You're not alone if you've got a plethora of excuses as to why NOT to take supplements. After all, they cost money, their contents can be found in food, and trying to remember to take the lil' buggers is super annoying. What's the big deal? Supplements can't be that important, right?
Well, consider this. You live in a world where fresh, non-genetically enhanced, and pesticide-free food is not always available. Most of your food is probably overly-processed and often contains more sugar and sodium than vitamins. Sure, you may buy organic food as often as you can and you may even cook from scratch. But unless you're growing your own whole-grain and eating an insane variety of fresh foods daily, you could be missing out on essential nutrients. While eating healthfully is a must, the array of supplements that are currently available can seriously enhance your well-being.
Here's why you should take supplements:
- The soil has been sapped of its nutrients and minerals. Even organically-grown produce is often produced in soil that has been worn out and overused.
- Most people are low in some vitamin or nutrient and don't even realize it. Taking a multivitamin might surprise you. Goodbye random headaches and fatigue.
- If you're trying to slim down or beef up your physical training then supplements are a must. Losing weight often means caloric restriction. While cutting unnecessary calories is good, it can cause dieters to miss out on certain vitamins. Those who are intensifying their workouts can benefit from supplements aimed at rebuilding muscles and increasing endurance.
A word of caution - it may be tempting to use supplements as an excuse to eat unhealthy foods. Supplements are not a get-out-of-jail-free card and they work best when used in conjunction with a healthy and balanced diet. Focus on increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption to naturally increase your vitamin and nutrient intake. A supplement should live up to its name and should enhance your diet, not replace it.
What's your favorite supplement and how has it improved your health? I want to know!