Eat healthy, drink lots of water, have enough sleep and exercise. This will give you a higher chance of losing weight and improving your health, which would result to a new, healthier you.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Are you getting enough nutrition from your diet?

by James Jones

Why take Vitamins?

Vitamins are micronutrients that are essential to life and healthy living. And, as everyone is aware, failing to get the necessary amounts of specific vitamins can cause deficiency states that are unhealthy and even dangerous.

However, vitamins can play a much larger dietary role in our ongoing quest for health than the FDA's Reference Daily Intakes (formerly known as recommended daily allowances, or RDA's) might suggest.

As many scientific studies now indicate, vitamins, when taken in amounts greater than the RDI's, may reduce the occurrence of certain illnesses and degenerative disorders, improve the functioning of the immune system, and, perhaps, even allow us to live longer and healthier lives.
Is my "Diet" adequate? There is an increasing tendency to associate the word "diet" with special food combinations that help you lose weight, but this is not the true meaning of the word: simply put, your diet is what supplies the body with the vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fiber it needs to sustain life--your life.

Without adequate amounts of healthy nutrients, it is a proven fact that you will become more vulnerable to infection and illness. Eyesight, memory, mood, energy level, lifespan--everything that defines your life experience is directly affected by what you eat. With so many food choices available, it's important to know which foods are the best sources of nutrients, and how these nutrients function in the body.

Supplements? What are they, and should I be taking them?

Nutritional supplements are important for at least two simple reasons. The first is that many of us rely too much on fast foods and highly processed foods. And the second rationale for nutritional supplements is that evidence continues to mount that many of the nutrients and health promoting substances that we might take to achieve optimum health levels cannot be obtained through normal diet alone.

Of course, any nutrient that is not acquired through normal eating habits may be classified as a supplement. And this includes vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, enzymes, as well as a host of other nutrients. The key to nutrition is to keep track of and know the amount of nutrients you are getting from your normal eating habits each day and if this is not meeting the RDI's suggested requirements, you should be taking a multi-vitamin every day.

Here are the values suggested by the FDA, taken from, ("Daily Values" encourage healthy diets, by Paula Kurtzweil, member of the FDA's public affairs staff)

* vitamin A 5,000 International Units (IU)
* vitamin C 60 milligrams (mg)
* thiamin 1.5 mg
* riboflavin 1.7 mg
* niacin 20 mg
* calcium 1.0 gram (g)
* iron 18 mg
* vitamin D 400 IU
* vitamin E 30 IU
* vitamin B6 2.0 mg
* folic acid 0.4 mg
* vitamin B12 6 micrograms (mcg)
* phosphorus 1.0 g
* iodine 150 mcg
* magnesium 400 mg
* zinc 15 mg
* copper 2 mg
* biotin 0.3 mg
* pantothenic acid 10 mg Reference Daily Intakes (RDIs) (Based on National Academy of Sciences' 1968 Recommended Dietary Allowances)

About the Author
Vitamins should be designed to nutritionally support your entire body! Make sure they use only the highest grade Whole Food Vitamins, Chelated Minerals, Probiotics, and Vegetable Enzymes. Your health is worth everything. Start treating it right, and give your body the nutrients needed to support optimal health. Don Lapre