change” for a handful of days at a time. This accomplishes nothing and frankly, you are fooling yourself and wasting your energy. I am referring to real, hardcore change. As opposed to a few days or weeks, why not instead begin down a different paths for months and years? In this sense, patience is indeed a virtue. A quotation from Warren Buffet is perfectly relevant here:
“If you aren’t thinking about owning a stock for ten years, don’t even think about owning it for ten minutes.”
The most rewarding investments are those which accrue wealth over time as a direct result of patience. Can you possibly imagine an investment more important than leading a healthy and rewarding lifestyle? However, it is still important to invest wisely. This brings us back to the initial point of the article. My personal experiences will highlight why I am averse to the entire notion of expert “suggestions” in regards to vitamins.
From Sick to Strong
During my childhood and adolescence, there were times when I weighed as little as 104 pounds. Of course, the so-called “professionals” attributed this condition to everything from immune system disorders to mental illness. As opposed to blindly following what I was told, I began to perform a copious amount of research. There was one outcome which I dreaded: being forced to take chemical medications.
As opposed to relying upon a magical pill in order to treat an illness, I wanted to prevent the illness entirely. I desired higher levels of self-esteem and to become a charming person. Of course, I first needed to change my entire perspective. I began by saying no to medications. I continued by saying no to shamanistic cures. While there are certainly times when painkillers might be needed (much respect to women during their monthly cycles in this sense), they should never be mandatory.
I perused the Internet for articles referring to vitamins and similar supplements. While there were many positives and even more negatives, I did not allow such information to dissuade me from my quest of obtaining a well-informed sense of knowledge. In other words, I became my very own guinea pig and I have not regretted this choice ever since.
Pulling the Wool Over Our Eyes
I am a firm believer in taking high doses of specific vitamins. The first main takeaway point here is that many of the dosages associated as “high” are normal if we look at their biochemical impacts upon the body. Cholesterol is a perfect example here. Have you ever noticed how the so-called “high limits” of this substance seem to drop every year? Why might the medical gurus be changing such figures? Could it be that they want the average consumer to place his or her complete trust in medications alone? Why might they be hoodwinking the public?
The answer is simple: big business. The pharmacological community rakes in billions of dollars, euros and pounds every year. In fact, this industry is right up there with other major players such as pornography, narcotics, weapons and mass media. Why is there no antidote available for diabetes? What would happen to these organisations if there were no one left to treat? The answer here is simple. The question which needs to be asked is just as straightforward. How much is it worth for you to remain healthy?
I believe that vitamins which are taken in high doses have two effects. The first effect (such as staving off an illness or providing you with energy) is rather immediate. However, the long-term impacts such as increasing circulation and contributing to a positive mental attitude are just as profound. We are once again referring to prevention in direct contrast to short-term medical treatments. As opposed to taking too many vitamins, it is much better to stuff yourself full of drugs, right? Let’s just remain sick and depend upon big pharma to take care of business (in a very real sense). These observations are especially troublesome when looking at the United States, as it seems that the population is now more unhealthy (both physically and mentally) than ever before.
The Whole-Body Approach
Take whatever you wish out of this statement, but I have only been sick twice in the last decade. It just so happens that I have also been taking high doses of vitamins for the same amount of time. There was one instance when I became sick when travelling due to the fact that I forgot to take my normal vitamins. I simply increased my vitamin C intake from 1,000 milligrams to 3,000 milligrams. Within two days, I had fully recovered.
Of course, the secret to long-term health involves a holistic approach as well. From meditation and yoga to embracing a sound diet, there are many steps which you can take. Obtaining vitamins in higher dosages will simply add to your illness-fighting arsenal while ensuring that you remain fit and emotionally content.
After having tested out such dosages on myself, I am looking towards the future. I hope to create an entirely new line of vitamins that will provide even more concentrated benefits to the end user. However, such a project takes time and it will require a good deal of testing. Ultimately, it is much more logical to stop an illness from occurring as opposed to treating a disease once it has already developed. Why fight fires when they can be prevented?