January gives each of us the chance to hit the “reset” button. For many of us, we set resolutions for the new year in hopes of getting off on the right foot. We set goals of getting healthier, detoxing our body, eating clean, learning to say NO to things, exercising more etc. But over at BINTO, we wanted to take a deeper dive into our health routine and not just detox our diets, but detox our vitamin drawer as well.
Did you know that no governing body, including the FDA, regulates the over-the-counter vitamin and supplement market? That means that manufacturers (and the like) pretty much have free-reign when it comes to the items in their products. This is REALLY scary because, well, who has time and knowledge to figure out exactly what is “good” vs. what is “bad” in our daily vitamin routine? In this blog update, team BINTO will give you the low-down. Phew!
Reading the label:
First, take every vitamin bottle in your house and put them out on the dinning-room table (or clean surface). Second, go through each bottle carefully. At BINTO, we look at the front label first.
- Make sure the brand is one you trust i.e., a company that is sustainable or green, is certified GMP (good manufacturing practices)
- Openly states where it sources it’s ingredients.
- Perhaps you might find on the front whether or not the brand is certified USDA Organic.
From the front, move to the back:
Here you want to look at the expiration date, ingredients and sourcing:
- If the item is expired, get rid of it! The ingredients will not be good, or active, past their marked expiration date.
- If the item contains any animal by-product, we suggest tossing it. Most vitamins and minerals can be sourced from plants. This can be easier on your tummy and, if you are vegan or vegetarian, then you don’t want to mistakenly ingest animal products. You should also make sure the company does NOT test the products on animals. That is just cruel!
- Look for fillers. Vitamins and medicines in general can be ridden with these types of ingredients. These are things like “gluten meal.” Look for food-based and natural fillers that are food based like rice, mushroom, potato, tapioca, cellulose… (we like it with an “organic” in front of it!).
- Make sure if there is fish-derived DHA/EPA (aka omega 3 fatty acids/fish oil) that the fish oil is sourced from sustainable growers. We prefer algae DHA as it is plant-based from farmers, and it is vegan.
- This is where things get hairy: NON-GMO. OK. What the heck does that mean? This is actually something that is used for FOODs (not vitamins yet). This means that something is made naturally, not “genetically modified.”
- Some vitamins and minerals have to be “man” made. Take vitamin C for instance, this vitamin/antioxidant can technically be made in a lab with two ingredients. You will not necessarily find it “naturally,” so don’t sweat something so minor and technical when it comes to the make-up of your vitamin C.
Now that you have read the labels, and gone through these “detoxing” points, get rid of the items that fall into the bad pile. You can actually just toss these in the trash (if you have expired medications please dispose of those accordingly).
Restocking your stash with a daily dose of goodness for the “Do it yourself:”
You did it! You cleaned out the junk and said good-bye to those bad vitamins. Now it’s time to restock with healthy, good-for-you, vitamins that will support your body and reproductive health needs.
- When focusing on your reproductive health, make sure you choose a women’s vitamin or prenatal that has AT LEAST 400 mcg of folic acid (unless instructed otherwise by you health care provider!). Folic acid is critical to fetal brain development, and the prevention of neural tube defects.
- Make sure if you are trying to conceive that you are getting DHA in your diet and through your vitamin. DHA is also critical to fetal brain development and is now recommended in every prenatal.
- DO NOT overdue vitamin A. This can cause serious damages to a fetus during pregnancy. According to the CDC, take no more than 10,000 international units a day.
- Take care of your hair, skin and nails by making sure your vitamin contains biotin, vitamin B12, calcium and vitamin D (also really important for bone health).
- OVERALL - make sure you choose a brand that is open about the source of it’s product ingredient, contains the correct levels of DHA and folic acid, uses primarily natural ingredients, uses gluten-free fillers (like raw food bases), and aim for one that’s organic.
For the “I want help please do this for me person:”
Get yourself a BINTO subscription!
Now that you have the low-down, it’s time to get your vitamin detox underway, and set yourself up with the good stuff! Did you know that all of our BINTO subscriptions get you the safe and effective items you need to restock your vitamin supply? Yep, that’s right. We’re here for you!
Note: If you are pregnant, choose a prenatal that has B12 and ginger. This will help with digestion issues. You can also take a probiotic that contains helpful digestive enzymes.
The Centers for Disease Control
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine
The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology