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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 11:33
I have trouble taking vitamins - they seem to upset my stomach. I've tried only taking them after I eat but my largest meal is at night (I am trying to switch this around). Any ideas? Or maybe if they upset my stomach they are not so great after all?

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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 11:44
I started taking a multivitamin in December. I used to take it with lunch, but I would swallow the pill *before* I started eating. I noticed that I would feel very nauseated halfway through eating my lunch, so I did a little googling. Apparently the iron content in multivitamins is more iron than many people are used to ingesting in one concentrated dose. I switched to swallowing the pill after I'd already finished eating, so that it would fall into my full stomach, rather than at the beginning of the meal.
I don't think you need to take the vitamin with your -largest- meal, necessarily. Just taking a quick glance at your diet calendar, I think you would be fine taking it directly after lunch.

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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 11:46
I cannot take them either and I have survived until now, and I am 48. I do take cod liver fish oil that naturally has vitamin D, though not all the time, but it is a natural substance and does not contain any chemicals, so I do not have any issues with it. I eat a lot of vegetables though and drink some fresh vegetable juice that I make myself. If you eat a balanced diet and do not have any medical conditions, you do not need to clog your body with chemicals.
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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 11:47
I eat the gummy vitamins. They're less harsh on the stomach.
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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 12:12
I take mine at night before I go to bed because I've have felt sick taking them during the day. If it's a tablet vitamin, you can always break it in half and take it 2 separate times daily.
I haven't tried the gummies - but I have several friends who swear by them!

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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 13:17
They nauseate me too. Try getting an IRON FREE variety, and making sure you get enough iron via green vegetables and/or small amounts of red meat. If you need the iron, take it immediately after you eat (not before or during) and with a glass of something soothing (think milk or soy milk). For me taking it with something acidic like diet soda or juice makes it worse because they dissolve faster and the acid contributes to an upset stomach. Hope this helps you Smile

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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 13:28
You can take a children's multivitamin without iron in it, and taking the vitamin at night is FINE, that's when your body does its building anyway. You're probably less likely to pee it out. Wink I take some at night and some in the morning. If you are taking a children's vitamin, then you probably need to read the dosing. If it says two a day for adults, try one in the am and one pm. And IRON can be a culprit of upset stomach. It causes constipation for many folks. You can always talk to a doc about this, though. Some vitamins are stored in the body and it's possible to build up a store of those in your system. For instance, vitamin D is stored in fat tissues, but others are excreted through urine. (I know this fun stuff because I've been living in Alaska and I've had some deficiencies because of it) At the low levels of a daily multivitamin, its probably nothing to worry about, though, just when you get into mega-dosing individual letter vitamins and other minerals on your own. Hope they go down easier for you. I still can't take mine on an empty tummy and I always keep them counted out into a plastic tray to remind myself if I've had them or not.
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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 13:29

I take SISU multivitamins ("Multi Vi Min"Wink, they are in capsules, so easy to swallow and don't give me any trouble with nausea the way some big pills used to.
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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 16:40
I have the same problem and the gummy vitamins have done wonders for me. I love it as well because its like a little treat Smile

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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 17:18
It's probably better to try to eat a balanced, nutrient-rich diet than to eat a poor diet and make up for it with vitamin pills.

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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 17:33
I've heard that it's actually not a bad idea to take a multi even if you eat healthy. The nutrient content is most of our food has declined over time as intensive farming depletes the soil. Farmers have figured out that they just need to add NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous & potassium) back to the soil to get things to grow, so unless you're eating primarily organic fruits and veggies, they may not have as much nutrition as you think. It's pretty sad Sad
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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 17:50
I read the same thing last night, Natalie, in Jordan Rubin's Extrordinary Health magazine. Still need a multivitamin.

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Posted: 09 Feb 2012, 19:32
I don't know how many vitamins you are taking but I take some throughout the day. I usually take my omega3 after I eat breakfast because it doesn't really hurt my stomach, after lunch I take a calcium with d and then take a B complex and multi right before I go to bed because I found they are the ones that upset my stomach.

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Posted: 07 Aug 2012, 20:15
After a bit of searching - I have found a chocolate powdered - multivitamin that I can add to my chocolate protein shake - and it doesn't upset my stomach. It seems to have everything in it a girl could ask for - I'm going to give it a try - (there's Men's too) I got mine from GNC but I'm sure there's other options at other supplement stores - hopefully this helps anyone else out wih the same issues! Thanks for all your posts peeps!

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Posted: 07 Aug 2012, 20:29
I take one vitamin with breakfast (the vit B makes me too wired at night) instead of the two suggested on the bottle, you dont need to add a hundred percent of everything if you are already eating a balanced diet, and that doesn't mess with my stomach as much.

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