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WILL A MULTIVITAMIN SOLVE ALL YOUR PROBLEMS?


Do you currently take a multivitamin?
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If so why?
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I would love to know the reasoning behind it.
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Nowadays we live in a world where fast food and highly processed diets are consumed by a large number of the general population which has lead to the obesity epidemic we are currently in right now.
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According to the HSE (2016):
6 out of every 10 are overweight or obese
24% report that they eat 5 portions of fruit/vegetables per day
32% of the population meet the current activity guidelines
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This is quite scary, to say the least and the problem is only going to get worse in terms of the prevalence of diseases that ultimately increases one’s risk of death.
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A lot of the information that is put out there on social media, magazines and even on the TV can be misleading when to be being “healthy”.
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Just last week I had a chat with a client and it came up that she was currently taking a multivitamin. When I asked her why she was taking it, she said I read on a magazine that taking a multivitamin can offset a poor diet.
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So after a quick chat, I highlighted the reasons to her why this would not be the case and told her “a poor diet while taking a multivitamin is still a poor diet” (Aragon, 2013).
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Food will always be number one and superior to any multivitamin on the market despite what they tell you. As you can see from the above statistics that is quite easy to eat a poor diet and then subsequently go to Holland and Barret to get a multivitamin to fix the issue.
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My advice would be to consume a diet that has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in it as this will provide with vital micronutrients, minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, zoo nutrients and adequate fibre to suit your nutritional needs.
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There are far more useful things you can spend your money on than supplements that are unnecessary especially when everything is out of check. Remember the hint is in the word…they are there to “supplement” your diet!
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Get active too because as a nation we spend far too much time in a sedentary position, 5.3 hours per day during weekdays and this could be far greater on the weekend (HSE, 2016).
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I hope you found this helpful.

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