6 Reasons You Should Be Taking Vitamins Even if You Eat Right

6 Reasons You May Not Be Getting the

Proper Nutrients From Your Food

Are we sure we are getting all we need from the foods we eat?  Is our stomach absorbing the nutrients from the foods properly? Did you get the proper amount of vitamin D today?

Are you eating organic fruits and vegetables?  Many of these fruits and veggies are genetically modified therefore you are losing nutrients.  How often do you eat fiber? Fiber is not just to help with bowel movements it helps slow down the food so the intestines can absorb the vitamins and minerals better.  If you have any intestinal issues, lactose intolerance, IBS, Celiac, diverticulitis or Crohn’s, you are not absorbing nutrients properly no matter how great your diet is.

Here are 6 things to remember when deciding whether vitamins should be part of your healthy lifestyle:

1. Balance Your Body’s Chemistry.

If you are struggling with health issues, get tested by a qualified functional medicine practitioner to find out how to address these issues.    Functional medicine doctors use dietary changes and supplements to bring your body back into balance naturally.

2. Soil Depletion

Improper farming practices deplete the soil of nutrients.  When plants are repeatedly grown on the same land, the soil loses nutrients faster than they can be replaced.  Over time, the plants have fewer nutrients to grow.  Fertilizer contains just enough nutrition for the plant to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health. [1].

3. Nutrient Absorption Declines With Age

Several studies have shown kids need more nutrients to support growth, and older people need more nutrients due to malabsorption.  As people age, they often begin taking medications which can interfere with nutrient absorption.  This means you need to take more nutrients in the most absorbable form possible.[1]

4. Toxin Exposure

Your body needs nutrients to deal with toxins.  When more toxins are present, you need more nutrients.  If you’re living in a cave or the garden of Eden, this will be less of a concern.  If you’re like the rest of us mortals – you’re exposed to a litany of toxins on a daily basis. [1].

5. Water Depletion

Water is also depleted of minerals due to modern production methods.  There is a huge variation in the mineral content of bottled and tap water, with tap water generally having more.  Water filters remove important minerals such as magnesium, which was a main source of magnesium for early humans.  If you don’t use a filter and you don’t have a well, it’s likely you’re consuming dangerous amounts of fluoride and/or are deficient in magnesium. [1]

6. Exercise Increases Nutrient Needs

Athletes often think lots of exercise is the key to a long and healthy life (it’s not).  They are among the first to denounce supplementation as unnecessary, often with the idea that exercise is the best medicine.  For most people, it is not necessary to exercise for hours each day and, in fact, this can stress the adrenal glands.  It can also substantially deplete energy reserves since you are using stored nutrients for energy production and recovery. [1]  Before engaging in any strenous exercise routine, you should consult a functional medicine doctor to find out how you can supplement the nutrients that may be lost during the exercise and recovery period.

As for what supplements to take, talk to your functional medicine practitioner and buy quality vitamins. Click here for an article about the types of supplements you should buy and how to get the most from them.

Nikita Williams
May 19, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, and Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1]  https://www.bulletproofexec.com/why-you-need-supplements

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