Why you Should Consider Taking Nutritional Supplements

How is your nutrient intake?

Are you middle aged or older?  Do you find yourself eating less than when you were in your twenties? Do you find yourself eating more processed foods or fast foods because of your fast-paced life?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we invite you to consider how nutritional supplements can benefit your overall health and add the nutrients you may not be receiving.

Why would we say this?  Here are several points to consider:

  • As we age, we tend to be less physically active than when we were in our twenties.  As we become less active, we need less food than once consumed.  By consuming less food, we reduce the number of nutrients put into our bodies.  With the reduced amount of nutrients available, we face the possibility that we may not be giving our bodies all the nutrients and micronutrients it needs.[1]
  • With a fast-paced life and not having enough time in a day, fast foods and processed foods allow quick access to food when we are hungry.  Processed foods and fast foods can fill you up, but your body may not obtain the nutrition that it needs to function optimally.
  • The older we get we find our gastrointestinal system (gut) can become less efficient at pulling the nutrients from the food we take in.[2] Couple this possibility with consuming less food and the amount of the nutrients available may not be sufficient.
  • Many of today’s fruits and vegetables do not have the nutrition levels that they had in the 1950s.[3]  Today’s fruits and vegetables have been developed for size, speed to harvest, and the ability to be transported.  In addition, as a result of today’s intensive farming, there are fewer nutrients in the soil per plant to drawn, which reduces the number of nutrients we consume.[4]
  • Stress, toxins, colds and other illnesses can disrupt the nutrition available, which can compromise our ability to maintain good health. 

You have heard countless times, “You are what you eat.”.  Invest in yourself and take the time to review the nutrition you are providing your body to sustain and maintain your good health.  Some question to answer to determine if supplements can help you maintain good health are:

  • What nutrients does my brain utilize in maintain a healthy state?
  • How do I maintain good gut health?
  • What exercises and nutrition provide good bone and muscle health?

By investing in your health today with knowledge, you have the opportunity to give your body what it needs to maintain good health. With better overall nutrition, you will have a better chance of staying active and healthy.


[1] “Nutrient Recommendations: Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), National Institutes of Health (website), accessed May 16, 2019, https://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/Dietary_Reference_Intakes.aspx

[2] D’Souza, A L, “Ageing and the gut,” (article), January 2007,  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, PMID 17267678, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2599964/

[3] “Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?”, Scientific American (article), accessed May 16, 2019, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/

[4] Davis, Donald R, “Declining Fruit and Vegetable Nutrient Composition: What Is the Evidence?” February 2009, American Society for Horticultural Science, accessed May 16, 2019, https://journals.ashs.org/hortsci/view/journals/hortsci/44/1/article-p15.xml

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