What Happens To Your Body When You Forget Your Daily Vitamins

Daily vitamins are part of the routine for many people. Half of adults in the United States take a multivitamin or vitamins regularly — and the percentage increases to 70 for those aged 65 and older (via Johns Hopkins Medicine). 

There will probably be days you miss taking your vitamins for one reason or another. But don't panic if you forget — experts say that maintaining a healthy diet and focusing on gaining your vitamins and minerals from food can outweigh the daily vitamin supplement.

"Pills are not a shortcut to better health and the prevention of chronic diseases," Johns Hopkins Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research director Larry Appel said. Appel added that he doesn't take a daily supplement, and instead focuses on produce, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and protein to get his necessary vitamins.

Johns Hopkins researchers also noted that daily multivitamins don't reduce risk of cancer, cognitive decline, early death, or heart disease.

What to do if you forget your daily vitamin

However, daily multivitamins can be helpful if you aren't able to keep up the healthy diet (via Today). In these cases, the vitamin serves as a booster to ensure you are giving your body necessary nutrients. Vitamin supplements, particularly those with folic acid, are also recommended for women looking to have children.

If you do decide to take daily vitamins, don't try to double up with extra pills on another day to make up for the supplement you forgot. It is important to not overdo vitamins, as it can have dangerous effects on your health. This is imperative when taking fat-soluble vitamins, where excess amounts are not eliminated through urine and are instead stored in your body.

The efficacy and necessity of vitamins are a hot topic in the healthcare world. If you do take daily vitamins, don't fret if you miss a day. Just consult with a medical professional about your concerns and nutritional needs.