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I was wondering if there was any good way to add vitamins into water as that they would be affective, but never overdose the person no matter how much they drink? I personally can only drink so much of the brand name vitamin water without thinking about the artifical colors and flavors. But I'd like to be able to be taking vitamins every time I consume large amounts of water through the day. Preferably without noticable flavor.

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Hi James,
It's probably not possible to gauge how much to put in a beverage so that you can't overdose no matter how much you drink.
After a certain amount, even while it may not be harmful, your body just can't use any more of some water soluble vitamins so it excretes the extra in urine. You might notice after having something fortified with vitamins (like some breakfast cereals) you urine is almost a bright yellow--that is from the presence of B vitamins.
And you really don't have to add vitamins to make water healthy. There are all sorts of nutrients in beverages that occur naturally. Orange Juice provides vitamin C, and tea can provide antioxidants, for example. Think about just adding a splash of juice to flavor your water, or drink tea some of the time. There are over a hundred varieties of herbal teas and they can be enjoyed iced as well as hot.
With a balanced diet you can get all the vitamins you need from your food, so there's really no reason to consume extra in an artificially-fortified water.
But extra water....it's hard to go wrong with just drinking plain water!

Laurie

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Laurie Beebe, MS, RD, LD

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As a registered dietitian (RD)I am fully qualified to accurately answer questions regarding weight loss, including those from people with health conditions requiring dietary restrictions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) who want to lose weight, or who have been advised to do so by their physician.

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I have been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and have a certificate in Adult Weight Management through the commission on dietetic registration at Level 1 and Level 2. I am also trained in coaching through Coach U and currently work as a diet coach to help people lose weight the healthy way, through gradual habit changes.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, Nutrition Entreprenuers, St.Louis International Coach Federation, Toastmasters

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Livestrong.com, Glamour.com, Ezinearticles.com, Ehow.com, Today's Dietitian

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida, 1983; Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University 1985; Certificate in Adult Weight Management 2006; CoachU core essentials grad 2007; Level 2 certificate in Adult Weight Management 2010.

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