You want to know the truth?
You don’t need supplements.
Yep, you don’t. But that is if you are living in a perfect world.
Why? Because in a perfect world you’d get adequate sleep daily, avoid stress, eat only fresh-from-the farm produce, follow a well-balanced diet plan, inhale only clean air, think only positive thoughts, exercise daily, drink a lot of water, and laugh often… just to mention a few.
Does that sound like something you can do consistently? I seriously doubt it. It’s a pipe dream. Most of it are out of your control.
That is why, my friend, you need supplements to augment whatever it is you are eating, for you to even stand a chance of having good health.
So, below are 23 compelling, common-sense reasons why you should be taking supplements daily.
In our forefathers’ days, farmlands were usually left uncultivated for years so that the soil nutrients can be replenished before planting on them again.
But in today’s highly-demanding world, that’s a “luxury” agricultural firms and farmers cannot afford.
As a result, soils are literally farmed to death – they lose so much nutrients. That’s why farmers resort to using chemicals (sorry, I mean to say fertilizers) to boost crops growth. But the fertilizers only support plant growth until harvest and nutrients don’t get passed down.
In fact, according to studies, the density of nutrients in the fruits and vegetables we eat today is significantly lower than those of just 50 years ago.1 So, even the organic food we eat, comes sorely lacking in adequate nutrients.
One widely reported study published in the British Food Journal even claims that we need to eat many oranges to get the nutrients our grandparents got from eating one orange in their time. 2
This is why you need to supplement your diet with supplements.
Let’s face it, you have a poor eating habit. We all do. And we don’t have to blame ourselves too much for it; it’s the kind of world we now find ourselves that caused it.
I have seen people driving and eating at the same time. I have seen people at work typing away at their laptop with their left hand while eating with their right hand.
We skip breakfast recklessly, forget to drink water, and with the pull of our work tucking at our heart’s strings, we go for the quickest solution: fast food capped with junkie snacks and carbonated soft drinks.
The memory of a good home-cooked meal remains that – a memory.
What this all mean is that you are seriously malnourished even though you don’t want to admit it. And you are giving your body more work to do in digesting this processed foods and extracting vital nutrients.
Taking supplements isn’t the ultimate solution here, but not taking them could be disastrous.
Preservatives are good – they help preserve food to avoid waste and spoilage and ensure mankind have access to food for a long time to come.
But as you probably already guess, there is a “but.” It’s been reported that substances used in preservation destroys ascorbic acid, vitamin E and free vitamin A – all an essential nutrient our body needs to function well.3
Another reason why you need supplements.
Even the most ignorant person knows that processed food and organic food don’t contain the same amount of nutrients.
Key nutrients are usually lost in the process of processing and packaging foods. Isn’t that what we eat almost all the time?
This begs for supplements to make up for lost nutrients in the food we eat.
When food is transported over long distances, it loses its quality. So many things come into play here including time, temperature and micro-organisms.
And there is no way we can avoid eating them since most of what we eat don’t grow in our backyards. Worse, they are imported from abroad, meaning chemicals need to be applied to preserve them.
What this translates to is loss of important nutrients in the food we consume thereby necessitating supplements to make up for the lost nutrients.
It’s bad enough that the food we eat are processed and transported over long distances leading to quality loss. When you now add that to storing the food for a long time, then you will realize that what we eat, to put it bluntly, is rubbish.
When we buy processed food, we don’t usually look for how long it’s been stored. We just consume them.
This is why we sorely need to be using supplements.
Truth be told, balanced diet is a myth. I mean, while it is true that diet can be balanced, it is unrealistic to expect people to plan their diets in order to make it balance. Even more difficult is to expect people to adhere to a strict diet plan. Not in today’s fast-paced, fast-food world.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying diet planning and keeping to it is not possible, I am saying, for most people, it’s a dream, an unrealistic dream when you take into consideration the bad economy, work schedule, peer pressure, the complexity, the confusing information out there as to what constitute a balanced diet, and other factors.
So, if our diet is perpetually not balanced, doesn’t it mean that we are lacking something? And an unbalanced diet leads to an unbalanced health – which is another way of saying ill health.
Supplement can help get you close to that balance your body craves.
As explained earlier, due to poor eating habits and the chemical used to preserve the food we eat, we don’t get the recommended amount of vital nutrients we are supposed to get from food.
This is where supplements come in to fill the gap.
According to a certain study, the average person is exposed to about 84,000 chemicals each day. 4
From car fumes to industrial wastes to chemicals from cleaning products to personal care products… we are the most exposed generation to pollution and toxins in the history of mankind!
Whether you know it or not, the effects of pollution and toxins are real. And we usually don’t see the fallout coming until it’s too late.
This is why we all need a daily dose of supplements to help us fight these toxins that we can’t prevent from making their way into our bodies.
Chemically-formulated substances used to induce growth and control pests on farm such as pesticides and herbicides come with consequence: harm to human health.
