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Published On: Thu, Jun 22nd, 2017

The positive effects of Multivitamins to your daily fitness and health

As one of the hotly debated issues in modern nutrition, multivitamins are often misunderstood as a waste of money or as a source of excessive vitamins and minerals. Rita Galloway, nutritionist at YesWellness, points out that a person’s body can only absorb a certain amount of vitamins and minerals, but that does not mean that you should write off multivitamins automatically – even if you think you are an inherently healthy person.

Multivitamins come in a number of formats including tablet, capsule, pills and even powders. As a general term, multivitamins are used to describe a number of supplements – each product can vary significantly in terms of ingredients. For those who are deficient in multiple essential vitamins and minerals, a multivitamin may help with overall health. According to Livestrong.com, when you are sick, your body may not be able to obtain or absorb all the vitamins and minerals it needs to make a speedy recovery.  

An apple a day keeps the doctor away? How about a multi a day? Image/Leon Brooks

Why should you take a multivitamin?

While the ideal human diet includes all the essential vitamins and minerals for a healthy body, it is often time consuming to keep track and maintain all the nutrients a body needs to be healthy. Eating healthy meals with plenty of fruits, vegetables and non-preserved foods is the best source of nutrition; however, multivitamins are a good fallback option when eating habits fall short of perfection. If a person’s daily diet does not meet the recommended daily intake of a food group, multivitamins may be a beneficial option.

Unhealthy Diets

More and more people are leaning towards unhealthier eating, which in part is affected by the coasts of healthy food. In a study performed at Harvard School of Public Health, researchers found that a healthy diet actually costs $1.50 more per day, which does not take into account the value of time.  Lower income families are then stuck in a cyclical system that is fueled by unhealthy food leading to increased medical costs. Multivitamins are a stopgap alternative that can be used to supply a body with the essential nutrients when a person cannot find the time to eat healthy meals.

Fitness

Proteins are the supplements that come to mind when thinking about fitness, but there are many benefits to adding multivitamins to your workout mix. Physical fitness takes a large amount of resources from your body – the most obvious signs is an increased caloric intake through a larger appetite.  However, your body also needs other nutrients in addition to calories and that amount increases in bodybuilding and athletes. One multivitamin can cover a number of vitamins and minerals that may be missing from a good supplement program for bodybuilders.

In a perfect world, supplements would not be necessary, but most people do not have the knowledge of a nutritionist. Since multivitamins can vary drastically in content, it would also be beneficial to learn what areas of your diet are lacking and choose multivitamins that addresses those needs.

Author: Amy Trotter

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