Why Do We Need Vitamins?
Most of our articles are about things that are causing health problems. This article ‘Why Do we need Vitamins?’ is partly a way of fighting back or at least giving us some ammunition to use against the toxic world we live in.
Minerals, amino acids and good fats are just as important but we won’t have time in this post to discuss them. Vitamins are not a cure, we are not saying that, but they can certainly help to strengthen the natural defences we need to stay healthy.
Vitamins and minerals alone will not stop medical conditions, a healthy balanced diet with good sources of food, and low stress will also help our immune system.
In fact, the immune system is the key component to help us ward off modern illness, so strengthening or rebuilding is very important if we already have a compromised immune system.
The question we are asked a lot is what are vitamins and what do they do?
What Are Vitamins and What Do They Do?
There are 2 types or sources of vitamins; water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins. Water-soluble are basically use and loose, we don’t store these vitamins for very long. Vitamin C and Vitamin B’s are examples of water-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in our fatty tissues and used at a slower rate.
We can get our nutrients from either food or supplementation. Most food sources are depleted of natural nutrients because the soil is devoid of these essential vitamins. We deplete further by cooking; boiling, roasting, BBQ and especially microwaving food, destroys many of the essential nutrients.
Vitamin supplements are important, especially if we are deficient in certain nutrients because of health conditions for example. However not all supplements are created equal and like food, there are good and badly produced vitamin supplements.
If something is called essential that means it’s probably important. So an essential vitamin is important to our health. Conventional health or government advice says we can get this from a well-balanced modern diet, like the 5 a day mantra.
From our experience, food and supplements can have harmful chemicals in them, unnecessary fillers, binders, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and high sugar contents. So how do you pick through the rubbish?