Why supplements are an important addition to your health arsenal
While we are loyal and committed advocates for any and all healthy lifestyle practices, let us preface this by saying that nothing will ever be a substitute for a balanced and healthful diet. No amount of exercise or supplements can ever make up for a poor diet.
However, when used concurrently with an active lifestyle and colorful diet, supplements in the form of key vitamins and minerals help fill in the blanks for anything you may be missing, and can go a long way in supplementing and augmenting your already healthy diet and regimen. Supplement – not replacement.
Let’s take a deeper look at why supplements are an essential addition to your health and wellness arsenal.
We’ve seen a reduction in our key vitamins and mineral consumption
Due to over farming and the mass agriculture age we live in, we have punished our soils with fertilizers, resulting in a significant decline in the soil fertility. There is mounting evidence that suggests many key plants are losing nutritional value with the higher CO2levels in the air, and t he quantities of nutrients that are removed from the soil because of this leads to a decrease in plant nutrients.
The great nutrient collapse is one that is decimating the way we grow food – but isn’t talked about nearly as much as it should be. Supplements help offset the vitamins and minerals we’re consistently losing because of soil infertility.
There’s been an alarming increase in sedentary lifestyles
First of all, what does a sedentary lifestyle really mean?
It is basically an inactive lifestyle. It means there is a lot of time spent sitting and lying down, with very little to no exercise. As we get older, the more we fall victim to this, with an estimated 67% of older adults report sitting for more than eight hours per day, and only 28% to 34% of adults ages 65 to 74 remaining physically active, according to Harvard Medical School.
So when we sit for hours on end, for example when we are watching television, it can wreak havoc on our lives, with one of them being a deficiency in Vitamin D. We hear about Vitamin D deficiency a lot, but what does it really mean?
Vitamin D is unique because your skin actually produces it by using sunlight. A deficiency in this can lead to a loss of bone density, which can contribute to osteoporosis and broken bones. Decreased outside physical activity means we’re not getting enough Vitamin D from the sun.
An increase in poor and lazy diets
We’ve become dependent on the quick, fast and lazy approach to meals. Canned food, from a box or fast and frozen food have become the norm, because they’re quick and cheap. Dining out for most meals or not being prepared for the day with a strategic meal plan means we typically opt for the route of least resistance. Cutting corners on our meal prep means an increase in eating processed foods that are void of any minerals, vitamins and void of any nutritional value.
When we consciously take in enough amounts of high-quality minerals and vitamins by way of a healthy diet – and augmented with the right kinds of supplements, we can give our immune systems that extra kick to reinforce our front line of defense against stress.
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