How? They create free radicals that launch an all-out attack on our body cells, digestive system and immune system. The result is illness and quick aging.
Since you can’t afford not to eat or to grow your own farm to meet your daily food needs, the next best thing is to deploy antioxidants to help you fight these free radicals.
Guess what antioxidants are? You are right, supplements!
Do you know that as you grow older, your body’s ability to absorb nutrients declines?
Yes, after age 50, your body’s ability to produce digestive enzymes wanes. 5
Supplements can aid in the digestion of food and ensure you are getting the right amount of nutrients necessary for good health and balance.
Raise your hand if you don’t take pharmaceutical drugs when you are ill. I bet you won’t raise your hand. Everybody takes pharmaceutical drugs every now and then.
But do you know that most modern medication actually deplete nutrients in your body?
For instance, a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes called metformin is well known to seriously reduce the folic acid and B12 levels in your body.
Also, for instance, your doctor will tell you to take multivitamins after completing your malaria treatment. Why? Because they also damage your cells in the process of attacking the sickness in your body.
That’s just two of the many drugs we take that have unspoken side effects. Another reason why you need supplements.
Do you exercise? Of course, you should be exercising every day to live longer. You knew that, didn’t you?
Well, I have some news. When you exercise, your body uses up the energy and nutrients stored in your body. If you don’t replenish them, then you are asking for big trouble.
Yes, you can replenish with food, but as pointed out earlier, the food we consume nowadays are sorely lacking in adequate nutrients. This is what necessitates supplements.
Just like exercise burns up useful calories and nutrients in your body, stress also suck them up faster than you can imagine.
Stress has got no equal when it comes to squeezing the life out of our adrenals and hormones.
Taking supplements will help reduce the massive havoc stress is wreaking on your health. Although, it is best to just reduce the stress.
If your immune system is strong, you can withstand almost any attack inside your body that often lead to sickness.
A strong immune system is not a gift bestowed by the creator. There is plenty of work to do to attain it. Work such as eating well, breathing well, exercising and many more.
One other powerful way is using supplements to boost your immune system. And there is nothing better than using them daily.
The whole point of supplement is prevention, even though it alone can’t do that. But most people wait until they are ill before they remember that good supplement someone introduced to them.
Prevention is not just better than cure, as they used to say; it is infinitely cheaper. And stress-free too.
Statistics show that the leading cause of death in the world is heart-related disease, claiming over 15 million, yes, over 15 million lives every year!
It’s not surprising when you consider the dizzying amount of stress we now go through in today’s hectic and highly-demanding world.
Supplements such as Omega-3 can help improve your heart.
So, if you undergo stress of any kind, you need to protect your heart by using supplements.
Study conducted in India shows that stroke can be prevented. While there are factors that cannot be controlled like family history, the study says there are factors that can be controlled including eating well and taking supplements.
The following supplements, the study says, can help lower levels of amino acid homocysteine (high levels of homocysteine are linked with increased risk of stroke): Vitamin B12 and betaine.
Series of studies have lauded antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and beta carotene as a promising guard against heart cancer.
According to US National Library of Medicine, “Several correlational studies and case-control studies suggest that the consumption of vitamin C-containing foods is associated with lower risk for certain cancers, particularly gastric and esophageal cancer.
“Vitamin C supplementation has been reported to inhibit skin, nerve, lung and kidney carcinogenesis. Vitamin E has been shown to inhibit skin, liver, oral, ear duct, and forestomach carcinogenesis; and to enhance, to have no effect on, or to inhibit mammary gland or colon carcinogenesis, depending upon the method of administration.”
It’s been discovered that Vitamin D is a good defence against depression.
The “sunshine vitamin” as it is fondly called has been said to be “the most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition.”
Some Canadian researchers evaluated 14 studies consisting of 31,424 participants and found a strong link between depression and lack of Vitamin D. 6
So, the greater your Vitamin D levels, the greater chance you stand against depression.
If you are a vegetarian or due to some chronic illness, you don’t eat meat, then you need supplements.
Why? Because animal products are a good source of vital nutrients your body absolutely needs.
For example, the only food you can find significant amount of vitamin B12 is animal products.
If you smoke, drink alcohol and live a sedentary lifestyle then you need supplements more than ever.
It has been discovered that even moderate alcohol intake can greatly reduce your vitamin B12 level. That means you need to replenish it. Supplements can help you do just that.
It’s good I point out again here, supplements alone won’t suffice for an unhealthy lifestyle. You need to make lifestyle adjustments than just banking on supplements to work wonders while you continue in self-destructive habits.
But common-sense says it is better to take supplements than not to take at all especially if you are an addict.
Though supplements in and of itself cannot extend life, it work with other variables to lead to good health and by extension, the elongation of life.
So, if you want to add more years to your life, cultivate the discipline to take necessary supplements and go for regular health check-ups.
For all your supplement needs and the right amount of usage, contact us at Hywell.