In a simple, one-word answer: YES. But, this would be the shortest blog post ever written, so I will elaborate on why it is imperative that every person supplement their diet with a good multi-vitamin.
Even the healthiest of eaters should be taking a multi-vitamin daily. Why? Because taking a multi-vitamin is like an insurance policy. You may think you don’t need it, but you don’t want to find out when you do need it that you don’t have it. Human bodies require over 40 nutrients daily to function in an optimal capacity. And, while a healthy diet may help, it simply won’t give you what you need on a daily basis. And, here’s why.
Fruits and vegetables grown today have less nutrients today than 50 years ago. What?! Yes. Seriously. Agricultural practices over the last 50 years have been designed to increase produce size, shorten the growth rate and improve pest resistance in order to feed the masses, however maintaining the nutrient value and content has fallen by the wayside. Pair this with the constant soil depletion from continual growth with little to no crop rotation and it makes for much less nutrient dense produce. Studies over the last ten years have proven a reliable decline in protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, B2, B6, C, E and zinc in most fresh produce corporately grown today.
So, what can we do to prevent nutrient deficiency? First of all, keep your diet as clean and as a organic as possible. Also, get to know where your food comes from and who grows it. If you go to a local farmer’s market, you are going to get more nutritionally dense produce than at the grocery store. Ask them about crop rotation, heirloom seeds and if they use pesticides. Or better yet, start your own victory garden, if possible. Your body will thank you for every step you take to provide it with the proper fuel.
With that being said, a healthy diet isn’t enough. Remember that cereal commercial where they would stack up 16 bowls of generic cereal and compare it to one bowl of the cereal they were selling? Well, it’s just like that! British Food Journal studies concluded that we would have to eat eight oranges in order to get the same amount of vitamin A our grandparents got 50 years ago in just one orange.
This is where supplementation comes in. No one wants to eat up to 8 times the amount of fruits and vegetables everyday just to get the minimum amount of vitamins and minerals your body needs to optimally function. And, this doesn’t even begin to address the amount your would have to eat if you had a nutritional deficiency! Nearly 80% of Americans are deficient in at least one vitamin or mineral (most likely potassium), therefore a whole foods multi-vitamin and mineral supplement is essential to your health and well-being.
Want to know more about whole foods based multi-vitamins? Do you want to know where to find a trusted brand of vitamins? We always recommend Standard Process supplements in our office. You can go here to learn more about how their whole food supplements are made and you can call the office to place an order.
J.D. Jones, Blogger, Chambers Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Martinsburg, WV
To correspond with J.D., you can email her at JJones.Chambers@gmail.com or call the office at (304) 263-4927.