And if you do need supplements, what are the best supplements for your health?
There’s been a lot of confusion about nutritional health supplements. It wasn’t too long ago that all government agencies and almost all doctors and nutritionists told us we didn’t need nutritional supplements.
They said we could get everything we need from the “food pyramid.”
Some “authorities” still say we don’t need to take health supplements to be healthy and stay disease free. But the facts say otherwise!
Nutrition for Great Health vs “Adequate” Nutrition
A few years back the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) started checking the evidence for whether or not you need health supplements.
They studied the nutritional intake of over 21,000 Americans. And the shocking findings showed that no one was getting even the minimum RDA’s (recommended daily allowance) from the foods they ate.
And the RDA’s were meant to be just the bare-bones “adequate” nutrition necessary to prevent deficiency diseases like scurvy, beriberi and rickets.
The RDA’s are certainly nowhere close to the optimum nutrition that can give you the great anti-aging health and fitness you want. Yet not one single person was getting even “adequate” nutrition from their food.
That’s when “authority” figures started changing their tune.
Here’s Why You Need Nutritional Health Supplements
The RDA for Vitamin C is only 60 milligrams. But numerous studies show the ODA (optimum daily allowance) for C is at least 500 milligrams.
And getting the ODA of vitamin C not only protects you from scurvy, it also helps protect against colds, flues, viruses and many deadly diseases.
Here’s another example. The RDA for vitamin E is 30 IU’s (International Units). And two very good sources for E are peanuts and brown rice. But to get “adequate” vitamin E from these two foods you would have to eat:
- at least 10 oz. of peanuts with 1,050 calories
- or 2 ¼ pounds of brown rice at 1,575 calories.
No way, right? But that’s not the end of it.
Studies show in order to take full advantage of the many great health benefits of vitamin E, you need to be getting the ODA, between 200 and 400 IU’s. So how much would you have to eat to get the ODA for E?
Hope you’re hungry! Because for “optimum” E nutrition you need:
- a minimum of 40 cups of peanuts at 33,600 calories
- or 130 cups of brown rice with 91,000 calories!
And that’s just the tip of the need-for-nutritional-supplements iceberg. To learn more, check out Eating Organic to see how your food is grown.
The Healthy Living and Healthy Lifestyle Pyramid
- Eat for great health and avoid unhealthy food.
- Increase your intake of healthy high fiber foods.
- Limit salt, bad fat and refined high glycemic foods.
- Buy organic produce and meats whenever possible.
- Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
- Eat plenty of healthy vegetables from the vegetable list.
- Manage your stress with stress management techniques.
- Use the fruits list to choose more fresh raw nutritious fruits.
- Increase water intake and reduce sodas, coffee and alcohol.
- Maintain an ideal weight with weight loss strategies that work.
- Spend time with healthy people and create a healthy social life.
- And take the best quality natural nutritional health supplements.
So, are you taking supplements now? Which nutrients do you feel are important to you? AND, do you remember to take them every day?
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