Taking a multivitamin every day is like earning interest in your checking account, only the balance isn't paid in money, it's paid in health, well being and even physical fitness. And considering how dirt cheap a bottle of vitamins cost, adding one to your daily diet could be the best financial and nutritional decision you could ever make.

I Eat Healthy, Why Do I Need A Multivitamin?

No matter how healthy your regular diet is, there's an overwhelming chance that you're not getting every single vitamin and nutrient your body needs, at least not on a consistent basis. I can't guarantee it of course, but I'd be willing to bet that there's at least something your body doesn't get enough of, even if it's just once every once in a while.

So think of a good vitamin as a safety blanket for your dietary needs. If you're truly getting everything you need through your regular food, then you don't have anything to worry about. But for those times when you simply can't jam everything into your diet, swallowing or chewing a vitamin will make up for any short comings, regardless of how small they might seem.

I Eat Garbage And Fast Food, Do I Need A Multivitamin?

Yes. And while I'm at it: Stop eating garbage. That's gross.

Even if your diet isn't this extreme, I think you'd be surprised at what nutrients you're missing out on every day. And once you begin adding those days up, you're looking at a full-on vitamin famine - which can lead to all sorts of health maladies, illnesses, bad attitudes and more.

And don't forget that scientists are discovering links every day between diet and physical, mental and even emotional health. So if you're feeling particularly lousy, evaluate your dietary intake.

What Is The Best Multivitamin?

I might take a little heat for this one, but I'm a huge fan of chewable vitamins. Why? Because I think they stand a much better chance of getting properly absorbed by your digestive tract.

Not all nutrition companies are created equal, and even if they pass all requirements set out by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - or whatever administration keeps track of such things in your country - their products might not fully dissolve in your system.

What happens is the manufacturers compact the pills so tightly that your body can't break them down during their journey along your stomach and intestines, which means they'll end up in you bowels (not the ideal organ for this kind of thing) and ultimately out the back end.

So while you think you're filling your body with vitamins and minerals, the reality is that you're only absorbing a small percentage of what's included in the pill. The rest goes down the toilet. Literally.

That's why I like chewable vitamins. By grinding them in your teeth for as long as possible before swallowing, you're giving your stomach and intestines a head start on taking full advantage of their ingredients.