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How the “X” Factor in Nutrition Affects You

By Merenna Morrow — March 20, 2013

No doubt you’ve heard the expression “Good food is the best medicine.” Unfortunately, it is challenging to eat the right foods in the proper amounts that could provide the nutrient diversity and density needed for your best health. On the one hand, there’s always the temptation to make bad food choices. But even when you do pick healthy foods, the nutrient losses a food endures during its harvesting, processing, transportation and production will diminish its nutritional value significantly and undermine even your best efforts. It’s just a fact of life today. But the resulting nutritional inadequacies can take a toll on your health–both in the short-term and for the long-term.

To make the issues more complicated, health and lack of health are not cut and dried conditions. For the most part, it’s not that you’re perfectly healthy one day and terribly ill or unhealthy the next day. Instead, over a span of time, our health can degenerate from feeling great, to feeling alright, to fatigue and marginal deficiencies to more serious disease states and even death.

The “X” Factor is a Big Factor in Your Nutrient Equation

Even with this understanding, here’s the monkey wrench in the whole equation, the veritable “x” factor in the nutrient equation: No two individuals have the exact same nutritional needs. Even members of the same family who are eating the same foods will come away with different nutritional and health benefits from the same meals. To compound matters, personal taste determines much of what is actually consumed. So, while this one is refusing to eat his green veggies, another will prefer fatty foods, while another one may ingest only very small amounts of protein.

Our metabolism will also determine how and how well our food supplies nutrients to the body. This means that the amount of activity we get, our sex, age and physical makeup have a direct impact on what our body needs and its ability to derive benefit from the foods provided. Scientists believe that differences such as these may play a larger role in determining why people feel tired and unwell while yet others remain healthy and active.

Lifestyle is another aspect of the whole health equation. Certain types of lifestyle or lifestyle activities can increase your body’s nutrient demands. For example, a person who is physically active may require more antioxidants than someone who is sedentary. This could also be true for people who routinely encounter pollution, who eat fatty foods or foods with chemicals or who are undergoing stress in their lives. The consumption of alcohol or food additives, taking medication, and contaminants in water will also increase specific nutrient needs. Individual who smoke may well benefit from an increase in vitamin C, and coffee drinkers may need to take more calcium and B-vitamins. Dieters often need more vitamin E because eliminating fat in your diet can mean eliminating some of the richest sources of this vitamin. Too, if you eat food products made with ingredients like olestra–“fake fats”–you may need to supplement to offset the requirements the body needs to process such unnatural foods.

Why Nutritional Supplementation?

The boon of nutritional supplementation is that it can go a long way in fulfilling your nutritional gaps and deficiencies brought on by your lifestyle and diet. And that means a better quality of life and health for you.

Supplementation can help you with two main goals:

  1. It can provide you with the nutrients you need to prevent and correct deficiencies and their related health symptoms.
  2. And it can provide the amount of nutrients you require for your optimal health.

In short, nutritional supplementation can make your life better by giving your body exactly what it needs to perform and feel great!

If you need assistance in selecting the best supplements for you and your lifestyle, call us at (800) 828-9500 and we will be happy to assist you.

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