Why should you take vitamin supplements? There are several reasons but the biggest one is because today’s food supply no longer gives your body the nutrients that are required for optimum health. Preservatives, processing, cooking and soil depletion are all factors in food that is not as nutrient rich as it once was.
Our environment and the toxins in it are at a much higher level that they were years ago. The EPA has estimate that thousands of chemicals have been dumped throughout our nation in the last hundred years or so. We also have a high level of carcinogens in the foods we eat every day. We also have to deal with air and water pollution and a constant buzz of electromagnetic in our environment.
All of these factors may create free radicals in our bodies and weaken our immune systems and making it harder to fight disease. More than 70 diseases have been linked to free radical damage including heart disease, cancer and emphysema. Taking vitamins supplements with antioxidants can give your body the help it needs in combating these free radicals.
Vitamins can also help make up for poor dietary choices. For more and more people it is harder than ever to get a healthy and balanced diet. And as you have read on this web site the Standard American Diet or SAD is not a healthy diet. Less than 10% of people get the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. And we aren’t talking about the canned kind, you need fresh fruits and veggies.
The diet you may be eating can leave you deficient in much needed nutrients making you much more susceptible to disease. It should be noted however that taking vitamin supplements should never be an excuse for purposely eating poorly. If you purposely eat a junky diet and think that you can stay healthy by taking supplements, they won’t be of any benefit to you.
Vitamin supplements are just that, supplements. They are not meal replacements or miracle cures, they are to give you needed nutrients when you occasionally can’t get a balanced diet. Nothing will replace the benefits of a healthy diet. Please don’t think otherwise. Use supplements responsibly!
With all the reasons to take supplements there are really only a few things you may need to take. If you eat the right diet, it can provide nearly everything you need to be healthy. There are only a few things that we take on a regular basis.