New to vitamins? Why should you consider taking
We are all running 150 miles an hour most days and not taking the time to eat properly. Unfortunately, that usually brings a lot of fast food and restaurants into play where we have no idea how foods are being prepared and cooked. This also means there is no way we are receiving the daily amount of vegetables and nutrients our bodies need to perform properly. This is why you should consider a good vitamin to fill the gaps.
It can be confusing to know where to start! There are so many multivitamins, targeted solutions, and single-
vitamin supplements in the market, and choosing the one that works for you can be overwhelming. Here are a
few things you need to know to help you choose the right supplement for yourself.
The first challenge is how to get all the nutrients your body needs from food alone, if you are eating healthy.
Chances are you have asked the question “Do I really need to take a vitamin if I eat healthy?” The truth is even the healthiest of diets may not always provide all the nutrients your body needs. Most diets have nutritional gaps, and while vitamins should never replace a healthy diet, they are a great way to fill in those gaps.
The simplest way to fill your nutritional gaps is to take a multivitamin each day. Consider multivitamins that are specifically formulated for your gender or age, like Shaklee’s Vitalizer series, Vitalizer Men, Vitalizer Women, or our Gold series for seniors.
When in question, ask your doctor what vitamins you need.
We are all different, so everyone has different nutritional needs depending on their age, gender, diet, and health. People over the age of 50 need more vitamin B 12 because they have a reduced ability to absorb it from food. Women who are pregnant benefit from more folic acid and iron to support the baby’s growth and development. Lifestyle, what you are eating, drinking and exercise can affect your nutritional needs too. For example, people who do not get as much exposure to sun may need more vitamin D. Also, those who follow vegan, paleo, or other diets that limit or exclude certain food groups may end up creating nutritional shortfalls that traditional diets do not. Yearly check ups with your doctor can tell you what and if you have any gaps that need to be filled with supplements.
You can overdo it with supplementing.
You will want to make sure that you’re not getting too much of any one nutrient, especially if you’re considering single-vitamin or single mineral supplements. Keep in mind that certain nutrients should not be taken in excess and have established upper limits. Always read the directions given on the label and take the time to look up any ingredients that are unfamiliar to you. Some supplements contain unnecessary additives like artificial colorants, titanium dioxide, butylated hydroxytoluene and others that may be harmful to your health. If you’re in doubt about whether a supplement is right for you, consult your doctor.
Look for the right claims and certifications.
If a supplement sounds too good to be true—it probably is. Be cautious of products that claim to do it all or cure illnesses or diseases. Some products also can use misleading scientific-sounding terms. Instead, opt for products that have substantiated claims, clear descriptions, and nutrient listings.
Go with what’s tried and true.
With a little research, you can find out which supplements are backed by clinical research and studies. Some companies also take it upon themselves to test and screen their products for safety and efficacy. For example, Shaklee’s Vitalizer ™ is backed by 12 clinical studies and one of the largest nutritional supplement studies, The Landmark Study. And like all Shaklee products, the ingredients in Vitalizer are quality tested and screened for contaminants to guarantee the safety of the product.
Whether you are trying to be the healthiest you can be or address specific nutritional needs, vitamins can give you the nutrients your body may be missing. Find out which supplement is best for you!