America is one of the most overweight, yet undernourished countries in the world. We take in far too many calories, but not enough nutrients.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than one-third of Americans eat two or more fruits per day and a mere 27 percent eat vegetables three or more times a day. That is grossly insufficient to meet our vitamin and mineral needs.

Add into this equation that more and more research is showing that the USDA food pyramid and recommended daily allowances of various vitamins and minerals is woefully inadequate, and it’s no wonder we are getting sicker and fatter by the day.

Of course, many people don’t feel they need to take a multivitamin because they eat organically grown fruits and vegetables, watch sugar and salt intake, avoid trans-fats and hydrogenated oils, and choose free-range meats and poultry. And, in an ideal world, this type of diet would meet all of your nutritional needs.

Unfortunately, the harsh light of reality tells us that this is not so. Even whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, and grains, are often grown in nutrient-depleted soils, and don't have enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Given this, it is not only practical but critical that people use multivitamins to fill in the nutritional gaps left by a poor diet, high stress, malabsorption issues and other deficiency-related concerns.

In today’s day and age, a multivitamin is not merely a supplement…it’s a necessity. By choosing your multivitamin with care and aiming for optimal levels of key nutrients, you can begin to create a habit that will support you for the rest of your life!