Unfortunately being healthy isn’t as easy as popping a pill. It starts with a consistent diet of protein, carbohydrates, fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. You can’t live off of Twinkies, take a handful of vitamins, and assume you’re good to go. On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re paying attention to your diet and generally eating well, taking vitamins can overdose your system.
Start by spending your money on naturally vitamin-rich unprocessed foods and avoid the following vitamins, which can be bad for you when taken in excess.
1. Vitamin D
Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, weight gain, mood disorders, metabolic disorders, and multiple sclerosis. To counteract this, you might think it would make sense to take vitamin D supplements, but in trial after trial, supplemental vitamin D had no beneficial effect on people’s health. Research has found that low vitamin D was the result of poor health, not the cause. Rather than spending your money on this necessary vitamin, get outside. Just 10 minutes of sunlight gives you more than your daily recommended dose of vitamin D.