The question of whether or not we really need to take dietary supplements is definitely a legitimate one, especially when one considers just how many different supplements the pharmaceuticals and sports science industries collectively try to shove down our throats. I mean between the spinal-cord degeneration-prevention, daily calcium tablets (I swear they exist) and the “booster” add-ons we should supposedly take to enhance the absorption of the multivitamins a lot of us already take, a daily ritual of ingesting all manner of supplements should rightfully have you questioning whether or not it’s all necessary. All that said however, based on the way in which modern-day living is structured, there are undoubtedly markedly increased demands on our bodies for which the traditional average of three meals a day simply won’t do anymore.
So yes you probably do need to take dietary supplements, but only to the extent that the dietary supplements you take actually fill a nutritional void created by the effects of modern day living.
Looking back at my own childhood days (and even into my teenage years), having a full breakfast in the morning, supplemented by nothing more than lunch and dinner throughout the day, was more than enough to fuel my energy requirements with no problems at all. Well there was some snacking in between the meals as well. Now that afternoon nap which was in effect forced on all small children growing up is something I find myself longing for if I somehow skipped taking my vitamins in the morning or if I can’t get anywhere near some decent coffee to give me a good energy boost. I guess this is a clear sign of the energy needs of a modern day active woman not being adequately catered to exclusively through regular dietary patterns, so this is definitely a solid case for the need for dietary supplementation.
Physically we demand more of our bodies than what would be the case a mere ten years ago, because if you’re not in some way interested in staying fit and getting into shape, then the call of the outdoors will probably make for some increased physical demand on your body. If you’re in any way competitively involved in sports or other forms of outdoor activities, some supplementation to aid in muscle recovery is definitely required. Protein shakes made of protein-based supplements aren’t exclusively for bodybuilders and if a protein shake supplement isn’t used to fuel your outdoor activities and aid your muscle recovery process, then it can work just as well as a very nutritious, fast-absorbing meal replacement.
At times it’s simply a matter of not having enough time to sit down for a meal that balances out your nutritional needs, in the grander scheme of things, let alone prepare a wholesome meal using ingredients you’d no doubt take some more time sourcing.
So basically there’s a definite need for dietary supplementation in this day and age, however the cocktail of supplements you take (if the need stretches that far) need to fill a specific set of nutritional needs you’d otherwise struggle to keep up with, through your normal diet.