One of the wisest decisions I’ve taken in life is investing in my health first, before my physical appearance. My use of nutritional supplements dates back to about two decades now. And with every sense of honesty, responsibility and humility, I can confidently say that my “youthful look” as people always say is not based totally on what nature has bestowed on me, rather my knowledge of some basic things concerning health.
One of them is nutritional supplements.
For me, I think the most intelligent decision anyone can take, is to begin to give their health an utmost priority. It’s no more news that most diseases today are either diet-induced or directly related to diet imbalances in our body.
Top Ten Products Purchased In Supermarkets
- Mineral or soft drinks
- White bread
- Biscuits, cookies and chocolates
- Soaps and Detergents
- Tissue papers
- Pasta and noodles
- Coffee and beverages
- Wine and spirits
From the above, apart from those that fall under hygiene and daily need, the only wholesome food will be eggs. Now tell me, if we live our lives consuming most of these things on a daily or regular basis, and some to an addictive level, how can we enjoy good health; and or youthful look and body for that matter.
Of great concerns also, is the fact that most people today don’t engage in any form of physical exercise, be it walking, jogging or running, climbing, dancing, aerobics or at least something that will make them sweat out on daily basis to release some toxins from the body.
Our excuses always range from “I’m too busy”, “I’m too tired” “I will start tomorrow” So many resolutions about health and physical fitness, especially at the beginning of every year have been jettisoned. No thanks to procrastination and poor or wrong prioritization.
What Happened To Health?
Modernization is one of the major factors that has affected good health and balanced nutrition today, making us to age faster, and contributing to chronic diseases.
The need for us to supplement our foods with vital nutrients needed for our body to function at its peak can no longer be overemphasized. As it is, even if you’re strictly practising a nutrient-dense diet, you can no longer rely on getting all of your nutrients from food.
Let’s look at some other factors explaining why we are not getting enough nutrients:
The need or pressure for commercial gain has triggered the food we consume today to be genetically modified. Fruits and vegetables are now displayed for visual appeal as opposed to nutritional value. What about pollutants, pesticides and the rest of them that deplete food nutrients.
Side Effects Of Prescription Drug
Unlike the days of our ancestors, our generation is more dependent on Prescription or pharmaceutical drugs which come with many side effects to contend with.
Lack Of Antioxidants
Vital nutrients, including the ACE vitamins, comprising of Vitamins A, C and E that we need on daily basis to counteract environmental pollution from food, air and water cannot be acquired from our food anymore. Our body needs antioxidants to keep us alive.
The use of preservatives, prolonged cooking and processing
Make our food to lose vital and adequate nutrition needed for our body to function optimally.
“Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.” ~Mike Adams
Why Do We Need Supplements?
As much as we know that supplements cannot take the place of the variety of foods that are important to a healthy diet, one thing that has been established by nutritionists is that it’s not possible to achieve a balanced diet without supplementation.
If you don’t eat a nutritious variety of foods, some supplements might help you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients.
Nutritional supplementation, even if it’s at the basic, commonsensical level that everyone can relate with in terms of what they have heard for a long period of time or even throughout their life is something I believe everyone should give a consideration.
Dietary supplements are products intended to supplement or complement the diet. They are not drugs and, therefore, are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases.
Common dietary supplements include Vitamins, minerals, herbals, amino acids, enzymes etc. and they come in a variety of forms as tablets, capsules, powders, liquids, energy bars and other nutritional sources.
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~Thomas Edison
The body needs vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, to fortify, repair, regenerate and support the Renewal process, deficiency of which could lead to chronic diseases or sometimes, even death.
Heart disease, diabetes, diverse forms of cancer in both male and female, high cholesterol, arthritis, fibroid, infertility, birth defects, impotence, chronic stress and fatigue, premature aging and so on have been found to be traceable to diets or nutritional imbalances in our bodies.
Some Factors That Can Cause Vitamin And Mineral Depletion
Not all of these are inherently bad, but as you know, too much of anything is never good
- Prescription Drugs
- Extreme dieting
- Extreme heat or cold
- Blood-thinning medications
- Food additives
- Excessive perspiration
- Menstrual cycle
- Polluted air and water
Supplements You Must Take Every Day
There are some supplements I cannot do without on a daily basis. I’m sure you also might find them worthwhile if you give them a trial.
They include calcium, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Omega 3 oil, Vitamin C, and Multivitamins in different components depending on the manufacturers. Meanwhile, these are just the basics.
In my subsequent posts, I will expatiate more on these and some not too familiar or regular ones.
What To Watch Out For When Buying Your Supplements
Unlike prescription or over the counter pharmaceutical drugs, which must be approved by FDA -Federal Drug Administration before they can be marketed, dietary supplements do not require such. Rather, the identity, purity, strength, and composition of the products must follow certain manufacturing standards.
False claims or deceptive statements about a particular health product, will certainly attract legal action or penalties by the regulatory authority of the manufacturing or receiving country, for example, NAFDAC in Nigeria.
In Summary, always check for the necessary health regulatory logo, symbol or statement on any supplement before you adopt them.
Alternatively, let your healthcare provider help you determine which supplements might be beneficial or meet your requirement. We at before and after 50 are also here to help you make some smart and intelligent decisions when it comes to your health and supplementation.
Also, it’s no more news that many doctors and pharmacists now embrace and recommend dietary supplements. You can discuss with them freely for a proper guide and overall health of you and your family.
Dietary supplement labels may carry certain types of health-related claims; That it supports the heart-health, boosts immunity, nutrient dense and so on. Also, you will see something like “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration” OR “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
All of these are good and informative for your decision.
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Hi, I am a compulsive optimist passionate about the woman being a blessing to her family and her immediate and intermediate environment in all ramifications. I am happily married to Kingsley Uranta and blessed with two children, Bob and King. By the way, I am 53 years old.