Healthy Reasons to Supplement with Multivitamins
It seems that eating right used to be easier. There were the basics: four food groups, three 'square' meals a day and you took a vitamin because your mom told you to. Fast forward to 2011, and it's not so simple anymore. Now we have a food pyramid, daily values, RDA's, good fats and bad fats. Not to mention those antioxidants and the free radicals that they scavenge. Most people find these recommendations hard to understand and even harder to apply to their busy lives. Meeting even the most basic recommendation of 5 servings of fruit and vegetable a day becomes challenging when eating on the run!
The Game Plan
Every good athlete knows you've got to have a backup game plan. If you can't eat right each and every day, one way to help get all your vitamins and minerals is to supplement your diet with a multivitamin or multivitamin/mineral supplement. A dietary supplement may be a good way to cover all your bases to stay fit and healthy.
A dietary supplement can be a tablet, capsule, or liquid. Typically it contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and if it's a really good one, additional nutrition from antioxidant rich fruits and/or vegetables. A multivitamin or multivitamin/mineral supplement helps you get the amount of optimal nutrition you need every day to be on top of your game.
Plain and simple, fast food can affect your game plan. Youngsters have been consuming more fast food since the 1970's and, coincidently, there's been a rise in teenage obesity and diabetes. Not fun! Fast foods are high in unhealthy fats, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, chemical flavor enhancers and fake color. Also in highly processed foods, the vitamins and minerals typically get destroyed. Check your local fast food restaurant for fresh, healthy options such as healthy chicken and fish dishes, salads, vegetable soups, fruit plates and low-sugar drinks. When eating at home, it's best to favor low-fat meats, healthy dairy products, whole grains, vegetable dishes, fruit and nuts. If it's hard to eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day, a good quality multivitamin can help - it provides "insurance" when it comes to getting a wide spectrum of nutrients each day.
Obesity Rate Rise and the Consequences are serious - What can we do?
Despite the flood of information available to Americans on the risks of being overweight, obesity has risen to epidemic proportions in the last 20 years. Obesity is defined as having a high amount of body fat with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. With the trend of obesity elevating to this extent, it threatens to overtake tobacco as the No. 1 preventable cause of death.
One of the main concerns surrounding obesity can be expressed by this fact: an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 deaths per year may be attributed to obesity. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, being even moderately overweight (10 to 20 pounds for a person of average height) increases the risk of death, particularly among adults between the ages of 30 to 64 years. People who fall into the obese category have a 50 to 100% increased risk of an early death from all causes, compared to people with a healthy weight.
The number of specific diseases associated with being overweight and obese is vast. Being obese raises one’s chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and elevated triglycerides while lowering HDL cholesterol.
In adults, a mere 11 to 18 pound increase in weight increases a persons risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Also, type 2 diabetes, previously known as adult-onset diabetes, has dramatically increased in children because of the rising weight levels in our younger population. Other diseases that are impacted by weight are some types of cancer, asthma, and arthritis.
The good news is that in most cases, diagnosing and combating being overweight and obese is simple and the rewards are great. It does not require extensive medical tests, repeated doctor visits, and strange treatment modalities. Even losing just 10% of your body weight can have a positive impact on your health.
References: U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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