By: Gleason Center Editors, Dr. Daniel Gleason DC
Aha, the old "expensive urine" argument.
When was the last time you heard someone say, "You don't need to take vitamins if you eat a balanced diet. They're just a waste of money." Let's discuss this common misconception. Are your expensive vitamins going right through you? Do you ever think about what else can be found in your urine? How about H2O? Does that mean you shouldn't drink water? Ridiculous, of course.
Many essential substances can be detected in urine such as minerals, proteins, and yes, vitamins. It does not mean that you shouldn't eat foods or take supplements with these components in them. Positive urine tests for steroids and other drugs do not prove that these medications fail to work. In fact, if they're present in the urine we assume that they have done their job. These substances, like vitamins, don't pass through the body without having an impact. Our body takes what it needs and discards the rest.
Many necessary nutrients are not in sufficient quantity in our food supply to support optimal health. In the short term, we may be able to "get by" without taking nutritional supplements, but in the long run, it's better to be safe than sorry. Aside from a few exceptions like A, D, and selenium (which should be closely monitored) it's best to let your body absorb what is needed.
There is no way to know exactly how much of a vitamin, mineral, or other nutrient you need at any given time. However, there are comprehensive tests that can detect serious needs not being met. We encourage you to make your health, including your diet and nutritional needs, one of your highest priorities. And we can design a supplement program specific to your individual needs and health goals.
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