Are there enough nutrients in your Diet?

Even health enthusiasts struggle to get all their recommended vitamins and nutrients from food alone. The most recent Dietary Guidelines issued by the federal government identify magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin D, fiber, and choline among the shortfall nutrients in our diets.

As hard as we try it is difficult to get enough of the nutrients and minerals our bodies need. For instance, you would need to eat over three cups of black-eyed peas or nearly six cups of cocked broccoli every day to get the recommended amount of 400mcg of folic acid, and 10 cups of cooked kale for the recommended 1,000 mg of calcium. No matter how you look at it – that is a lot of kale.

Are Nutrient Deficiencies Serious?

These deficiencies can accumulate over time. If left un-checked they can sometimes lead to serious health concerns. For example, a lack of vitamin A can leave people more susceptible to eye problems and possible infections. And deficiencies in magnesium can contribute to type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

Will a Plant-Based Diet Solve the Problem

Nutritionists often encourage people to eat nutrient-rich foods like chia seeds, seaweed, and nuts. But this advice is not always practical, as many of these foods are expensive and sometimes hard to obtain. While it is possible to get everything your body needs from diet, it is not always practical or affordable. Supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals can be an excellent way to fill these gaps.

What Can I Do?

While Vegetarian and Vegan diets are generally healthier, these diets can still leave gaps in the bodies nutrition requirements. OptiVega® is a new dietary supplement designed specifically with the Vegan and Vegetarian diet in mind. Watch what you eat and be mindful of where you might need to supplement your diet to obtain optimal nutrition levels.