Let’s face it. It is challenging for active people to get all the nutrients they need on a daily basis from food. You can get all the carbs, proteins and fats you need from a healthy diet, so that’s not what we’re talking about. Most of us don’t have to worry about the macronutrients.
But are you getting enough micronutrients from food? Do you know if you’re getting enough vitamin D, A, C, E and K from your food? What about B vitamins? Or minerals like magnesium, which is so important for metabolism and muscle contraction, as well as potassium, calcium, iodine and iron. Even with meal prepping, you may need a little help from a good multivitamin.
Active people, athletes, lifters and anyone who works in an active profession needs more micronutrients than the average person. Rigorous and high intensity exercises demad a lot from your body. You need extra nutrients to repair muscles, to build muscles, to keep your metabolism steady and maxed out, to maintain fluid balance. When you sweat, a lot of the essential macronutrients are depleted. Low levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and sodium can make you dizzy and exhausted. It can cause cramps and low blood pressure. Your athletic performance is naturally going to suffer, if you don’t meet these higher demands. As you increase the volume or frequency of your exercise, you need to provide your body with the iron, copper and B vitamins needed for a stable metabolism. That’s where multivitamins come in.
Even if you prep your meals religiously, it’s not always possible to meet the body’s needs. There are limits to how much you can think about your meals. It’s easier to stick to a few ingredients like chicken and spinach, which is what many people do. In that case, there will be nutrients you’ll miss. Multivitamins will help you make up for this deficit. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can live on multivitamins alone! A healthy meal with fresh fruit and veggies is the foundation of any active lifestyle.
If you’re trying to lose weight through diets, you’re not just reducing how much you eat but how much nutrients you eat. In that case, you need to double how much nutrient you take, and multivitamins can help you.
When you’re on a diet, you may avoid dairy products. To get your necessary nutrition, you’ll have to supplement with calcium, protein, vitamins A and D, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin B12, niacin and riboflavin. Similarly, depending on what food you’re skipping, you’ll need to make up for it with multivitamin. There are many kinds of multivitamins, and you’ll need to find one that works for you.
Of course the best thing about multivitamins is there’s no cooking involved! Carry your bottle with you, and pop it in whenever you need to. You don’t have to pack a separate lunch box or worry about missing a dose.
Are you getting all the nutrients you need for your active lifestyle?
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