The Real Reasons Why You Need a Supplement

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Supplements are an integral part of a holistic, well-rounded anti-aging and health program. And, truth be told, every single person needs to incorporate a good supplement (if not several) into their daily routine simply because the majority of us are deficient in nutrients and vitamins. Even if you follow the Age Later food plan, you still need to take supplements on a daily basis.

According to a recent study by Oregon State University, it’s estimated that around 90 percent of Americans are deficient in one or more essential nutrients. The cause is simply because food intake is poor, with too much junk food and not enough fresh fruits and vegetables–but there are other causes.

A lot of commercially available vegetables are not nearly as nutritious as they used to be; their content of natural minerals and vitamins is lower than it was in the past due to soil depletion (caused by over-intensive farming practices) or by long-term storage. Also, a large percentage of us lead superbusy lives that interfere with healthy, normal eating habits, forcing them to skip meals, or eat less nutritious meals. Some people don’t have access to a wide range of healthy foods, or can’t afford them, and have to make do with whatever they can purchase locally. Others, for whatever reason, eat out every single day–some do this for every meal–or snack constantly, so they have no real way of knowing for certain that those meals are delivering adequate nutrition. And some people are not as good at absorbing vitamins and minerals as others.

Bottom line. Take supplements.

For all these reasons and others, taking daily supplements makes sense for everyone. We can all do better by giving our bodies additional amounts of important nutrients. The most efficient way to do that is by consuming carefully selected supplements that garner a specific purpose and are backed by clinical data. If you have your blood checked regularly, you’ll be in a much better position to identify where you are falling short in the nutrient department, and where you’re doing just fine.

For advice on which supplements are best for you, always consult with your physician.