Why are so many people vitamin deficient? There are many reasons, but here are three of the most common:
Our Lifestyles Are Too Busy
With both parents working in so many families or parents with multiple jobs, it is often hard for people to find the time to buy wholesome foods and prepare nourishing meals. Too often fast food on the way home from work or something that can be quickly microwaved is the choice over a healthy and nutritious meal.
Highly Processed Foods
Highly processed foods lose most of their nutrients during manufacturing. This happens both through the pasteurization process they use to kill off any bacteria present (which also destroys some vitamins), and by stripping many of the nutrients out during mass production (for example, using heat to break apart the fiber in whole grain breads). This leaves many of these foods devoid of most essential vitamins.
Poor Growing Conditions
Much of our fruit and vegetable supply comes from barren soil that simply cannot produce healthy, nutrient-rich food anymore. The widespread use of pesticides has depleted our soils and makes it difficult to grow anything naturally. Farmers have to replace all this lost ground with fertilizer made up of heavy doses of minerals meant specifically for plant growth, not sustaining human bodies.
Consult Your Holistic Nutrition Specialist
If you are unsure of which vitamins to supplement into your diet, consult your local holistic nutritionist. They will help you understand where your vitamin deficiencies are and which vitamins you could add to help give your body the support it needs.