Not everyone needs to use supplements to augment their daily diet, but most should consider them.
According to a Gallup poll conducted in 2013, on average 50% of people in the U.S. use supplements. Usage increases from 58% to over 68% for those in the 50’s and older. (Gallup, 2013).
- Foods consumed often do not contain the amount of nutrients they should because of poor quality soils.
- Foods that are harvested before ripening lose many of their nutrients.
- Growing and farming techniques of non-organic foods include the use of pesticides, antibiotics, GMOs and other substances that negatively affect nutrient values of crops and livestock.
- There is a loss of nutrients during shipping of foods, when they are in storage, or when they are processed.
- Nutrients in food are reduced (sometimes considerably) during cooking.
- The human body does not absorb 100% of the available nutrients in a food item.
- Many health conditions compromise digestion which will cause reduced nutrient absorption and availability.
- There is an increased demand for nutrients among the average population due to stress levels, illness, injuries, traumas and toxic exposure.
Our diets are imperfect; we eat imperfect food, and we are subjected to various amounts of mental, emotional, and physical stress (Lieberman & Bruning). These things each create a chemical reaction in the body that is often harmful to our long-term health.
A word of caution: when it comes to supplements, more is NOT better.
Do your research. Check with a nutritionist. Email me for help.
Don’t just grab the first bottle of something you see on the shelf at a health food store. Supplements should be chosen carefully based on a specific nutrition deficiency or health concern.
Until next time, wishing you health and happiness!
Note: This information is provided as a resource and for educational purposes only. These recommendations are not intended as a substitute for consulting a physician or licensed healthcare practitioner. Individuals dealing with a serious or chronic health issue should consult with your doctor before beginning a nutritional program, taking supplements, discontinuing medications or eliminating foods from your daily diet. This information is not intended to replace medical advice from your doctor or to diagnose any health condition.
Gallup, Inc. (December, 2013). “Half of Americans Take Vitamins Regularly“. Retrieved 12-22-14 from www.gallup.com/poll/166541/half-americans-vitamins-regularly.aspx
Hawthorn University. (Updated May, 2012). NC-5. “Supplements”. [Audio Lecture] http://www.hawthornuniversity.org
Lieberman, S. & Bruning, N. (2007) 4th Edition. The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book. New York: The Penguin Group