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Many people ask questions like why to take supplements when working out? Are they really safe? Is it really needed and so on?

Here I will give you brief introduction to supplements. They are nothing but in addition to the food you take. They are just to balance some deficiencies or improve the nutritional value or say vitamin and mineral requirements needed for your body on daily basis.

Food processing, cooking, and preserving leads to nutrient depletion in our food supply that makes it difficult to obtain adequate nutrition from foods alone. Many fruits and vegetables are genetically bred to improve visual appeal and crop yields, not nutritional value, which frequently results in lesser nutritional values than our ancestors’ food supply.

Irregular eating habits, not enough chewing of food, eating on the run, and stress contribute to poor absorption, making it difficult for our bodies to extract all the nutrients it needs from food.

Pharmaceutical drug use has increased over time.  Most medicines deplete essential nutrients, making people more exposed to deficiencies. Certain times in life and health conditions may result in higher needs of certain nutrients.  For example, folic acid needs tend to be higher during pregnancy, while menopausal women may be susceptible to calcium deficiencies.

Increasing levels of pollution in air, water and food also cause our bodies to use more nutrients than normal, especially to detoxify and eliminate harmful substances.  This is especially true of the antioxidant vitamins like Vitamins A, C, and E.

Mostly genetic weaknesses, including higher needs of some nutrients, higher rates of depletion for certain nutrients and an increased likelihood of genetic expression of some illnesses if vitamin or mineral deficiencies are present.

Many nutrients have been proven to prevent or aid in the treatment of health conditions like high cholesterol, arthritis, birth defects, and cancer.

Of course, the supplements are to be taken in addition to daily food. Just having supplements is not helpful for body.

Aarti Borole

Gold's gym certified personal trainer with years of health and wellness experience. Possess proven track record in helping clients achieve fitness goals through customized exercises programs and diet plans. All the recipes here are personally tried and tested.

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