Vitamins and minerals are crucial for the proper functioning of our body. That is why we often reach out to supplements to complement our diet. It sounds quick and easy to get a few pills with the peace of mind that you have taken care of your nutritional needs. In reality, however, things do not work that straight forward:
It is quite understandable, that we want to simplify things in order to make our lives easier. Nature, however, is complex and there is interdependency amongst different elements. That is why, it is much better to have the whole fruits or vegetable, rather than an isolated element out of it. Different vitamins, minerals and trace elements in the plants work in synergy, boosting the effectiveness of the main beneficial component.
Furthermore, we should develop a more holistic approach towards nutrition and remember we cannot target that specifically an organ with a particular food – for example almonds to keep your blood sugar level low, carrots for good eyes, spinach for strong bone, fruits for good skin etc. Rather, we should remember that what is good for one part is good for the whole body. Health and beauty are integral concepts that cannot and should not be restricted to a part of the human being.
And there is no better time to fill up with nutrients that now in the summer. Have as many as you can in smoothies, salads and colourful breakfast bowls! Always add some good fats, so that all vitamins, including the fat-soluble ones can be absorbed. Even a few drops of cold-pressed olive oil would do the job.
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