We’re mostly unhealthy, lacking one thing or another from our body. Why? Well, it is a known fact that the food that we eat today is compromised. Either it lacks nutrients or it is mostly grown in an inorganic way. Let’s not blame just what we eat. How we eat, is also the culprit here. Given our current lifestyle, our concentration on food, it’s preparation and eating is becoming lesser by the day. Hence today, we lack nutrients from our bodies more than ever. Fast food, easy-to-cook, ready-made, home-delivered… all these options have made our eating easier but they have also snatched away all our essentials. This has led to numerous health problems and complications. Today, let’s understand how to tackle this problem by increasing our Vitamin intake. We will also see how these essential vitamins help us stay healthy and problem free.
Simply put, multivitamins today come in the form of medicine (tablet or syrup) but let’s not attach that medicinal stigma to it. A shift in thought will help you accept them better- “Multivitamins are supplements that complement your daily nutrition and food intake, to help support your life system in the healthiest way possible.”
This said, let’s get into the depth of it.
One thing is clear – Multivitamins neither cure any disease nor are substitute of any medicine. They simply help your body function better and are more preventive in nature. Multivitamins help maintain your health and ensure that your body is getting the vitamins and minerals it needs to be working as it should. They help prevent problems before they become significant.
The body needs roughly 40 vitamins and minerals each day for good health, and it’s not always easy to get all of those from food. Taking a daily multivitamin certainly won’t hurt, even if your diet is already chock full of vitamins and minerals. But the fact remains that we do not eat right and don’t get enough nutrients from our diet.
Here are the basic reasons why you must add a multivitamin to your routine –
- Age and Deficiencies: As we grow older, our nutritional needs increase and our body’s ability to absorb these nutrients from only the regular diet decreases. Medications can further deplete our body of nutrients. A multivitamin can offset these deficiencies.
- Healthy Heart: Studies show that taking a high-quality multivitamin may reduce cardiovascular disease. Vitamins B1, B2, B6, K1, Niacin (B3), CoQ10 and magnesium, all play a role in cardiovascular health.
- Boosts Immunity: Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, well-known for strengthening the immune system. Vitamins D and E boost immunity, too.
- Supports Eye Health: Vitamins A, C, E, Niacin (B3), and selenium support eye health. Lutein and Zeaxanthin also protect the eyes from harmful light waves and may reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
- Healthy Hair and Skin: New research says look for Vitamins B12, B3 (Niacin), biotin, and Vitamin C for fuller hair. For healthy skin, look for Vitamins A, C, E, and CoQ10.
- Happy Mental Health: The Vitamin B family is associated with a boost in energy levels, feelings of well-being, as well as a decrease in stress and anxiety.
- Healthy Bones and Teeth: Vitamin D plays a substantial role in the regulation of calcium and maintenance of phosphorus levels in the blood, two factors that are extremely important for maintaining healthy bones.
- Boost Metabolism and Help Weight Loss: The Vitamin B family is essential for a fully functioning metabolism. The main function of the B vitamins is to help your body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and to use the stored energy in food. Iron helps carry oxygen to all of the cells in your body, including your muscles. This, in turn, helps them burn fat.
While it is easy to pick up any multivitamins from the market, it is advised to get your personalised Vitamin-intake routine after getting a thorough check-up by your doctor. A personalised and informed approach is the right way ahead, instead of randomly popping pills.
This said, you must also ensure that you eat right and get maximum nutrients from your natural diet also. Here are some nutrient-dense foods*:
With this information, hope you take the right steps towards healthy body nutrition. If you have any questions, drop a comment below and I’ll be happy to help.
Happy Nutrition to You!