Different fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, meats, poultry and fish possess a multitude of vitamins and minerals in varying amounts, depending upon the source and food preparation. Our diets are supposed to consist of a balance of all fiber, protein, carbohydrates and a little fat, but it can be difficult to keep up with each and every day.
The bottom line is that a balanced diet grows out of a balanced life. One of the best ways that people stay organized is with documentation. A diet or more specifically a vitamin/mineral journal is an excellent way to make sure that you get all of the vitamins and minerals you need each day and in the optimal format: supplement (slow release capsule or liquid) or through food intake. A great way to make sure your diet never gets boring and get your nutrients at the same time is to get as much as possible out of the food you eat. You don’t want a bowl of pills for breakfast, soup of pills at lunch and a plate of pills for dinner, do you?
Did you know that there are certain vitamins and minerals we all needs each day: for infants, children, men, women, pregnant females, and those over 50? But did you also know that there are certain supplements that we also need based on our internal makeup and the stage of our health at that time? We are supposed to be adjusting with age, not just doing the same old thing. Yes, it is beneficial to take a multivitamin every day for 50 years, but what else does your unique body need in order to perform better with age? Take a good look at your skin, hair, nails, teeth, tongue; how are your joints functioning and overall bodily processes? A diet journal can help you and your doctor monitor deficiencies and help you get the most out of meal time and the vitamin isle at your local grocery or drug store. You don’t want to waste time taking supplements you don’t need or avoiding the foods and supplements you do. It’s all about knowing yourself, so engage in a little introspection and get fitter and happier!