“Should I take a multivitamin?” is something I get asked on a daily basis. My answer consistently remains, “before we go popping synthetic pills, let’s take a step back and get back to nature”.
The mind-blowing fact about food is that, when eaten in their whole form, they contain so many nutrients that you couldn’t even imagine or have even heard of, but miraculously and synergistically work together for several pathways in the body for you to function on a day-to-day basis.
Nutrients from food in their whole form also have higher bio-availablility than synthetic multivitamins. This means when our body recognises them from whole-food, we absorb them better.
Here is an example of what I would recommend in a smoothie to make it into a multivitamin – and no you don’t need to go out buy expensive advertised “superfoods”, you can eat everyday foods that you probably already have in your pantry:
1/2 cup Oats: Fibre, B-vitamins, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, manganese (bet you’ve never heard of that one) and selenium.
1 cup Spinach (I promise you won’t even taste it): Iron, copper, B-vitamins, Vitamin C, fat-soluble vitamins including vitamin A, E and K, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, fibre and protein.
1 Kiwi (yes with the skin, don’t worry you won’t taste it): B-vitamins, vitamin C (5 times more than oranges), vitamin A, E and K, copper and fibre.
1 handful Blueberries: Fibre, Vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, lutein and zeaxanthin (try saying that out loud 3 times).
1 cup coconut water (aka nature’s hydralyte): packed with the electrolytes magnesium, potassium, sodium and phosphorus, along with vitamin C, calcium, selenium and fibre.
Add these everyday nutrient-dense foods into a blender & blend away for your morning multivitamin.