There’s no doubt about the fact that we simply cannot get all the nutrients our bodies need exclusively from the regular food we eat, such is the nature of the busy lives we lead today. Besides the business, the nutritional value contained in the food that’s produced in this day and age isn’t quite what it used to be, testimony to which fact is how rich two or three generations of mere pumpkins grow out when you plant them in your own vegetable garden. Compare these with the commercially produced ones you get from the biggest of department stores or even specialist fruit and veggie stores and you’ll realise just how devoid of substance the shop-bought ones are.
Additionally, there are just some nutrients – micronutrients in particular which are near impossible to obtain naturally from the range of foods we eat. Iodine is one such micronutrient and it’s a very important one too, which is why in most countries the government has taken it upon themselves to regulate the production of salt and have it iodated.
What about the many other nutrients we need which the government simply cannot get involved in the provision of?
This is when it becomes apparent that supplementation is indeed important, but you have to do it right.
Catering to your nutritional needs
The most common case of the deployment of supplements is that of how bodybuilders or anyone merely seeking to bulk up know that they need a bit more fuel for the muscle they’re going to be working harder than normal, so too some nutrients which are essential to the construction of that muscle mass. So these budding beefcakes then go ahead and load up on carbohydrate-based supplements to fuel their muscles and then consolidate on the reconstruction of the muscles post-workout with a protein based supplement such as a protein shake.
So it’s all about your specific nutritional needs and in the case of not getting enough of or even a little bit of a particular nutrient which is essential to the healthy functioning and development of the body, some of these are available as easy-take tablets, pills, shakes and even something like a breakfast bar.
Supplements are a temporary solution
There’s a reason why one is said to have expensive pee when they’re on a multivitamin supplement and their urine starts to assume the colour of the multivitamin supplement they’re taking. It’s because for the most part, the body doesn’t absorb all the micronutrients contained in supplements, thus rendering it a waste to keep supplementing for prolonged periods of time.
Supplements aren’t meant to be taken forever or at least not continuously, forever. They’re meant to balance things out when there’s a clear deficit or as part of your plan to cover for a deficit.
Otherwise take your vitamin B complex for a couple or more weeks if you’re low on your appetite and as a result you’re low on energy, but these along with pretty much all other supplements weren’t meant to be a permanent part of your life.