Why you should take supplements in your diet

Supplements won't counteract poor eating habits, but they can help to make a healthy diet better

Let’s face it; eating fruits and vegetables does not give your body a decent amount of vitamins and minerals, right? That’s why there are supplements.

“Supplements won’t counteract poor eating habits, but they can help to make a healthy diet better,” says Amanda Carlson, M.S., R.D., director of performance nutrition at Athletes’ Performance in Tempe, Ariz.

Here are 5 good reasons to tell you that although you have a healthy life, you’ll need those supplements.

Nutrient depletion within the soil – The farming techniques of today use fertilizers that deplete the soil of its essential nutrients, which is kinda bad. Agriculture needs the elements in the soil to absorb proper amounts of minerals, but when something interrupts that process, the plant can’t have essential minerals and can’t produce its essential vitamins, can it?

Nutrition absorption depending of the human age – the human body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food weakens as you grow older. As much as children need vitamins to support their bone formation, so does the older population. That makes supplementation more important. Remember that some medicament’s may interfere with that ability, making it even weaker.

Food distribution on market – long processes like harvesting, shipping, food storage for the long term can degrade the food’s nutrient contents. Unless you’re eating a freshly grown plant, that food on your plate is a far different species than it was when harvested. In addition to that, compounds added to it will increase your body’s need for nutrients to deal with them, which is bad.

Pesticides and chemicals – (which you can find in some modern food supplies) are mixed together with chemicals in water, air pollution, lead and even mercury. These elements passively increase our body’s need for more vitamins and minerals to fight such threats to our immune systems.

Intensive activities – this one is basically bad news for those working hard. Exercising increases nutrient needs. If you’re an athlete or someone that exercises frequently, you should know that a huge amount of extra oxygen and energy will consume nutrients, exceeding the typical RDA of the average human.

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