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Women's Nutrition and Fitness - Are You Hitting The Right Balance?

06/11/2014 12:09 GMT | Updated 06/07/2015 15:59 BST
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While many of us understand that a healthy lifestyle needs care and attention, it’s a lesser-known fact that our time in the gym and focus on diet all goes to waste if you’re not taking in the proper nutrition. A recent survey carried out by Centrum, the world’s number 1 multivitamin brand,* found that just over a third of the 5,000 men and women in the UK questioned (36%) understood what nutrients their body required to suit their age and lifestyle, with 31% saying that their daily meals didn’t give them all the nutrients they needed.

At a time when the recent survey showed that only 30% of adults met the recommended five-a-day of fruits and vegetables that we should all strive for, it is increasingly clear that women are potentially not reaching their daily intake of nutrients, and lacking an understanding of what their actual requirements are.

Centrum’s survey also found that women's nutritional priorities are different to men's, with 45% of women surveyed admitting their main health and wellbeing goal was to lose weight. At the same time, almost half (47%) of women surveyed skip meals, thereby increasing their chances of missing out on essential vitamins and minerals.

There are even more reasons why the majority of women are potentially not getting the recommended levels of nutrients their bodies need (just click through the slideshow below to find out more).

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Taking a daily multivitamin like Centrum Women may help you fill any nutritional gaps, as each pill contains 24 key nutrients. Centrum Women is also tailored to support a woman’s specific nutritional needs as it contains high levels of folic acid and iron, to contribute to normal blood formation.

So whether you’re looking to support your weight loss regime or worried about not eating balanced meals, consider adding a multivitamin to your daily routine.

Click through the slideshow below to discover five reasons women may not be getting all of the nutrients they need.

*based on worldwide sales of the Centrum range