9 Reasons Why You Need Supplements. No 7 Is Hard To BelieveOnce, an old man came to clinic for colds. Seeing the old man, thin built, muscle wasting, I think he’s not getting enough nutrition. So, I advised him to set more protein and put him on multivitamin for 2 month. To my surprise, my pharmacist entered the room and told me, we don’t give vitamin for that long. He can get those vitamins and mineral from his food. So I see. He got enough nutrition, vitamin and minerals from his food, so he is so thin. Or maybe I have to agree with him, taking synthetic vitamins will not help your health anyway.
There are so many people in this world, eat healthy diet in their life. Already follow food pyramid by USDA from the beginning and was told supplements were unnecessary as you already ate balanced diet, according to your belief. But to our surprise, eating healthy food also unable to protect from diseases. Many people are shamed by statements like “So you’re too lazy to eat real food? You think every health problem can be fixed by pills?
So as long as you still alive, you must get the right nutrients. How about supplements? Not necessary, right?
Here, I list 9 reasons why you should take supplements:1. Some nutrient cannot be made by body
There are a lot of chemical process going on in our cell that need particular vitamin and mineral, but there a few nutrition which is essential to our body but body could not make in. For example, a few amino acids, vitamin C and omega-3.
2. Soil depletion
If you think you already eat fruits or vegetables and you think you already get enough vitamins and mineral, you might have to think twice. Improper farming practices depletes the soils 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 can add nutrients to the soil, but fertilizer contains just enough nutrition for the plants to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health. In addition, plants are not harvested fresh. They were pluck before they fully ripe, sit on trucks, shelves and shop for weeks or maybe months before they are eaten, so the nutrients decreases with times.
3. Water depletion
There are many minerals in our tap water which used to be safe for health. But currently the water is depleted of minerals due to modern production methods. Water filters remove important minerals such as magnesium. Without water filters, we are in danger of consuming large amounts of fluoride or deficient of magnesium or both.
4. Low calorie diets are low nutrient diets
It may sound crazy, but reduce calorie to be healthy is not a good idea. Consuming low calorie diet means consuming fewer total micronutrients. Humans are designed to consume large amount of calories, and it doesn’t make you fat. There is no such thing if you eat less, than you can escape physical activities, but make easier for you to become malnourished.
According to a study published in Jurnal of Social Sports Nutritions, in June 2010 stated that most diets require 17,575 calories to supply all the essential micronutrients. If we eating less than that, we will be deficient in nutrients.
Vegetables grown with pesticides also lower in phenolics than organic one. This is because polyphenols are produced to as a defense against bugs and pathogens. When there is no reason to protect themselves, the plants stop producing polyphenols. Unfortunately, organic is not always possible due to financial and logistic reasons. Even if you find organic foods, they are not necessarily better
5. Toxin exposure
Toxins are present around us and our body need to get rid of the toxins. When more toxins are present, the more nutrient is needed to get rid of them. Here are some of the toxins your body has to content with:
- Xenostrogen found in plastics, BPA, some molds and petroleum products which increases risk of develop fibroid.
- Industrial solvents and cleaners
6. Nutrient absorption declines with age
Several studies show that children need more nutrition to support growth and elderly need more nutrient due to malabsorption. As people age, the body function decline, and they start to take medicine which interfere with nutrient absorption. This means more nutrient need to be taken to make end meets
7. Exercise increase nutrient needs
Athletes often think exercise is the key to a long and healthy life, but it is not. With every physical activities we do, more nutrient is needed to make energy. Let alone the energy needed to give you stamina, exercise also produce free radicals which in turn will damage your cells. If the exercises are are moderate, then body has enough antioxidants to neutralise them. But, strenous exercise cause extra free radicals, that cannot be handled by your immune system. That's explain why athletes also dies of heart attacks.
8. Suppelementation may help you live longer
Aging is a natural process, but it is not fun. If there are supplements that can delay this process, why not give a try? As long as there is undue risk or harm. There is good reason to believe higher intake of nutrients may prolong life. Few studies also prove them.
9. Real food may not provide nutrient needed.
Whether you like it or not, you have to eat variety of food before you get all the nutrients the body needs, and real foods can be so expensive that most of unable to afford. Sometimes supplements are cheaper than real food.
We live in stressful, toxic world. Though our body designed to get rid of those toxins but we need something to help our body doing its function. If we a lack those nutrient, the toxin won’t go away even if you put your head in the sand.
So, even if you try to eat real, healthy and balanced food in theory, you can get all the nutrient you need but in practice, it is almost impossible. And supplement is including in one of method to preserve heath. If you're with me, just pm/ whatsapp me @ 012 621 1883