Why Take Supplements?

Eight Good Reasons Why You Should Take Supplements

1. The American Diet

1. The American Diet

For most Americans, their diet consists of foods that are far from nutrient-rich: heavily processed; not organic or fresh; hardly nutritious; lacking in live enzymes; and often loaded with sugar, salt, fat, and additives. Even foods that are not processed (such as red meat, poultry, and fish) may be loaded with GMOs, growth hormones, and other toxic substances. As the Journal of Nutrition reported in 2011, the result is that many Americans are deficient in key nutrients.1

2. Toxic Overload

2. Toxic Overload

In our modern world, our bodies need nutrients to handle all the toxins that we encounter daily. In 2011, the National Institutes of Health calculated the devastating neurological impact of our toxic American life.2 The nutrients in food today just aren’t cutting it, especially when it’s a known fact that much of the food we eat is low in nutrients… and that much of this food itself comes loaded with toxins. You can choose supplements to help combat the overwhelm of toxins in your environment.

3. Genetic Hybrids

3. Genetic Hybrids

Producers are creating “hybrid” forms of fruits and veggies for their color, weight, and shelf life. But all this does is push nutrient values even lower. What you think is nutritious is not much more than indigestible cellulose, sugar, and water. As the New York Times revealed, we are “breeding the nutrition out of our food.”3 For example, genetic hybrid oranges have more pith (the white fibrous netting around an orange that’s indigestible), but much less vitamin and mineral content.

4. Soil Depletion

4. Soil Depletion

Commercial farming and powerful fertilizers have significantly depleted our soils of vital nutrients, both in the United States and around the world. According to USDA records and a 2004 report in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, nutritional values for fruits and vegetables today are woefully below what you could get in 1970s.4 Soil is slowly losing nutrients the essential nutrients we need for proper diet and nutrition. Our food is only as nutrient-rich as the soil where it grows.

5. Water Depletion

5. Water Depletion

Water is also depleted of minerals due to modern production methods and the use of water filters. As the World Health Organization identified in 2005, important minerals (such as magnesium) are removed from our water in North America.5 For generations, humans relied on nutrient-rich water sources to provide these essential minerals that our bodies use. Today, many people are missing out on the daily nutrient intake from this key resource.

6. Poor Nutrient Absorption

6. Poor Nutrient Absorption

Your body’s ability to absorb nutrients as you grow older, and many elderly also take medications that interfere with nutrient absorption. According to the Poliquin Group, half the U.S. population has inadequate stomach acid.6 This means food isn’t absorbed properly. Vitamin supplements can help compensate for nutrients lost during digestion.

7. Long Distance Produce

7. Long Distance Produce

Today, much of the produce at your local grocery store was shipped from across the country or around the world. According to the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, vitamins in these foods are depleted, as they are shipped long distances and stored for long periods of time.7 Sometimes, produce is harvested weeks or months before your purchase! Buying local and organic produce is your best option for the maximum amount of nutrition.

8. Exercise Demands Nutrients

8. Exercise Demands Nutrients

When you exercise, your body demands more nutrients for energy production and recovery. Since much of today’s food lacks sufficient nutrition, supplementation bridges the gap. As the U.S. National Library of Medicine concludes, the more that you exercise your body, the more nutrients your body needs to maintain its optimum wellness.8

As you can see, there’s a clear need for supplementation. Supplements fill in the nutritional gaps in our diet.

Unforutnately, a “good, balanced” diet is not enough. When you take into account the combination of poor food choices, over-processed foods, and poor farming practices, our food yields sub-standard nutritional support.

A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2002 found that many people (including the elderly, vegans, alcoholics, and those with absorption problems) were not getting an adequate vitamin intake. It concluded that it “appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.”

In today’s society, taking supplements is an essential step towards optimum wellness.

References

Disclaimer: Despite the references provided, the information on this site is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. Please refer for advise and treatment by a licensed physician.

  1. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/141/10/1847
  2. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1104170/
  3. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-our-food.html
  4. http://news.utexas.edu/2004/12/01/nr_chemistry
  5. http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutrientsindw.pdf
  6. http://main.poliquingroup.com/Tips/tabid/130/EntryId/2280/Five-Ways-Your-Digestion-Goes-Wrong-and-How-To-Fix-It.aspx
  7. http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/resources/guides/research-based-support-for-local-food-systems.pdf
  8. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002458.htm