As you begin to make changes in your diet and in your gut, it is really, really important to find a good vitamin that works for you. The main reason that you want to begin this as soon as possible is to give your body a wide range of basic tools for cleaning, healing, maintenance and repair. Really, with an intense, nutrient dense diet you might not need a multi..... but that is difficult in this day and age. I don't really see a time that our family will not be taking a good basic vitamin.
A common problem in our life is too much stress. This tends to burn up the accessible B vitamins (and probably others ) in our body. One visible side effect is a rapid graying and/or thinning of your hair (look at any president). I don't know what the invisible side effects are. That is just something you can see. I am just saying that if you have gone through time of high stress - or that is just how you live - and you notice thinned or rapidly graying hair....... ask yourself what might be going on inside with your organs or your body systems.
The main reason that my family uses a powder vitamin is the accessibility of the vitamins. Liquid probably does the same thing, but we found one that worked for us and we just stuck to it. Other choices are probably just as good. I know there are some really, really good liquid vitamins available. The dosage is not an exact science, but it does not need to be. If your gut is in great shape, you can probably break apart those pills full of fillers and binders and other stuff :) go right ahead.
I am NOT a big proponent of switching out pharmaceuticals with vitamins. If there is a problem in your health I always think it is better to find the source of the problem and correct it as naturally as possible. Over the past few years I have spent a lot of time trying to replace various vitamins and supplements with foods. My favorite quote is from Hippocrates "let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" but the truth is that we live in a toxic world. Take some vitamins that your body can absorb and use easily. ESPECIALLY if you have made some significant changes in your diet.
Remember to give yourself some time, make one change at a time, don't push yourself so hard you hit a wall (this note is to me... and maybe a couple of you too!). Pay attention to the short term and long term changes you are trying to bring about and try some food that is old to mankind and new to you. Decide on a good multi vitamin for your family and try to tie it to an event. Allow broad based healing to come in to your life. Don't shut down detox issues (a different topic) any more than necessary. Eat to nourish your body.
THE EXTRA STEP:
Real Simple magazine did an article on various types of vitamins. I have linked the page for the vitamin that our family takes. It has good information, and really, the entire article looks good. If someone has that magazine (Dec 2009), I would love to borrow it.
Here is the blog from All One on the Real Simple article (I will just let them speak for themselves).
While I was trying to figure out how to spell Hippocrates I came across this great web site that really articulates how I feel about food, medicine and health. You might like it. -Please note that I only was on the page I linked and hope it is a good overall site.
This looks like a really, really in depth site on agriculture, pharmaceuticals and health. I only skimmed some of it, but will read it later. I am listing it here for reference.
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