February is Heart Health Month. Did you take your vitamins today?
1.Your Body Can’t Produce Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that are required for life that are not usually created by the body. You need them to live, and you have to get them from your diet. The most common source is fruits and vegetables, but according to a 2009 report from the Centers for Disease Control, only 14% of U.S. adults and 9.5% of U.S. teens are eating the recommended minimum of two daily servings of fruit and at least three daily servings of vegetables.1 This has prompted doctors to recommend that all adults take a multivitamin daily.2
2. Timing Is Everything
As humans, we are designed to eat several times a day. So it only makes sense that we need to supplement almost as often. Supplementing the diet with the Vitality Pack more than once a day provides the ideal amounts of nutrition throughout the day. This is especially true for vitamins, because the body cannot store most vitamins. They are only of benefit for a limited time after you take them, so taking them in the morning and at night helps ensure your body has a constant supply to maintain health and proper bodily functions.
While the body can store minerals for later use, they provide the most benefit when the body has built up an adequate supply. Taking the Vitality Pack in the morning and at night helps ensure your body has the appropriate amount to perform its best.
3. Skipping Today Can Hurt Tomorrow
Most vitamins and minerals provide more than one benefit to the body. Some of them are for critical functions such as keeping your heart beating, while others are for maintaining a strong immune system and helping the body rejuvenate itself. Your body has an incredible capacity to prioritize these benefits and allocate them much like doctors prioritize patients in an emergency room.
In an ER, the most life-threatening situations are treated first. The less critical situations are only addressed once the critical cases have been stabilized.
In your body, nutrients are utilized first to maintain your critical life functions, and then—and only if there is enough—it will use them for rejuvenation, repair and other more long-term benefits. As a result, you probably won’t feel a lot of difference if you skip a day or two, or if your body isn’t receiving the recommended amount of vitamins. But over time, the deficiencies can add up. Many illnesses and diseases have a direct link to nutrient deficiencies.
1. “ State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009,” Centers for Disease Control, Sept. 29, 2009.
2. JAMA vol. 287, no. 23, 2002, p. 3127–3129.