Vitamins and your Nutritional Counseling

Why would anyone take vitamins? Have you ever heard anyone say, “I get all my vitamins from food?” Do you think that is true?  But do you get enough of your vitamins and nutrients from organic fruit and vegetables? The truth is that it is exceedingly difficult to get every nutrient/vitamin that you need for every cell in your body from your food on a daily basis. 

 Your vitamins regimen needs to be as personalized as you are. We believe vitamins should be obtained from natural sources, and not synthetic. We also believe that each person needs to buy what is best for them and their budget. Vitamins help to slow the aging process, boost immunity, support heart and eye function, reduce joint pain, reduce cancer risk, and increase general wellbeing.


What if your life changes, or you have more stress, or higher demands on your body?  What if you are training as a professional athlete?  Or if you are a teenager in high school and have set a goal to be a college athlete?  Or find yourself with the flu or common cold?  These things need nutritional counseling by your chiropractor, not a store clerk.


  • Are you getting enough? The Center for Disease Control recommends 1.5 to 2.0 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables a day. Do you consume the full 1.5 to 2.00 cups of fruits a day with your busy schedule? Or the 2-3 cups of vegetables? How about your fats, or protein?  Most people have trouble with portion control.
  • What effects the absorption of vitamins? Many things effect the absorption of your vitamins. The medication you may be taking can be affecting your absorption. Lots of medicines have warning labels stating, “do to not take with grapefruit, or vitamin E”. Because of the way some medications work, you may need additional vitamins. Cholesterol medications known as “statins” are a good example. They drastically reduce Co Q10 enzyme which is responsible for keeping your heart healthy. Therefore, taking a Co Q10 supplement is highly recommended for patients who take a statin medication. There are many other examples of this type of medication interaction.
  • Are pesticides effecting your food absorption?
  • Also, the way your vegetables are cooked makes a difference in the amount of vitamins you absorb.
  • Do you already have an unhealthy diet?
  • What is an IU, mcg, or mg on a daily allowance?
  • What does the Recommended Daily Allowance refer to? 

Dr. Porter can help with your nutritional counseling like dosage, and possible interactions with other medicines you are already taking and guide you through the maze of vitamins and supplements available helping you to optimize your health.