Why Do We All Need Vitamins?
When it comes to vitamins most people have the same mindset: “I don’t need vitamins. The nutrients that I need are in my food.” Obviously, if I am taking the time to write an article on the importance of vitamins, this mindset holds no truth.
In all honesty, I used to think the same thing. I also am not a big fan of swallowing pills. It’s not too difficult to get past that. We can teach ourselves to do what we have to do.
Let’s define vitamins: 1) A key nutrient that the body needs to grow and stay strong. 2) One of the organic compounds needed by the body for good health, proper metabolic functioning and disease prevention.
Why do we have to take vitamins? Decades ago, food actually contained a lot of the vital nutrients that we need to be consuming on a daily basis. This is not the case anymore. Food now is very tainted and stripped of nutrients. It is just not as nutritious as it should be. Add to that the fact that most people aren’t on healthy diets to begin with, so they aren’t getting their nutrients anyway.
So, even if you have the ‘perfect diet’, which is next to impossible, you still need vitamins. In fact, every nutrition and fitness professional that I know takes vitamins.
It is now recommended that we get up to 10 servings of vegetables a day. I don’t know about you, but my pallet doesn’t seem to like veggies. For instance, I seem to only like a few green veggies. (This is something that I am working on, but even still I will never get 10 servings.)
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Our bodies need a variety of fruits and vegetables because they contain different nutrients. Ie: You get different nutrients from dark leafy varieties, orange varieties , dry beans and peas and starchy veggies. As far as fruits go, you need to eat a variety of them as well. Most people will never consume all these nutrients in one day, every day. This is because we either don’t have the time or creativity to shop for them or we just don’t like them or we are unaware that we even need them.
There are 13 known vitamins: A, D, E, K, C and 8 different kinds of vitamin B. You can actually get all of these in one multivitamin because they are loaded with different kinds of vital vitamins. You would just need to take 2 to 3 a day. (Look at the instructions for dosage). Of course, if you have specific health conditions, you will probably need to take a supplement for that. Osteoporosis runs in my family so I take my calcium every day, along with a multivitamin, as well as getting it in my diet.
What I listed above are the main vitamins. Some people really believe in the power of vitamins and go beyond the norm. You may be a person who wants to branch out and use supplements for other reasons. Let me just say this: I have seen people who think that taking vitamins is going to make up for a crappy diet or lack of exercise. No, it’s not. Nothing is a miracle cure. Your health is your responsibility. Now, if you are working on those other areas, more power to you. I say you have the right to branch out and be as healthy as you can. Just remember we all need-Balance, balance and more balance!
Let’s go over a few other kinds of vitamins: Herbal supplements can simply be defined as natural remedies. A person may take a ginger for motion sickness, ginkgo biloba for memory or echinacea for colds,etc.
Nutritional oils offer doses of fatty acids, including the Omega’s. These aid in heart, cellular and metabolic health. We have all heard of Omega 3 fatty acid.
Antioxidants are natural substances that help fight the damaging effects of free radicals. The danger of free radicals is that they can lead to the premature aging of cells and they have been linked with cancer and other diseases. Antioxidants can help boost your boost immune system.
Amino acids are necessary for health and wellness in that they are the building blocks of protein. They support muscle tissue.
Everyone knows that calcium aids in bone strength and it’s imperative that everyone gets an adequate amount. This is especially true for small boned women. Osteoporosis is probably more common than you think. Take calcium with vitamin D because it helps with the absorption of calcium.
If you really want to learn about the right way to get nutrients, just surf the Internet and look for ‘organic vitamins’. But, whether you choose to take the main road and take regular vitamins or you choose to go the ‘organic’ road, you need vitamins! Without them your health is at risk and you aren’t doing yourself any favors.
It’s good just to start with a mulltivitamin.Most vitamin stores have multivitamins which are formulated for men and women. Check out good vitamins at great prices.
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