In our fast paced society of instant gratification, often we take for granted that we get what we pay for. In one aspect, this is exactly why supplements in particular have become such a popular choice regarding the goal of so called, “healthy living”.
Many will have such question in mind, "Why do I need to take supplements? It doesn't seems natural. We can obtain all the nutrients that we need through foods." It seems to be a valid question. But the truth is, If you want to fight disease and achieve maximum life span, you can't do it with diet alone. You need the extra nutritional boost that only supplements can provide.
Look at it is this way. Supplements are to humans what fertilizer is to plants. Give a plant adequate amounts of sunlight and water, and it will survive. Add some nutrient-rich fertilizer (organic, of course), and the plant will thrive. The same principle applies to us. A healthful, balanced diet supplies the body with sufficient nutrients to carry out routine tasks. Supplements such as vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, and more enrich the body's internal environment to fortify cellular protection, repair, and support the renewal/regeneration processes.
Eating habit/diet, fast food, cooking methods, pollutions, not only affected the quality of the food itself, also affected the nutrients deficiencies in our body. Beside all these, there are also other factors which cause the nutrient deficiencies:
* Allergies and infections (deplete vitamins A and C and zinc, among other nutrients)
* Exposure to air pollutants and other toxins (depletes antioxidants)
* Smoking (depletes antioxidants)
* Stress (depletes all nutrients, especially B vitamins and vitamin C)
Depending on individual, some people simply require more of certain nutrients than the general population does. For example, children and older adults tend to need a bit extra, as do pregnant women. Others with increased nutritional demands include those who diet and those who exercise strenuously.
Then, too, some foods that we eat because we think they're healthful have actually been stripped of their nutrients before they get to our plates. Whole wheat loses 75 percent of its B vitamins, minerals, and fiber when it is milled into flour. Likewise, rice loses most of its vitamins, minerals, and fiber when it's polished to turn it from brown to white. Even the soil that these and other plant-derived foods grow in is often nutrient-depleted.
Not many of us know that our body gives signal on nutrient short fall with various types of symptoms, fatigue, weakness, insomnia, irritability, nervousness, depression, poor concentration, memory loss, aches and pains, recurrent infections, allergies, circulatory problems, and just not feeling good. Doctors might not relate all these with nutrients deficiencies simply because they are not trained, educated or have experience in nutrition. Many of the time you will be surprised how these symptoms tend to dismissed/disappeared simply by taking sufficient amount of natural food supplements and by taking up your body/nutrition level to a healthy and optimum level.
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