Are You Getting Enough Vitamins And Minerals?
As you start making improvements in your nutrition plan, you may begin to ask yourself whether you really need a multi-vitamin.
Is it a necessity for you to see optimal results or can you get by with just your diet alone?
It seems you should have one for back-up support either way, but yet, if you don’t need to spend money on this, why do so?
Let’s go over some factors that would help you better decide if a multi-vitamin is right for you.
How Often Do You Fall Off Your Diet?
The first question to ask yourself – and be honest about – is how often you fall off your diet plan.
If you know you are going to eat 100% healthy all the time, your need for a multi-vitamin will be lower than someone who only eats healthy 70% of the time.
In that case, they may not be getting the nutrition in that they need, so having that multi-vitamin there for backup support can be crucial.
Are You Eating A Varied Daily Diet?
Next, also consider whether or not you’re eating a varied diet plan. Do you eat red meat? What about dairy products?
If you are cutting out entire food groups from your diet, there’s a much higher chance that you may start to run a nutritional deficit.
Likewise, if you are just a picky eater and tend to eat the same five or six foods over and over again, this is also another thing that can lead to nutritional deficiencies.
In all of these cases, having a multi-vitamin for back-up support can be a good thing.
Are You Suffering From Any Health Issues?
Moving along, also ask yourself if you are currently suffering from any health concerns.
For instance, if you are anemic, taking in more iron in supplemental form will be vital to maintaining higher energy levels.
If you’re suffering from brittle bones, you may need added calcium in your diet plan.
Some men may want to supplement with Zinc to ensure they sustain adequate stores. Likewise, females who are expecting soon should consider adding folic acid to their diet.
With all of these, you may not need the full fledged multi-vitamin, but rather should consider supplementing with the individual nutrients.
It’ll be up to you which route you want to go. The supplement will obviously add more to your diet – things that you may not actually need.
Do You Use Any Fortified Foods?
Finally, also consider whether you are currently eating any fortified foods. These foods may also pose a threat of toxicity if you use them along with a multi-vitamin.
While you will need to take in very high dosages of the water soluble vitamins for them to become toxic, this isn’t the case with fat soluble vitamins.
It’s good to take a look at how much you are taking in and make sure that you are in safe levels. Especially if you are also going to be taking a multi-vitamin.
In many cases, with those fortified foods, you simply won’t need a multi-vitamin as well.
So there you have the main points to know and remember with regards to whether or not you should use a multi-vitamin.
It really is a personal decision and will depend on what the rest of your diet plan looks like. Also remember that you don’t necessarily have to use the multi-vitamin daily.
You can certainly only take it on days that you may not have eaten as well as you should, giving you the nutrients to line up with your requirements.