Western civilization is somewhat obsessed with health issues. If you spend any time at all watching TV, either for entertainment or information, you will be forced to hear or see numeral commercials dealing with some type of health situation. It is unfortunate that the maladies and diseases addressed are prevalent in our society and the need for treatment is in order. But many of these can be handled by having a good and balanced diet which brings with it the balance of vitamins and minerals necessary for a health life style.
It may help to understand why we need vitamins and minerals. That is what I would like to share in this article.
From the beginning
Let me state up front that I approach this from a Biblical standpoint. The reason for that approach is that it is the only one that can fit with the scientific proofs which science and medicine have brought to our understanding. Any other approach is based on what I call fairy tales and just-so stories and have no real scientific backing.
In Genesis chapter 2 we read that God created man by forming him from the dust of the earth. So we can see that man was made from and for the habitation of the earth, just as the earth was made for man.
Earth and man same minerals
So, it is no surprise that the vitamins and minerals which enable human beings to be alive biologically can be found in the very substances which make up the planet that they live on. Though the Bible is not written as a scientific text book, the things in it which relate to science have proved to be correct time and time again.
The presence of these substances bear witness to the fact of man being a created being rather than an evolved being. As a side thought, if those who are looking for life on other stellar objects are truly scientific, they must know that the “life” that they look for on those “planets” must contain or incorporate the elements which are contained in the “planet”. Otherwise, where would they obtain the necessary elements of their life.
Vitamins and minerals
Vitamins and minerals are the substances in our body which aid in the process of life, biologically speaking. Those who have studied how vitamins and minerals work in our body are constantly amazed at the work that they are involved in. There are many minerals which are what is called “trace” minerals, which the amount is so minute that one wonders if it is really needed. Yet, if that “trace” element is not in the precise balance in the body, the body will die. That goes for if it has too much or too little. The range may be in the area of .001 %. Yet, somehow the body maintains that balance, not taking too much nor too little.
In regard to vitamins, the human body uses two types, water soluable and fat soluable. Water soluable vitamins can not be stored in the body, so they must be constantly re-supplied by eating foods that contain them of taking a vitamin supplement. The fat soluable vitamins can be stored by the body and used as needed. These, also, can be gotten through food in a balanced diet or through taking a vitamin supplement.
Vitamins you need
1. VITAMIN A
GOOD FOR: Healthy eyes and general growth and development, including healthy teeth and skin.
2. B VITAMINS
GOOD FOR: Energy production, immune function and iron absorption.
3. VITAMIN C
GOOD FOR: Strengthening blood vessels and giving skin its elasticity, anti-oxidant function and iron absorption.
4. VITAMIN D
GOOD FOR: Strong healthy bones.
5. VITAMIN E
GOOD FOR: Blood circulation, and protection from free radicals.
6. VITAMIN K
GOOD FOR: Blood coagulation – that is, the process by which your blood clots.
7. FOLIC ACID
GOOD FOR: Cell renewal and preventing birth defects in pregnancy.
GOOD FOR: Healthy teeth and bones.
GOOD FOR: Building muscles naturally and maintaining healthy blood.
GOOD FOR: Immunity, growth and fertility.
GOOD FOR: Glucose function – making sure every cell in your body gets energy as and when needed.
This is a list of the most essential vitamins. We have not included any of the trace minerals but they are necessary, too.
How to know
How do you know if you are getting enough vitamins and how will you know which you are not getting enough. Generally speaking, not medically, if you have plenty of energy and appetite and are not grossly overweight or underweight, things are probably balanced as far as your vitamin and mineral balance. But the only way to know for sure is to have a general check up with your personal physician. You should do this at least once a year just as good practice. Normal laboratory blood tests will tell your physician if things are in balance or out of balance and which vitamins or minerals need to be addressed. If there is need of directed treatment, follow your physicians direction.
Everything is fine
If everything checks out fine, then it would wise to incorporate a good multivitamin in your regular diet. Depending on the type of work you do you may wish to use a little more potent application. If your work is strenuous and you burn a lot of calories you may wish to take a high potency vitamin supplement to help in metabolizing that food for the energy needed.
As you age you may wish to take advantage of multi-vitamin supplements which target vitamins needed in strengthening bones. Almost all makers of vitamin supplements have a multi-vitamin produced for that purpose.
Women may wish to take a multi-vitamin made for women and especially vitamins for women who are of child bearing age and who are pregnant. There is a difference in the needs of men and women in vitamin needs.
As for women, also for men. All vitamin manufacturers make multi-vitamins for men as they do for women. It is even differentiated as to age as well.
Because we all are made from the same elements which are contained in the earth, we will from time to time need to be re-supplied with these elements. This typically should be done through the diet that we eat. We all know that in today’s busy life style we fall short of what we should take in. So, it would be wise for everyone who wishes to maintain a healthy and vigorous life style to take a multivitamin at least once a day. Your body has a wonderful way or ridding itself of over supply of most vitamins, so in taking a normal multivitamin there will be no possibility of getting too much of any vitamin or mineral.