To start this article out, for the sake of this article, I want to settle the never ending discussion – should you take vitamins or not.
Now, back in the day, when food was all clean and good, you really didn't need any vitamins or supplements. Now days, that are only the case if you grow your own food, eat your own animals, and cook them correctly. Otherwise it's very hard to get all the nutrients and minerals that you need, out of just pure food that you buy at a grocery store.
The reason for this is the fact that we are 7 billion on the planet, so we have to produce food in a very industrial way, for every one to have food to buy. The industrial way that we buy those foods, it makes them loose all the good nutrients. Studies show that organic groceries have six times more nutrients, vitamins and minerals than inorganic foods.
Now, this doesn't mean that you need to start buying bags full of vitamins and supplements. You just need to find out which nutrients it is, that you are missing out on. You can then get those vitamins by a supplement of some sort. To find out what it is, that you are missing; you need to do some tests in lab. Blood and urine tests are the usual ones – they will show what vitamins you are in a deficiency of.
Sometimes there are specific medical conditions, when you need to take way more than the average dose of a certain vitamin. In those cases, the only way you can do that is by using supplements. I won't get into why someone would need to do that, or what are those conditions, but let me just say – please do not self diagnose on that.
Obviously it’s generally good, and better than taking a supplement, to just have a very good, balanced diet. But really, even with that, you won’t have everything that you need. Also, a rule you can always use with most vitamins – it’s better to have more than less. This is especially true with vitamins like D3 and a selenium supplement.
A good diet is a base for a functioning body, same as few basic vitamins are a base for a healthy body. I guess the argument of vitamins or no vitamins can be settled by agreeing to both sides – eat well and take some basic vitamins. If you really want to get the maximum out of what nutrients have to offer – do regular vitamin blood/urine tests.
Take a look at the video, for top 10 healthy foods add those with some good vitamins and you should be good to go!