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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Taking Vitamins

You try to eat well, drink plenty and stay healthy. While it’s optimal to get your daily nutritional needs from the foods you eat. There is so much conflicting information out there that you just don’t know where to start – don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Nutritional supplements are a great way to ensure you’re providing your body with nutrients you may be lacking from diet alone. Many of you may be thinking, do I need to take vitamins? The answer, yes! We believe everyone should supplement their health with high-quality nutrients, and here’s why:

#1 You Are What You Eat

In reality, whether you think you’re living a healthy lifestyle or not, most of us do not consume sufficient amounts of essential nutrients for two reasons: the most accessible food on the market is unhealthy and Britons are well-known for making poor nutritional choices – *cough* fish and chips *cough*.

It is estimated that 70% of the “normal” diet has no nutritional value. Unfortunately, you have no control over the amount of salt, sugar and fat in processed foods. Have a think. Oven chips, ready cooked chicken, frozen pizza and sweet potato fries which have been distributed to your local supermarket are most likely devoid in nutritional value – The result? Our bodies, though overfed, are starving. A high-quality multivitamin can help pick up this slack.

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#2 Come on, Popeye

Tell the truth – do you eat five a day? If not, you have plenty of company. According to the NHS, only one in four adults eat their five a day. So, if you’re falling short, supplementing with a multi can help fill in those nutritional gaps and keep you on track. You must remember – this is not a hall pass for cheat eating! Consuming daily vitamins won’t make up for a bad diet, but it will support, maintain and magnify the benefits of a good one.

#3 But My Diet Is Great…

Great news – keep it up! Eating fresh, organic and unprocessed food is a great way to gain the maximum amount of nutrients possible at every meal. Already live an organic lifestyle? We still recommend taking daily vitamins to insure you’re getting all the nutrients needed to support your training goals and cellular function, after all, you can’t miss leg day!

#4 Wash, Wax And Polish

Like you would your car, you need to care for your body. A body well-fuelled with vitamins and nutrients will run efficiently, last longer and need fewer repairs. Imagine putting petrol in a diesel car – it’ll eventually seize. Fuelling your body with the essential vitamins and minerals will keep you on-track, all year round – Don’t risk breaking down.

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#5 Picking A Winner

What’s in your vitamins is just as important as what is not in it. Steer clear of supplements containing sugar, lactose, artificial colours, flavourings, If that’s what you’re after, try the confectionary aisle.

A good rule of thumb when it comes to choosing vitamins? Look for vitamins which are easily absorbed, capsule form and skip the old school 1-a-day – as convenient as they may seem, there’s just not enough room in one capsule to physically pack enough punch into your healthcare. Look for those that can be taken twice a day with meals – convenience is key.

Bottom Line

We’ve got your back! Supplementing with vitamins can help fill those nutritional gaps in your diet and keep you on track – even on cheat day. With so many vitamins available, you can customise your pill pot based on your individual needs and use them to help reach your health and fitness goals.

Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye Reid has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Faye has worked with numerous high-profile organisations, such as Men's Health, Sky Sports, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves, British Dressage and GB Rowing, providing her expert sports science support. Find out more about Faye's experience here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/faye-reid-8b619b122/. She puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding.


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