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Everyone knows that proper nutrition and exercise are important to a long and healthy life.

But in today’s fast-paced world, “eating on the go” seems to be the norm and taking the time for a proper meal is the exception. So, is taking extra vitamins and supplements when you don’t have the time to eat properly, a good way to ensure that your body gets the correct daily nutrients?

The answer is not so clear and easy.

Taking a daily multi-vitamin designed for your age group is a great idea; think of it as a daily “insurance policy” for your body. If you are a little low in some vitamins or nutrients, the vitamin should help. But remember to not take it on an empty stomach. Vitamins A, D, E, and K require some fats or other substances in our diets to be properly absorbed.

Others such as vitamin C are not stored in our bodies and need to be ingested daily for good health. It is always best to get the vitamins in their natural forms (fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes) instead of drinking large quantities of juices which contain higher amounts of sugar and less of the soluble fibers and bulk that help with digestion.

Before taking these extra vitamins and supplements, however, make a log of all the foods and drinks that you consume over a month’s time. Then, talk with your doctor and or a nutritionist about your diet choices and together you can make the right choice for you.