While this is great in theory there is a variety of factors which can prevent this from happening:

  1. A broken digestive system can prevent you from absorbing all of your nutrients and you may have food sensitivities which require you to avoid certain nutrient dense foods (i.e. dairy).
  2. A strict diet which excludes foods that are nutrient dense.
  3. A high stress lifestyle which can increase your requirements for certain nutrients.
  4. Depleted soil, meaning the soil has less nutrients so the foods we eat will have less nutrients. Plants get their nutrition from soil and so do the animals who eat the plants.
  5. The fact that some people due to their genetic makeups require more of certain nutrients than others—amounts that would be impossible to get through food.

Here are supplements you should consider taking to support some key areas of your health:

DIGESTIVE SUPPORT - Digestive enzymes can ensure that you are breaking down your food adequately and can provide rather quick relief from post-meal bloating and cramping (look for a digestive enzyme that has protease, lipase and amylase). This can also help keep your stomach nice and flat. Probiotics will ensure that you are extracting as many nutrients from your food as possible and can help with supporting your immune system.

STRESS & HORMONES - Vitamin C boosts your immune system, which is common knowledge, but what is not often discussed is that we need significantly more vitamin C when under stress. So, during stressful times it is very beneficial to supplement with Vitamin C.

HEALTHY TEETH, BONES, CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH (Calcium, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2) – These 3 nutrients work together to support the health and integrity of your bones and teeth. They aid in doing this by keeping calcium in your bones and teeth and out of your arteries. Calcium and vitamin K2 are found mainly in dairy products, so if you do not consume those you should consider supplementing. Vitamin D3 is not found in many foods so supplement a few times a week in the winter and get outside in the summer.

DETOXIFICATION & INFLAMMATION - Vitamins play a role in numerous fields, but especially in supporting your liver's natural detoxification processes. Imagine that, your liver can help you detox if it has the right nutrients. They also aid in keeping inflammation down in the body.

GENERAL SUPPORT (Magnesium and Zinc) - Magnesium plays a role in so many things in the human body, I will not even try and list them. What I can say is that magnesium is not found in many foods in adequate amounts and the foods it is present in will generally not meet your requirement. Zinc is important for digestion and for our immune system. In addition, zinc plays a major role in keeping copper levels in check.

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