Multivitamin or different foods?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 08, 2013 at 6:03 AM

I have been tracking my nutrients and have found that each day I end up deficient in almost all of them. I know I could take a multivitamin but I believe this is not the best, most holistic, natural approach. The vitamins are nit taken in in the same way they are absorbed from whole foods. I am wondering if there are any nutrient-dense foods that I could add to my diet to remedy this or is a multivitamin the best option?

At the moment I am eating mostly organic/grass-fed meat/fish, organic eggs, vegetables, avocado, coconut, and occasionally nuts and some fruit.

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on January 08, 2013
at 04:19 PM

How have you been tracking your foods? If you are using a digital database or other such tool and also entering in prepared foods -- i.e. anything with a label -- as opposed to going to the "root" items (e.g. not "HappyFunBrand Burger patty", but rather the generic "80/15 beef, ground, cooked") then you need to realize that the non-macronutrients are most often not entered for those items.

Your list of foods looks like a fantastic start to a fantastic diet. I would revisit and reanalyze why you believe you are deficient.



on January 08, 2013
at 06:21 AM

Can you tell us, specifically, what nutrients you have narrowed down to being deficient?

From the realm of plants people LOVE leafy greens. Kale, spinach, collard and so on. The greener the better as a darker leaf tends to indicate a more nutrient dense leaf. You can also go down the road of sea plants, such as seaweed which is rather mineral dense (but quality must be assured as heavy metal contaminants can be an issue).

From animals organ meat is a big hit for nutrients. Liver, specifically, is incredibly dense in almost everything (everything?) you'll need.

EDIT: I see that you say that you're deficient in "nearly all of them". However, looking at your list of current foods it can't be THAT bad unless your daily intake is very hypo-caloric and you're not getting the servings in necessary to begin covering your bases.



on January 08, 2013
at 08:32 AM

Remember that you will be absorbing more nutrients without wheat destroying your gut ;) Balanced Bites did a good comparison on getting a range of nutrition in one day's meals. That might give you some ideas on what to add: http://balancedbites.com/2011/10/faqs-paleo-diet-calcium.html

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