I often get asked “When should I take vitamins?” and also “Does everyone need vitamins?” It seems to me that a lot of people are confused as to whether or not they need vitamin and mineral supplementation. Well, the exact answer to that question is going to vary from person to person, but in my opinion, EVERYONE needs vitamins.
Our diets are not as healthy as the diets that our grandparents ate. We have replaced healthy, homemade foods with unhealthy, processed foods. Our soil is depleted. We load up on carbohydrates and scrape the veggies off of our plates. Let’s face it, even if you eat a healthy diet, our soil is depleted and food is not as nutrient dense as it used to be. Therefore, everyone needs supplements.
The types of supplements your body needs will vary from person to person. Depending on your diet, it is likely that you are deficient in a variety of important nutrients, as most Americans are. The easiest way to find out what nutrients your body is deficient in is to visit your health care professional. A doctor or holistic health care professional can run a series of tests to determine exactly which nutrients your body needs.
Many people turn to store bought, synthetic supplements once they have determined which nutrients their body needs. This is NOT the most effective way to correct a nutrient deficiency. The safer and more effective way to supplement your body is with traditionally created superfood supplements. Say you are deficient in vitamin A or vitamin D, you may wish to consider a high quality fermented cod liver oil. If you are deficient in iron or B vitamins, you may want to find a high quality desiccated liver supplement. Naturally occurring nutrients are safer and more effective for everyone.