Vitamin-enhanced waters have become a multi-million dollar business in recent years. Yet, these drinks are relatively expensive and may not deliver all the nutrients they promised. In fact, most Americans aren’t vitamin-deficient and probably don’t need vitamin water, But by recognizing water-soluble vitamins and adding them to your water with food or supplements, you can get an extra dose of nutrition and even add some flavor to plain water.
Use supplements only as necessary. You might find it hard to get enough vitamins and nutrients through your diet. While it’s ok to add a multi-vitamin or supplements to your water, try and get as many of these as possible from foods.
- Consult with your doctor before taking vitamins and supplements to ensure they are safe for you.
- Be aware of vitamin “megadoses,” which may be detrimental to your health.
- Taking too many of them for a long time can have harmful effects. Effervescent Vitamin and mineral supplements have up to 1g of salt per tablet.
Decide what type of vitamin supplements you want to add to your water. You can buy tablets to crush, a prepared powder, or liquid vitamin supplements, which will dissolve better than tablets. Deciding on the type of vitamin to take is an important step in knowing how to add vitamins to water.
- Remember that Vitamins C and the B complex are the only supplements you can mix with water to get their nutritional value. Other vitamins need fat to circulate through your system.
- Buy single pills of vitamin C or B complex at your local pharmacy and crush them.
- Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health store specialist if there are powdered or liquid versions of the vitamins you can mix with water.
Crush your vitamins. If you decide to use vitamin pills in your water, you’ll need to pulverize them before you mix them into the water. Use a mortar and pestle or a pill crusher.
- Make sure the vitamins are ground into a fine powder so that they mix easily into the water.
- Be aware that not fully pulverizing the pills could make it difficult for your body to absorb them.
- Crush only the recommended daily dose of your vitamin.
Read packaging instructions. If you chose to use a powdered vitamin or liquid form, read the packaging label. This can help you know the amount to mix with water for optimal absorption.
- Avoid taking more than the recommended value per day. This can help prevent serious health conditions from consuming too many vitamins.
Mix the supplements with water. Once your supplement powder or liquid is ready, you’re ready to mix them with your water. Make sure to shake the mixture well in a clean bottle so that the vitamins are able to be easily absorbed in your system.
- Use boiled or distilled water, not plain tap water.
- Fill the water bottle ¾ full and then add the vitamins. Consider adding them to warm water for better dissolving and absorption by your body.