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How Can You Benefit From Nutritional Supplements?

Updated on March 3, 2010

Eating a healthy diet chock full of fresh organic produce including lots of leafy green vegetables is of paramount importance to good health. Many people do not get the proper nutrients that they need on a daily basis. They fail to meet the recommended amount of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. This recommendation is a guideline and outlines the minimum requirement our bodies need of these foods. If we do not meet this recommendation, we are certainly falling short.

But even the recommended daily allowance may not be enough. In order to prevent disease, it is more likely that you need upwards of 10 fruits and vegetables everyday. And, eating organic is best. Organic produce does not contain the herbicides and pesticides of conventionally grown produce. It also is not genetically modified and has more nutrient content because it is grown in more nutrient rich soil.

Some people assume that they can make up for the deficiencies in their diets by taking nutritional supplements. However, this is not true. Vitamin supplements may be beneficial if you practice a daily healthy regime. However, they should not be a “crutch” that replaces the intake of whole foods. The availability of the nutrients in supplements is just not the same as consuming the nutrients from whole foods.

A diet rich in nutrients, however, can benefit from supplementation. Since our soils have become depleted of nutrients (even organic produce, though better, does not pack the nutrient punch it once did), supplementation to make up the difference can be beneficial. And, if you are fighting disease, supplementation to a healthy diet can be very important.

The basic message here is that nutritional supplements are an important part of our lifestyles. More and more doctors are jumping on the bandwagon of supplementing our diets with vitamins. They do not have the stigma they once did with many doctors of doing nothing more than producing expensive pee.

However, you cannot rely on vitamin supplements alone to keep you healthy. You need to take responsibility for your diet and eat the proper foods that will offer the most nutrient value. Then, fill in the gaps with supplementation to ensure that you are meeting the amount of valuable nutrients your body requires to thrive.

Be sure your diet is rich in vitamin-packed produce, whole grains, omega 3 rich fish (such as salmon), nuts, garlic, onion and heart healthy oils such as olive oil.

If you are unsure about what supplements you might require or have questions about your diet, you should consult with a qualified nutritionist or holistic doctor who can customize a nutritional plan that will meet your individual needs.

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