Supplements and vitamins have incredible healing powers for those that are suffering from illness, but
what about people who are already fairly healthy? If there’s nothing wrong with your health, should you
still take vitamins and supplements? The answer is a resounding yes. This is because while vitamins
and supplements can help those who are ill, they are really better used as preventative medicine for
healthy people rather than cures for the sick. In fact, many people become ill because they have
deprived their body of the nutrients it needs for a long period of time.
Believe it or not, everyday life robs us of important nutrients all the time. Whether you feel it or not,
many of our modern day lifestyles aren’t particularly healthy. Most Americans, for example, rarely get
the recommended daily amount of five servings of vegetables per day. Then things like smoking, fast-
food, excessive drinking, and caffeine rob us of more nutrients we aren’t even consuming in the first
place. So, if you are feeling run down, a good multivitamin supplement is the best way to start
replenishing all of the nutrients that your body is missing.
A multivitamin supplement is inexpensive and easy to take. A multivitamin supplement also has most of
the recommended doses of the vitamins and supplements you need on a daily basis to stay healthy.
This includes vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, zinc,
selenium, copper, zinc, chromium, and potassium. There are two reasons to take a multivitamin
supplement, even if you are feeling fine. The first is to get the vitamins and minerals you aren’t getting
in your diet, and the second is to replace the vitamins and minerals you are depleting because of bad
If you drink large amount of caffeine, you are depleting your body of biotin, inositol, potassium, and
zinc. Zinc, a mineral that boosts your immune system is essential for fighting off the common cold and
flu. Potassium helps keep you blood pressure in check. Remember, if you take vitamins and
supplements to replace what caffeine is taking out of it, make sure to take them with water and not
caffeine. Taking supplements with a caffeinated beverage will leach the nutrients right out of the
vitamin, and they will merely pass through your body.
If you eat too much bacon, sausage, and cured ham – check the ingredients. If the pork you are eating
contains nitrates, you are depleting your body of niacin, selenium, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Vitamin C
and E are the two most important vitamins you can have in your system as protection from heart
disease, cancer, brain malfunction, premature aging, and other major illnesses.
Excess alcohol consumption depletes your body of almost every vitamin and supplement you can
imagine and should be avoided whenever possible. When you drink too much alcohol, you are
depleting your body of magnesium, vitamin B complex, and vitamins C, D, E, and K. Since these are the
main vitamins your body needs to function, alcohol can be very damaging to your system.
Oral contraceptives also deplete the body of vitamin B complex and vitamins C, D, and E. These
vitamins are the foundation for health and must be replaced if you are taking an oral contraceptive.
Consult your doctor about this when you get a prescription, and also if you plan to conceive after taking
the pill. This is in order to prevent birth defects. Taking estrogen can also deplete your body of folic
acid and B6. If you are experiencing menopause or other age related conditions, is imperative that you
take vitamins and supplements to replace what your body needs to function.
Even the most mundane items can deplete your body of the vitamins and minerals it needs to function
on any level. For example, using fluoride can lessen the amount of vitamin C you have in your system.
This is a getting a little picky, but hopefully you can see that even if you are a fairly healthy person, you
still need vitamins and supplements to keep your body running in peak condition. Without them, you are
looking at experiencing unnecessary illnesses and overall poor health.