3 Reasons You Might Need to Take a Vitamin Supplement

We break down why you might need to add a boost to your nutrition.

3 Reasons You Might Need to Take a Vitamin Supplement

Most people get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients by eating a healthy diet that contains a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. However, because of either lifestyle or health issues, some people might struggle to get their daily dose of some essential vitamins or minerals. Figure out if you might be one of them and what you can do to make sure you’re getting the right amount.

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Unhealthy Diet

While you might see vitamins and minerals on the label of many junk foods or soft drinks, these foods unfortunately also carry a host of ingredients that can significantly damage your health. Most vitamins and minerals work best when you eat them as whole, healthy foods, which is part of the reason why fruits, vegetables and whole grains are so good for you.

If you’re vitamin deficient, it could be because you’re not eating the wide variety of foods packed with essential vitamins and nutrients like vitamin K (bananas), iron (spinach), or vitamin A (carrots). Try to consume a healthy diet full of a variety of nutritious vegetables, fruits and whole grains to get all of these essentials. If you make changes to your diet and testing still finds you to be vitamin deficient, talk to your doctor about whether taking a supplement may help.

Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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