Do you need to take multivitamins?
If you were to quiz most people about their overall health, they probably believe they are healthy enough. You may feel that not eating a pie, or the two-mile hike on your child’s field trip, or the fact that you eat a salad every day for lunch, are enough to be considered fit and healthy. While these are all good decisions, they’re not quite enough to get your body’s nutrient levels where they need to be.
For the average person, it’s nearly impossible to meet the recommended requirements. Even those who make a conscious effort to eat correctly are probably not getting all they need. Below are a few common but crucial reasons why your health and nutrition could be in worse shape than you’d hoped.
Time is not on our side
Even for the most organized people, there are days when there just isn’t enough time to get done what you want or need to get done. Back in the day when full-time, stay-at-home moms were more commonplace, proper meals were a norm, and balanced meals were a given. With more and more dual income households, this is a rarity in today’s world.
Getting proper nutrition to every member of the family according to their different schedules is a daunting task. Because of this, nutritional requirements are regularly not met, leaving your family running on less vitamins and nutrients than their body needs. Fast food plays a huge role in this, as its convenience on those busy days has given way to an epidemic of obesity in the U.S.
With a rushed pace and hurried schedule comes the easy slide to the couch or lounger for a ‘rest.’ Unfortunately, just because you think you’re relaxing, doesn’t mean you’re actually resting.
TV, video games and computers have interrupted the proper rest needed for the body to recover and restore itself. The constant visual and audio stimulus does not allow the brain to relax. Instead, you are in a state of half-rest, with your body unable to restore itself, often leaving you feeling more tired and exhausted than before.
Not only that, but when you’re lounging and being sedentary in front of the TV, you’re likely also snacking. This troublesome combination of downtime has actually reached epidemic proportions – so much so that the federal government and even some product developers are running commercials to encourage today’s youth to get up and go outside.
The sedentary life is causing havoc for your body’s ability to restore and repair itself, and it also impacts your heart. Plus, it decreases your amount of oxygen intake and the ability to disperse it throughout your body – basically starving your cells that need that oxygen. That tired feeling could also be an iron deficiency – which just adds to the problem.
Sleep deprivation and poor quality
More and more people are reaching for pills to try to ‘turn off the day’ and get some quality sleep. Poor sleep affects the body greatly: concentration, reaction time, memory, energy and mood are all impacted by lack of sleep. Your body cannot begin to repair the daily damage done if you do not get proper amounts of sleep.
The combination of today’s chaotic lifestyle and improper nutrition can also lead to illness. Everything from the flu to other serious diseases can take hold of a body that is not getting its nutritional needs met. Even for the most health conscious person, a lack of vitamins, minerals and nutrients can compromise your immune system and leave you open to anything that makes its way in. Your immune system relies on specific nutrients to stay strong and fight off these diseases – it is weakened when they are not there.
All of these threats to your health can be helped with proper levels of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They call them essential vitamins and minerals for a reason – they are essential to allow your body to function properly.
The best course is to slow down, balance your meals and exercise – but even being diligent in these three areas is no guarantee you are getting everything your body needs. The best way to assure you and your family are getting what your body needs is through supplementation.
There are multivitamins that can cover just about all of the possible deficiencies – especially age-specific types:
- For mom and/or dad, there are age appropriate multivitamins that have
higher levels of calcium and iron.
- For growing kids, there are multivitamins packed with vitamins, especially D, that are needed for healthy growth.
- For grandma and/or grandpa, there are vitamins with higher calcium, vitamin D and Omega 3s to combat bone health and joint issues.
After a few weeks of incorporating multivitamins into your family routine, you may experience increased energy, better sleep, decreased junk food cravings, fewer aches and pains, and a lowered susceptibility to illness.
Knowing your family is getting a complete nutritional boost is as important as all other areas of proper health. If you are unsure which product to start with, check with your physician or pharmacist.