We are in the last month of the year. We are in the midst of Christmas season and usually that means eating a bunch of junk food.
So our tip for this month is to take a multi vitamin to fill in the gaps of even the healthiest diet.
What are vitamins?
There are 13 essential vitamins that are necessary for the body to function properly. Without them, we are a target for disease and debilitating illness.
Vitamins are essential for cell function, growth and development, and are essential to good health.
Today, vitamin deficiency is still a national epidemic. Around 90% of Americans have a potassium deficiency, 80% don’t get enough vitamin E, 70% need more calcium, and the list goes on and on. (Postive Med)
What kind of vitamins do we get from food?
The best way to get the vitamins you need is to get it directly from your food.
One of our previous posts in the series talks about the importance of eating the rainbow for optimal health.
Here is a wonderful infographic that helps you see what you need to eat to get certain vitamins.
Should I take an individual vitamin or multivitamin?
Most advice on the subject gives a hierarchy on vitamin intake that goes like this:
- Eat as many vitamins in your food each day for maximum absorption and health.
- Take a multivitamin for your age/sex to gain the extra vitamins you aren’t getting from your food.
- Take extra additional individual vitamins to replace a deficiency in your body.
What are the best multi vitamins to take?
I am not selling vitamins here and there are many millions to choose from in the market today.
My advice would be to choose one that is appropriate for your age/sex/stage of life. So if you are planning on having a baby, you might want to take a different multivitamin than if you are going into menopause. Different stages of life require different vitamins to maximize your health. I am including more information on this topic in the resources section below.See how taking a multivitamin daily can help you take control of your health. #healthyhabits Click To Tweet
This whole series is about making healthy choices so that you can live a healthy life. By taking a multivitamin each day, you are giving your body the extra help it needs to function right every day. That is taking control of your health!
Choosing the Right Multivitamin Supplement for You @ Consumer Reports
The 10 Best Multivitamins for Women @ Womans Day
The Best Vitamins for Women @ Dr. Axe
Do you take vitamins and which ones? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!