- The Article Gist
Research by the USDA showed that 37% of Americans don’t get enough vitamin C. 70% do not get enough vitamin E. Almost 75% don’t get enough zinc, and 40% don’t get enough iron. Another survey also shows that 40% are vitamin D deficient, rising to 76% in pregnant mothers and 80% among people in care homes.
The survey results shows a lack of vitamins and minerals, which gives rise to three main questions:
- If I eat a healthy diet, do I need to take supplements?
- What supplements should I take?
- What makes a good quality supplement and where can I buy them?
Digging deeper into vitamins and minerals
You likely want to stay fit and healthy, and you probably recognise that your quality of life will suffer if you have to take time off work due to ill health, especially if you are self-employed or in a business where the income relies on you.
Ensuring you get the right level of vitamins and minerals into your body can sustain good health and help prevent, preventable illness or disease.
This article explores how you can do that by exploring the 3 key questions above…
If I eat a healthy diet do I need to take supplements?
By eating a balanced diet, with a variety of plant-based foods, whole grains and fruits, and by eradicating processed and packaged foods, you will certainly support your body by providing it with the goodness it needs.
BUT, will your body get all it needs?
When it comes to getting the right nutrition into your body you have to consider soil depletion where the quality of soil has been exhausted by over-farming and lack of nutrition in the soil.
You will also want to consider that long storage and transportation periods causes diminished nutritional value in foods. For example, it’s not unusual for fruits and vegetables to spend 5 days in transit and up to 3 days on a shelf, before sale. Once in the home they can then be stored for up to 7 days before use. Some foods are mechanically harvested causing stress to the plant and some can be picked (cut off from their nutritional supply) before ripe, further reducing their nutrient value.
Having considered what happens to the food you also want to consider what happens to the body…
For example, if the body suffers because of poor nutrition and you exercise or lead an active lifestyle, you will further exhaust the body.
What Supplements Should I take?
It’s easy to be shocked by the media or influenced into taking supplements because of a perceived need or a report that raises an alarm.
The truth is we are all a little different – one size doesn’t fit all and what might work for your friend or spouse, might not work for you.
You may have taken a test at some point in the past that highlighted a need for supplementation, this may have been a DNA test, private blood test, a medical test, nutritional or other. This may have shown a real need for supplementation.
Once supplementation has been recommended it is always a good idea to check periodically to see if the supplementation is having the desired result. Sometimes the need for supplementation passes or a condition in the body changes and the need passes and naturally corrects itself. Other times it persists and it can be easy to forget why you were taking the supplementation in the first place.
Also, there are many supplements on the market. Many give the impression of being a “cure-all” and it can be pretty confusing to know which you really need and which to invest your money in.
Tests you can take to check the need for supplementation
When you take supplements it’s important to know you are taking them because your body has a specific need. DNA testing shows that certain genes may be turned on or off. Testa also show that while some people get benefits from some foods, others people’s bodies struggle to absorb the required nutrition and gain little benefit for a food, sometimes highlighting the need for additional supplementation to help the body. Read reviews on DNA testing here.
Another way to know if you need supplementation is to take a private blood test. A private blood test will check for a variety of vitamins and minerals present in your blood. An individual test gives you the current picture and you can either add or reduce supplementation and check the results in 3-6 months. Read reviews on Private Blood tests.
What makes a good supplement and where to buy them
Not all supplements are required to be tested by law before they hit the shelves and the claims on some packaging can be marketing spin and not accurate and official information.
Also, several studies have taken place in an attempt to justify the use of vitamin and mineral supplements. Many studies many came to the conclusion that there is no concrete evidence to suggest that the majority of dietary and nutritional supplements have any real positive impact on health. That said, not all supplements are created equal…
Some supplements are synthetic while others go through a heating process that damages the enzymes. These are the supplements that would give you very little benefit.
The best supplements have been created with little or no damage to the nutritional value, thus supporting your body’s needs. When buying supplements, it is best to avoid cheap brands and ensure that the supplement you are buying has gone through a “Good Manufacturing Process (GMP).
There is no official GMP approval, but quality supplements won’t hide their process if you check out their websites.