Nutrition Questions and Answers
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.
Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.
Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.
Q: I am really finding it hard to work out what supplements my family and I need.
We all eat well, but I think maybe not all the required nutrients are absorbed from our food and maybe we do not eat enough fruit and vegetables.
I would also know what supplements should be taken together and which ones apart.
I take a good multivitamin supplement but I am not sure if I need more of specific nutrients.
A:You seem like you are doing everything right to keep yourself and your family healthy. If you eat a lot of natural foods (especially vegetables and fruits), plus whole grains, low fat dairy and protein, plus some good fats each day, then you are going a long way to preventing ill health and disease. Exercise should also be a regular feature of your daily activities. Taking a multivitamin supplement will only boost your levels of nutrients if they are too low or deficient in some way.
If you would like to know your levels of the vitamins and minerals, you can do a variety of blood tests, which your medical practitioner can organise for you. You can also do a hair analysis which tests for a variety of nutrients and also any heavy metals or other detrimental factors in your body. This test can be organised by an alternative health practitioner.
- Recommended levels of all the vitamins - click here
- Recommended levels of all the minerals - click here
- Recommended levels of all the amino acids - click here
The pages above also list the tolerable upper levels of these nutrients, so you can see what is the potential maximum for each.
Just remember, with most water soluble vitamins, if your body does not require them, they are normally excreted through the urine. But, the fat soluble vitamins are stored in the fat cells, so can have a potentially negative effects if too high levels are taken over a long time. Please check the levels of all the supplements you take.
Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.
Enjoy better health!