There has been a lot of controversy surrounding reasons to take a multivitamin over the past 50 years. Nowadays, almost everyone in the healthcare profession agrees that it is important to take a multivitamin. There are plenty of great reasons to take a multivitamin that can affect more than just our health. Vitamins can help everything from our complexion to our hormone levels. Here are just a few great reasons to start your multivitamin regimen today!
1. Nutrients in Food
Sure, in a perfect world, we could get all of our nutrients from what we eat on a daily basis and there would be absolutely no need for a funny tasting pill. Too bad life is not that perfect. One of the greatest (and most obvious) reasons to take a multivitamin is that there are simply not enough nutrients in the food we eat today. Most fruits and veggies are picked before they ripen so they do not go bad during transit. This reduction in the growth cycle also reduces the amount of phytonutrients each plant will have stored, meaning that we are getting less nutrients than we think.
2. What We Eat
Raise your hand if you ate a pre-made meal at any time in the past week. Don’t worry, my hand is up as well. Pre-made meals are one of the worst things for our health; they have almost no nutrient content and are filled with preservatives that make things harder to digest. Worst of all, they are taking away opportunities for us to eat those needed fruits, veggies, and meats on a daily basis. Taking a multivitamin will take the stress off getting those essential amino acids, fruits, and veggies every day.
Health and what we eat have a great deal to do with hormone levels. Eating well rounded meals every day that are filled with vitamins and nutrients is one of the best ways to maintain healthy hormone levels. Vitamins like folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin D, and vitamin E all aid in hormone balance. Almost all of these can be found in a daily multivitamin.
Our body can only be built on what we put into it. If we are only eating a few green or red veggies a day and even fewer fruits, our body has very little to build on. Since skin is constantly regenerating, our complexion is one of the easiest ways to see our health state. Taking a multivitamin can help reduce fine line and wrinkles (from the vitamin C), increase collagen production, increase cell production, and aid in clearer skin since.
Bet you did not expect to see price as one of the perks of a multivitamin... For the price of one latte a week, we could be taking an organic, phytonutrient filled multivitamin that will greatly increase our overall health. When it comes to keeping bones strong and our bodies healthy, it is always better to work to stay healthy rather than working to not be sick. Trust me, a daily multivitamin is way cheaper than a week off work for an illness or a broken bone.
6. Weight Loss
When we do not get all of the daily nutrients our bodies need, our bodies go into starvation mode and hoard those calories like a chipmunk before winter. This is not the best approach to losing weight. Multivitamins can come in handy since they will have all (if you are getting a good one) the essential amino acids, vitamins, and nutrients we need in a day. This will help our body continue running at peak performance and help those unwanted pounds stay away.
One of the biggest complaints I hear from people looking to get healthy is that they do not have the time or energy. With everything we do in a day, this is a legitimate reason many have for not working out. Most people find that taking a multivitamin increases their energy levels throughout the day and their stamina during a workout. This is because our bodies are running on better nutrients and are able to do more with them. There are a ton of perks to taking a multivitamin, but this is one of the most dramatic and appreciated that I have seen.
Taking the right multivitamin is just as important as taking one at all. There are plenty of multivitamins out there, so steer clear of any that synthesize their vitamins since they do not have the phytonutrients that our bodies need. I take organic, naturally grown multivitamins along with glucosamine and a vitamin D supplement. What vitamins do you take?