Monday, October 25, 2010
Multi-Vitamins v Healthy Eats
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I haven't always given multi vitamins the thumbs up. In fact, I'm not sure I've been 100% converted either. It's not that I don't like them, but I've always been of the opinion that our diet must remain the primary source of nutrients. Excellent in theory.
Unfortunately we have done crazy things to our soils that mean food doesn't have the same nutrient quality as it did in previous years. So now, our bodies are lacking. Seriously lacking.
All patients in my clinic are encouraged to eat for their fertility as well as take a multi-vitamin. Adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy reproductive function. So what we aren't getting in our foods, we are lucky enough to be able to 'top up' our bodies to make sure we have everything we need. Long term use of contraceptions, prescription medications, stress and poor lifestyle has lead us to a point where our bodies are extremely depleted. Our health really suffers as a result.
But not just any old multi will do. You get what you pay for. Be careful when choosing your supplements. Some over the counter products have the same nutritional value as cardboard. You can't go past practitioner grade products when it comes to quality and ingredients. This I can't stress enough. Lesser quality products may be doing more harm than good.
If your stuck, just ask me and I can point you in the right direction.
Of course, multi vitamins aren't just good for those trying to make little people. Studies also show that adequate nutrients lead to healthier, leaner bodies. Bodies that have adequate stores of vitamins and minerals are believed to be up to 25% less likely to be overweight in comparison.
It's not a matter of what is 'ideal' anymore. The question is are you getting enough? Eating healthy is an absolute must and should continue to be your top priority. Supplementing with a multi vitamin is a bonus.