Q: Am I getting, or taking, adequate vitamins?
A: The term “enough vitamins,” can be misleading in and of itself. This is because each person is biochemically unique, based on genetic structure, nutrition and environment. One might also ask, “Enough for what?” The point is — standard measurements of “daily allowances” for vitamins are pathetically low and don’t really serve us today — especially in an era in which we actually have the option of being radiantly healthy.
Such numbers, typically set decades ago, were created to focus on disease prevention rather than the pursuit of optimal health. That is, they will tell you how much vitamin C you need daily to prevent scurvy [up to 65 mg, or about 1 orange], but they do not suggest how much vitamin C may be required to reach and maintain the best health possible [1,000 mg daily and upwards depending on your biochemical individuality]. Nor, do these numbers take into account vitamin-destroying activities such as alcohol consumption, smoking, pollution, smog and other factors.
Can you get sufficient vitamins from the food you eat? May be. May be not. There’s a growing concern among natural health enthusiasts that the soil in which we grow food today has been so depleted of nutrients and pumped full of toxins that fruits and vegetables are actually less nutritious today than they were even a few decades ago. Add to this the shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables in most people’s diets and you can understand why most health consultants recommend that people take a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement. In short, while there is no substitute for a healthy diet, complete with organic fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes, it behooves you to take a good quality multivitamin supplement. This will ensure that you are getting enough of the vitamins that your body requires to prevent serious diseases. To determine how higher doses of certain vitamins may contribute to truly vibrant health, speak to a nutrition expert/therapist.
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