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Everyone’s nutrition needs are different—as unique as you are. So many diet and lifestyle factors can affect what nutrients your body is lacking or getting enough of.
Our bodies do not have the ability to create the vitamins and minerals we need on their own, so we need to get many essential nutrients by eating and metabolizing.
92% of today’s Americans are nutrient deficient, meaning we are not getting the right amounts of essential vitamins and minerals through our diets. This can create health issues over the long term that could easily have been avoided.
The easiest, quickest way to support good health and address the gaps is by taking quality vitamins that meet your needs. Where to even begin when choosing vitamin supplements?
First step is to check in with your medical professional. They are able to talk you through your habits and nutrition choices, as well as run tests to check for certain deficiencies.
Second step is to make sure you are covering all your bases by taking a quality multivitamin without harmful ingredients. Most vitamins and minerals are safe to take OTC as long as you aren’t taking excessive amounts. Do your research online to find what the daily recommended dosages are for someone like you and ask your doctor for advice.
Here are some factors that can affect you or your loved ones’ nutritional intake:
- Vegan or vegetarian diet: these limit the amount of iron, vitamin b, vitamin d, and calcium, among others
- Infants and children: due to high growth rate and development at these ages, children and infants have different nutritional needs than adults
- Pregnant women: as a fetus gestates, both it and the person who is pregnant need higher intake of vitamins such as folate, iodine, and iron
- Elderly people: to maintain bone health, people over the age of 60 typically need more vitamin D and calcium. Some people need more B12, B6, or potassium as well.
- Women vs. Men: people need more or less of certain vitamins and minerals due to biological sex, age, and weight.
Still not sure about what you need? A multivitamin is a great place to start!
It’s important to have a daily routine of feeding your body the nutrients it needs. And of course, if you are having health issues, consult with a doctor and pair a multivitamin with a healthier, well-rounded diet for the best possible results.
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Many vitamin supplements are solid and have a ton of chemical additives, which can cause stomach upset, so quality matters. Make sure you are choosing a brand that cares about what they put into their supplements as much as you care about what goes into your body.
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Written by Annie-Eliza Stevens