Here are a few good reasons for you to consider taking nutritional supplements to improve your health and protect yourself from developing problems. See how many apply to you, and make your own informed decision.
- The medical fraternity is starting to agree that most people are not getting vital nutrients in their diets, and that supplementation is prudent.
Such information can now be found in prestigious publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and literature coming out of the Harvard Medical School.
It can no longer be denied that the addition of dietary supplements to our normal diet can reduce the risk of suffering from chronic diseases and, indeed, can improve our quality of life well into older age.
- Eating highly processed foods with any regularity at all leads to a situation where we are over-fed but undernourished, meaning that we are getting plenty of calories but too little in the way of the essential nutrients that the body requires to function optimally.
This is a really serious problem: the body cries out for the essentials even when plenty of the empty calories have been consumed so one eats more and more but without satisfaction.
Our weight increases, and ill health follows close on its heels. Initially you might simply feel out of sorts and irritable, but eventually serious diseases develop, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease and others.
- So you make every effort not to eat empty calories, and rather opt for fruits and vegetables and all the other recommended nutritious foods.
Where do you get them? Have they been grown on good, nutrient-rich soils, or are the deficient because the soil was depleted?
Were they harvested when ripe, or when still green and then stored and force-ripened and supplied when the market was ready for them?
How long were they stored for, and how? This is an important question because the levels of nutrients drop after harvest.
How far did they have to travel before they got to your kitchen?
Were they irradiated to prevent spoilage, or genetically modified for the same reason? And if so, how many vital nutrients remained?
What about your preparation methods – were they cooked to such an extent that any remaining nutrients were destroyed?
- Living in a polluted world means that our body’s demand for antioxidants and other nutrients has increased dramatically as it battles to detoxify on a daily basis.
Do you live in a pollution-free environment? Is the produce that you buy contaminated with pesticides? Is the air that you breathe clean?
What about the water? Chances are that you are drinking a regular dose of chlorine if you drink water out of your taps.
What about energy pollution? We are surrounded by electronic gadgets, all of which can damage and even kill our cells. It can also cause hormone imbalances which can wreak havoc with one’s health.
And what about the pollutants that you use deliberately and knowingly? What about smoking, recreational drug use, drinking of alcohol – and even medicinal drugs?
- Living with stress. There must be a lucky few who can lay claim to stress-free lives, but I have yet to meet such a person.
Remember that stress takes many different forms: from the obvious dangers of crime and accidents to every-day irritations that form part of all our lives.
The body is designed to react to stress with something called the ‘fight or flight’ response. This involves the secretion of adrenalin which prepares the body for action.
However, nowadays most of the stressors can’t be dealt with by physical action as a response, but adrenalin is still released. If this happens regularly (as it usually does in our hectic world) chronic stress occurs, leading to degenerative conditions and premature aging.
- More and more people are suffering from problems of the digestive system.
One reason for this is that our intestinal bacterial flora are often in a poor condition – due to the use of antibiotics and chlorinated water amongst other factors.
The wrong kind of bacteria, therefore, gain a foothold in the bowel, and crowd out the good ones. This plays havoc with our health, from poor absorption of nutrients to leaky gut syndrome and an increase in allergies, mood problems and more.
In addition, poor digestion reduces the degree to which we can extract and absorb essential nutrients from the food we eat. This problem gets worse as we age when our digestion becomes less effective than when we were younger.
Armed with this information, can you be certain that you are indeed getting all the nutrients that you need from your regular diet? Or would it indeed be your best insurance to consider regular supplementation? You decide.