If You See Yourself in this List you NEED Supplements
1. Poor digestion - Even when your food intake is good, inefficient digestion can limit your body's intake of vitamins.
2. Hot Coffee, Tea, and Spices - Habitual drinking of liquids that are too hot, or consuming an excess of irritants such as coffee, tea, or spices can cause inflammation of the digestive linings, resulting in a drop in secretion of digestive fluids and poorer extraction of vitamins and minerals from food.
3. Alcohol - Alcohol affects availability, absorption and metabolism of nutrients.
4. Smoking - Smoking too much tobacco increases the metabolic requirements of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for the immune system to function properly.
5. Laxatives - Overuse of laxatives can result in poor absorption of vitamins and minerals from food by hastening the intestinal transit time.
6. Vegetarian diets - Vegetarian diets that exclude meat and other animal sources must be very skilfully planned to avoid B12 deficiency, which may lead to anemia.
7. Overcooking - Lengthy cooking or reheating of meat and vegetables can oxidize and destroy heat susceptible vitamins such as the B-group, C, and E.
8. Convenience Foods - A diet overly dependent on highly refined carbohydrates, such as sugar, white flour and white rice, places greater demand on additional sources of B-group vitamins to process these carbohydrates.
9. Antibiotics - Some antibiotics, although valuable in fighting infection , also kill off friendly bacteria in the stomach, which would normally be producing B-group vitamins to be absorbed through the intestinal walls.
10.Food allergies - The omission of whole food groups from the diet, as in the case of individuals allergic to gluten or lactose, can mean the loss of significant dietary sources of nutrients, such as thiamine, riboflavin or calcium.
11.Crop nutrient losses - Some agricultural soils are deficient in trace elements. Decades of intensive agriculture can overwork and deplete soils, unless all the soil nutrients, including trace elements, are regularly replaced.
12.Accident & illness - Surgery increases the body's need for zinc, vitamin E and other nutrients involved in the cellular repair mechanism.
13.Stress - Chemical, physical and emotional stresses can increase the body's requirements for vitamins B2, B5, B6, and C. Air pollution increases the requirements for vitamin E.
14.Premenstrual Syndrome - Research has demonstrated that up to 60% of women suffering from PMS can benefit from supplementation with B6.
15.Teenagers - Rapid growth spurts, such as in the teen years, place high demands on nutritional resources to underwrite the accelerated physical, biochemical, and emotional development in the age group.
16.Pregnant Women - Pregnancy creates higher that average demands for nutrients, to ensure healthy growth of the baby and comfortable confinement for the mother. Nutrients, which typically require an increase during pregnancy, are the B-group, A, D, E and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and phosphates.
17.Oral contraceptives - Oral contraceptives can decrease absorption of folic acid and increase the need for vitamin B6 and possibly vitamin C, zinc, and riboflavin.
18.Light eaters - Some people eat very sparingly, even without weight reduction goals. U.S. dietary surveys have shown that an average woman maintains her weight on 7,560 kilojoules per day, at which level her diet is likely to be low in thiamine, calcium, and iron.
19.The elderly - The aged have been shown to have a low intake of vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, calcium and zinc.
20.Lack of Sunlight - Invalids, shift workers and people whose exposure to sunlight may be minimal can suffer from insufficient amounts of vitamin D, which is required for calcium metabolism without which rickets and osteoporosis (bone thinning) has been observed.
21.Low body reserves - Although the body is able to store reserves of certain vitamins - such as A and E - Canadian autopsy data has shown that up to 30% of the population have reserves of vitamins A so low as to be judged "at risk". Vitamin A is important to healthy skin and mucous membranes and eyesight.
22.Athletes - Athletes consume large amounts of food and experience considerable stress. These factors affect their needs for B-group vitamins, vitamin C and iron in particular.