Are supplements cheating? Are they a way to be lazy and make sure you still cover all your bases? Modern food, including fruit and vegetables isn’t the same as it was decades ago. So what can you do?
This is Part 1 of the supplement articles, the ‘why’ of the supplement series, watch out for part 2 next week for the ‘what’! Part 3 in this series will cover ‘how’ different supplements are better for different goals.
The Fresh Food Industry
As the demand for more fresh and healthy food is on the rise, farmers need to do everything they can to keep up with demand. As a default, this means developing new practices to make sure they can produce as much food as possible to keep up the supply chain. Unfortunately, when all you can see are the £ signs, you begin to take shortcuts to maximise profits.
As a result, the increased use of pesticides, early and artificial ripening and methods of increasing shelf life has all meant that the quality of food we get has decreased by massive amounts. The vitamins and minerals you think you’re getting from your fresh veggies barely exist anymore. Instead, you’re paying for a high priced colourful fibre supplement.
Supermarkets are first and foremost money making machines. If they can think of ways to maximise profits and minimise loss, they will. This is why fruits and veggies are picked all year round and stored. So they can be ripened when the supermarkets need to fill their shelves and not when they’re actually in season. The more time taken from farm to mouth, the less vitamins and minerals there are in the food.
What You Can Do To Step Up Your Nutrition
There are many things you can do to step up your nutrition, some practical and some not so much. The easiest would be to make sure you get all of your fruit and vegetables direct from the farm. Cutting out the the middle man, or the supermarket in this case.
There are many services which allow you to order your fresh produce direct from farms. In most cases you’ll be getting food that was picked and harvested just a few days later delivered directly to your door. However, with the stressful nature of modern day lives and not knowing what’s happening from one day to the next, most people think that supermarkets are still most convenient.
Supplements however, are your way to bridge the gap. After all, even if you get masses of fresh produce delivered to your door on a weekly basis, you still have to use it. While the fresh produce will always be my first recommendation, I know from experience that it doesn’t work for everyone.
Having good quality supplements act as an insurance policy to protect for the times you can’t have perfect nutrition. Multivitamins, fish oil and D3 are all great additions to your arsenal, but knowing exactly what you need and how much can be a confusing. Next weeks article will be looking at supplements in more detail. With recommendations on what you need and why.
Tune in next week to get the full run down when it comes to supplements for health. Make sure you come back the following week to hear all about the supplementation for increased performance and achieving aesthetic goals.