Health Hack: How to sneak more fruits & veggies into your daily diet…

How many servings of fruits and veggies did you eat today? If you said 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables you'd be close to your daily requirement! If not, you aren't alone! Sadly, 14% of adults rarely hit the number of daily servings of fruits and veggies selected and it's less than 10% of teens. 

When your mother suggested eating your veggies as a kiddo she was looking out for your well-being and if you fought her on eating green beans she only had your best interest at hand.

Next time you take your daily vitamins remember to say "Thanks, mom, I should have listened to you!" 

In all seriousness, consuming the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables is important, but it isn't enough and adding a daily vitamin to your morning and evening routine is something you might want to consider and here's why: 

1 - The fruits and vegetables that we are consuming today aren't as nutrient dense as they once were due to soil depletion. Within the last century, our soil has depleted at a growing rate of 85% and continues to increase

2 - As you walk the produce section of your grocery store you may notice how beautiful the produce looks, but having access to endless produce comes at a cost. Between the time a piece of produce is picked and the time it reaches your home many of the nutrients are lost

3 - During the cooking process more nutrients are stripped from our foods from high heat leaving us with fewer nutrients than we realize.   

If you aren't convinced you need to take vitamins allow me to share a few additional benefits: 

Vitamins and minerals often have multiple benefits to our bodies and some even play a crucial role in regulating your heart while other helps to boost your immune system. When you take your daily vitamins the body takes what it needs first and then any "left overs" are used to replenish, rejuvenate, and repair the body. 

It's important to remember that adding daily vitamins to your body is not a free pass to eat high fat, greasy foods just as a diet of whole minimally processed foods provide the same free pass. A daily vitamin helps bridge the gap and eliminates the need of determining out how much of each vitamin and mineral you need daily.