Why Take Supplements When I Eat a Healthful Diet?
I am sure that many people may scoff at the idea of taking a supplement or more than one supplement on a daily basis. I’ve spoken to quite a few people who have told me, “I eat a good diet. I don’t need to take vitamins.”
My brother once told me, “It’s only giving me expensive urine.”
That may be true that some people eat healthfully and that some of the excess vitamins may come out in the wash. But, more than likely your body is being deprived of the important vitamins and minerals it truly needs on a daily basis. The foods that we eat today are not cut out to supply us with the vitamins and minerals required for optimal health.
Our soils have been robbed of the minerals that they once had. Back in the day, when our grandfather’s and great grandfathers farmed the soils, their crops were nutritionally dense, had very few pesticides, if any, and they ate more whole foods than we do today. Their breads were fresh out of the oven from Non-GMO grains; they were unbleached and untainted, free from plastic residues, packaging glues, and preservatives. The meats that they ate were mainly grass fed and free range or wild which makes them much higher in omega 3’s and lower in saturated fat. They hunted and they gathered their foods. On the average they had less stress, less toxins in their bodies, they took less prescription drugs and antibiotics, and they ate higher quality, nutritionally dense foods.
We are Severely Deficient in Key Nutrients
A three year study, completed in 2011 on 16,110 people, has shown that the majority of Americans are severely deficient in the following nutrients: vitamin B-6, vitamin A, C, D, and E, zinc, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-12, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, and selenium. The largest concern is that we eat too much as a country and we are still deficient in these key nutrients! Our foods are just not cracked up to support our nutritional needs. This study was based on the minimum daily requirements. MINIMUM, is the smallest amount required to prevent severe illness, such as the 90 mg minimal requirement for Vitamin C. That’s just the amount that you need to keep you from getting scurvy. Our bodies need more than than the minimum requirements for optimal health and we aren’t even getting that!
Cancer Rates Are Soaring
One in three people…yes one out every three persons that you know will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Just stop…and process that fact for a moment. Cancer is caused when something goes wrong within the body and cells begin to accumulate in one spot as a lump of mutant, deformed cells. When the body can’t repair itself, cells can become damaged, leading to cancerous cells and tumor growths.
One way to take preventative measures from getting cancer is by taking in adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals so that your body is never deprived of the nutrition it needs to repair itself. Of course, avoiding toxins, eating a clean diet, and exercising will benefit your health as well. Without the proper nutrition, the body can’t heal itself and it becomes overburdened with toxins and deformed cells.
The 5 Supplements That Everyone Should be Taking
- A multivitamin with trace minerals – comprised of whole foods with all of the essential vitamins and minerals that you need to maintain your health. Ideally, the multivitamin should be USDA Certified Organic, free from pesticides, heavy metals, allergens, synthetic ingredients and additives. I highly recommend Drucker Labs -intraMAX 100% Organic 415 Nutrient, All in One Liquid Vitamin Supplement. This is the vitamin that I take, personally. They make a kids liquid vitamin as well. Drucker Labs – intraKID Raspberry Liquid Nutritional Supplement for Children.
- Enzymes – are another important factor in digestion and overall health. They should be in our foods, but since we eat mostly dead foods (processed, ultra pasteurized, microwaved, overcooked, robbed of nutrition) not live foods our bodies don’t get enough quality enzymes to assist in digestion. We produce fewer enzymes as we get older, too.
- Essential Fatty Acids – which are lacking in our meats these days, help to keep inflammation at bay and help to nourish the brain and lubricate our joints. We get far too many unhealthy fats and not enough healthy fats. Eating fish can help as well, but too much wild fish may increase heavy metal exposure. When I eat fish, I choose to eat wild fish as opposed to GMO grain fed, hormone raised farm fish. Wild fish is a healthier version in comparison to grain fed fish. Fish weren’t meant to eat grains.
- Vitamin D3 – The biggest deficiency occurring in older folks and those who do not get much sun exposure is the lack of vitamin D. Our bodies can only produce this vitamin when exposed to the sun and most people are extremely deficient. Most multivitamins do not provide enough of this important vitamin. Some doctors recommend taking 5,000 to 8,000 IUs daily for adults, depending on where you live, how much sun exposure you get, and the color of your skin. You can get tested if you are unsure. Shoot for vitamin D levels in between 50 and 70 ng/ml.
- Probiotics – are essential to providing healthy flora within the gut. Because our foods do not have enough live nutrition in them, they lack the healthy bacteria as well. When there are not enough good strains of bacteria in our guts, unhealthy bacteria and yeast begin to flourish within. Staying healthy starts in the gut. That’s why a good probiotic is essential for optimal health.
I hope that this article has helped you to understand the importance of supplements in your diet. Getting the proper nutrition is vital to our health these days. If we aren’t getting it from the foods we eat, and we aren’t, we need to supplement our diet with high quality supplements. Here’s to our good health!
By Colleen Moriarty, DR Vitamin Solutions