To supplement or not supplement?

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V__AEE4This is a question asked by so many people both in the general public and health care providers.  For most people, supplementing with a multi-vitamin will provide better nutrients to the body.  For other people facing physical illnesses, additional supplementation may be necessary to obtain optimal physiological and biochemical status.  There are numerous reactions that take place within the body each moment.  When we are not giving our bodies adequate nutrition, our cells suffer.  When it comes to eating, it is important to remember that while we may be feeding our appetites, we are really feeding each cell in our bodies.  Nutrients such as iron, all of the B vitamins, and CoQ10 are necessary for energy production.  Because many of us eat processed foods, the nutrients have been stripped out of the food through processing.  In breads and cereals, they are added back in through fortification, but it may not be enough to prevent disease.  Even eating a whole foods diet, due to farming practices, many nutrients are lower than in previous years in the foods we eat.  For example, refining flour depletes many vitamins and minerals by up to 86%!  (Dr. Gaby’s book of Nutritional Medicine)

So the answer as to whether or not to supplement is very individual, and a little controversial.  What is true however, is that our current diet in America does not provide enough essential nutrients to prevent disease or operate at an optimal level.  We consume too  much sugar and too much processed foods.  Working to find out which nutrients you may be lacking, and supplementing when necessary can make a tremendous difference in how you may feel from day to day, especially when you are working to eat more whole foods.