*Note: I wrote this post during a high point of my anxiety, so I was super sassy when telling the back story
I came up with the idea to blog about this topic a while ago when I was giving Cory health advice. In attempts to help him improve a cold he had at the time, I told him to start taking vitamins and drink lots of water.
Sounds like good, normal advice, right?
Well, he came back the next day and told me that he should not drink too much water because it will flush all the vitamins out of his body. And who told him this? Some guy at work.
So what does this tell us? Obviously my opinion ranks lower than this guy’s, which is why I set out to do my research and prove both Cory and said coworker wrong.
After my first vitamin post, I knew I had to do a follow up post to address the common question, “Does water flush out vitamins?”
There are two types of vitamins: water-soluble and fat-soluble.
- Vitamin C and all Vitamin B (Biotin, Folate, Thiamine)
- Vitamin C protects your cells and helps your immune system function properly
- Vitamin B’s work together to metabolize nutrients in what we eat
Water-soluble vitamins are only in your body for a short period of time. Your body will only use what it needs during a certain time frame and will excrete what it does not need. Because your body gets rid of the amount of these vitamins that it does not need, high doses of Vitamins C and B do not have a negative impact on adults. Also, since your body excretes what it doesn’t need, the amount of water you drink does not impact the amount of water-soluble vitamins that remain in your body.
- Vitamins A, D, E, and K are absorbed with the help of fat in your body and stored in fat deposits and your liver.
- Vitamin A maintains the health in your teeth, bones, soft tissue, and skin
- Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium
- Vitamin E helps form red blood cells
- Vitamin K helps your blood coagulate (stick together)
These vitamins are stored in your body and only released when your body is in need of them. Because they are only released when needed, the amount of water you drink will have no effect on the amount of fat-soluble vitamins still in your body. Since the excess vitamins are stored and not excreted, they can be toxic if you ingest a large amount. However, it is uncommon to overdose on these vitamins in your daily diet. If you take multivitamins or supplements, read the dosage amounts to ensure the health of your body.
Do you take your vitamins regularly?
Yes, I am guilty of not taking them every day too. However, they really are beneficial to your health. I know I am deficient of necessary vitamins when I notice that I am constantly tired, even after drinking a couple cups of tea or that Coke-zero (my obsession) pick-me-up at 2 pm. It’s seriously crazy how much energy I have on days I take my B vitamins compared to days I forget about it.
So, start getting into a daily routine to get your health back on track. And drink that water too without the worry that it will flush the vitamins you just took!
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