Have you taken your multi-vitamin today?

Most adults are of two camps: either they take a daily multi-vitamin or they don’t. The camp that doesn’t should soon change their ways.

Nowadays, you need to cover all the bases. The modern paced lifestyle means a lot of catching up in your personal life. And health and fitness are left up to you to fit into the little time you do have to yourself.

A long commute to and from work along with sitting all day at a computer, doesn’t help matters. Then you have the need to cram making dinner in with personal chores like laundry, shopping, household cleaning and taking care of a spouse, pets or children. This leaves very little time to actually look at what you’re eating.

A diet of processed foods and fast foods does not provide the vitamins and minerals needed for overall health. Never mind for your individual body’s needs to keep up with your life and any illness you may have. Or to replace the vitamins and minerals any medications you take deplete. You need to supplement your health these days.

And to make things worse, the soil not as fertile as it was in our grandparent’s time. (An article that expands on this is http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/ ) The gist of the article is this: current mono-cropping practices have stripped the soil bare of nutrients and minerals used by that crop. Farmers add more chemical fertilizers to the fields to get more of that crop to yield more harvestable fruits and vegetables for market.

Dr. Oz gives us a quick summary on what vitamin supplements he takes. Also, go to our blog to see our review on the best vitamin supplement brands!

Here’s his daily supplement regimen:

1. A one-a-day multi-vitamin with vitamins A,B,C,D, and E

2. Vitamin D-3 supplement (preferably with Calcium-Magnesium) 1,000 to 1,200 IU

3. Omega-3s (with DHA): Either Algae or Fish Oil based

So most crop plants are bred to yield faster and make produce that can look good in the grocery store, despite long transportation and cold storage before it is put out to sell. Increased nutrient value is not bred into the plants at all.

Food ends up being less nutritious than when our grandparents ate them. An apple is not as nutritious as an apple was 50 years ago. And this is found across the board in all harvestable produce. You’d be better off growing a backyard vegetable garden, but who has the time?

You can try buying organic produce and cooking from scratch, again, great idea but with what time? Or you can do more to insure you are getting what your body needs. You need to take a multi vitamin supplement at the very minimum. If you have the time, energy and space you should seriously consider starting a garden too.