Consider the food pyramid. It’s more of a guideline than a strict rule. We do need particular nutrients in our diet. Furthermore, to feel healthy on a daily basis we need to take particular vitamins; smarter eating includes a number of vitamins; because, let’s face it – it’s very difficult to follow the food pyramid exactly.
Rather, explore a number of vitamin options. Decades ago, researchers knew less about what makes us healthy and how we get nutrients from food. Today, nutrients can be engineered into pill form, but what vitamins are more essential to good health?
There is such an amount as too much of a good thing. Ironically, some vitamins and minerals can have an adverse effect on us if we take too much. It’s important to check the tolerable upper intake level of particular vitamins; this tells us how much we can ingest before it begins to potentially harm our bodies.
Supplements are just that: things we should take ‘in addition to’ what we already ingest. Supplements are additives to our diets and not replacements for vital nutrients. Don’t go overboard in taking supplements. In some cases, taking more does not attract a desired outcome. In worse scenarios, you’re doing harm to your body.
One multivitamin pill a day may be the easiest way to ensure your body is getting the necessary nutrients. A typical multivitamin consists of at least 10 vital vitamins and 10 minerals. A miniature pill is packed with so much goodness, yet what many don’t understand is that the body can only intake and use so many vitamins and minerals at once. Like eating five small meals per day rather than three larger ones, it’s better for us to split the pill in half, ingesting one piece in the morning and the other in the afternoon.
Calcium with Magnesium
The body demands calcium…or else. Without calcium, the body begins to rob itself of nutrients, taking it from the bones, making them more fragile. Calcium, along with magnesium, strengthens bones, teeth, and muscles. It’s important to take the two together, avoiding constipation. Experts suggest ingesting about 600mg of calcium and 400mg of magnesium per day. As with all vitamins and nutrients, take your vitamins with a glass full of water. Of course, health gurus suggest drinking about eight glasses of water per day.
Remember, it’s important to get vitamins and minerals in your body, but pills are just supplements. It’s healthy to ingest nutrients via whole foods and healthy drinks such as through a 6-day juice cleanse. Those looking to augment their energy while keeping tabs on their waistlines, look for healthy ways to balance weight loss endeavors without doing damage to their bodies. While drinking healthy juices can be a regular routine, some adopt specific multiday juice diets.
Omega 3 is a fatty acid, but don’t be misunderstood by the ‘fatty’ title. Omega 3 is good for you. It protects the heart, keeps wrinkles away, lubricates joints to avoid injury, and more. Fatty acids are found in nuts (walnuts) and fish oils. Search for fish oils containing 600mg of DHA, a fatty acid that facilitates brain functions. In addition, some research has linked it to alleviated depression.
Lena Lewis is a nutritionist. She loves writing about how to eat better on food, health, and fitness blogs.