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Sometimes a healthy diet isn't enough

Soil Decline

The soil our food grows in has been gradually degraded over time. Soil erosion is a huge problem, as the soil that erodes is the top layer, where it is the most organic matter enriched. If you take away the organic matter before it can decompose and deposit nutrients, the soil begins to lack nutrients. 

Water Quality

Many nutrients and minerals should be available in our water supply. Unfortunately, contamination of the water supply has warranted complicated filtration processes. This benefits human health in many ways but also causes the loss of good nutrients. Additionally, the use of tap water in North America has decreased and the consumption of bottled water has increased.

  • Tap water has significant amounts of calcium, magnesium, and sodium, that many bottled waters lack.
  •  On the flip side, tap water has been known to contain dangerous levels of bacteria, metals, pesticide, and fertilizer residue, not to mention fluoridation! So, what once was a fresh, healthy water supply, simply isn't anymore. 
  • Bottled water, while safer, lacks nutrients and usually comes in plastic bottles, exposing us to environmental toxins like Bisphenol A (BPA). Proper supplementation can help restore some of what has been filtered out and also counteract toxin exposure.


Ideally, a healthy, varied diet, full of fruits and vegetables, should satisfy all our nutrient needs. However, that is not the case. 

Therefore, a multivitamin, b-complex, and omega fatty acid complex would be helpful to bridge the gap.  In whole foods, these are present WITH the sugar and the body can control and regulate sugar metabolism.

 The modern human diet is far removed from what early humans subsisted on. Health problems discovered by diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates have made health professionals wonder if the focus on whole-grain caloric diets may be the completely wrong path for human health. One thing is for certain, if you have a diet high in refined sugars and carbohydrates, a supplement is definitely in order.

Environmental Toxins

Every day we are exposed to an almost unlimited amount of toxins. It doesn't matter where you live or what precautions you take, the world we live in is heavy with pollution and exposure to things that are not natural to human health, nor good for it. Of course, the first course of action is to limit yourself to as little exposure as possible, but it is next to impossible to completely shield yourself from environmental toxins. Drinking water, plastic bottles, harsh cleaning agents, air fresheners, grain-fed beef, GMOs, mold, and many other everyday pollutants can affect your health. Proper supplementation can counteract some of the harmful effects of this exposure. For instance, in a commentary published by Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers found that omega 3's might help undo some damage done by pollution.

The fluoridation of our water supply, or the alternative of plastic bottled water, can make the most important component our body needs for life, seem like a no-win situation. Bottled water might seem like a better option, but the plastic it is packaged in can leach out chemicals bad for our health.  Bisphenol A (BPA) is a very common chemical found in the plastic of water bottles. Some brands are starting to list their products as BPA-free. 

One study found that by ridding your diet of BPA for just three days you can rid yourself of the BPA in your system by 66%1. Again, simply limiting exposure can help, but supplementation can counteract some common toxins we face every day. 

Here is a list of easy supplementation techniques useful to help ward off some of the toxins many of us are exposed to.

  • Magnesium is a mineral many of us are lacking anyway (for more on magnesium click here), but did you know it also inhibits the absorption of fluoride into your cells?
  • Calcium has also been shown to help attract fluoride away from bones and teeth. A good Calcium/Magnesium product can help limit the damage done by fluoride exposure
  • Exposure to heavy metals such as mercury and lead increase the need for Vitamin C.
  • Nitrates and Nitrites in hot dogs and lunch meats can destroy vitamins A, C, and E.
  • Fluoride and Chlorine can also destroy Vitamin E.
  • Medications can also affect absorption and the need for certain nutrients. Something as simple as aspirin can hinder the metabolism of vitamins A, B complex, and C.
  • Fluoride and Chlorine can also destroy Vitamin E.
  • Medications can also affect absorption and the need for certain nutrients. Something as simple as aspirin can hinder the metabolism of vitamins A, B complex, and C.

Age-Related Absorption

As we age our metabolism changes, as do our nutrient needs. Often, this can be due to a disease state, such as cardiac problems, Alzheimer's, Cancer, or Osteoporosis. While in a disease state the nutrient requirements can be much higher, especially initially as the inflammation makes greater demands on the system.
Metabolism can also slow down as a result of less activity seen in older adults. Metabolism changes the number of calories needed, which results in a low-calorie or restrictive diet's reason for supplementation. An older adult with a low-calorie or restrictive diet will need to supplement to make up for this reduction in nutrients from the diet. 

Studies indicate that many older adults have absorption problems resulting from medication use for disease. Being unable to digest or absorb the proper nutrients from the diet leads to a need for additional supplementation. Older adults face these issues, as well as all the other reasons for supplementation we have cited here, making it especially important to ensure the appropriate levels of vitamins and minerals are being consumed. 

Click here for a handy chart to guide you in age-related vitamin and mineral adjustments. The National Academy of Sciences recommends how much of each vitamin and mineral men and women of different ages need. Sometimes, the Academy also tells us how much of a vitamin or mineral is too much.

A varied diet is always ideal for optimal health and wellness.  However, even the healthiest diet may not provide the essential nutrients necessary for optimal health.  Check out our store and shop for the highest quality vitamins and supplements at Cincinnati Health Institute!