The food we eat contain nutrients that are essential for life. Many nutrients that are essential are hard to come by if you don't eat a varied diet.
Some vitamins, for instance Vitamin D (which actually is more of a hormone), we can produce ourselves in our body (with the help of the sun).
But there are many essential vitamins and minerals that we can't produce but still need every day in order to stay healthy.
Recommended Daily Allowance/Intake (RDA/RDI)
Some nutrients have what is called a recommended daily allowance or intake.
These are meant to act as a guidance for the general population of a region/country. Many countries/regions have their own and even worse they can differ by quite a lot.
These recommendations are designed to for the general population that are healthy and their goal is to raise the health of the entire population.
As with many recommendations that are aimed towards large populations there are exceptions on an individual basis. Therefor we recommend you consult your health professional if in doubt.
Upper Tolerable Intake Levels (UL)
Upper tolerable intake levels is exactly what it sounds like. It's the maximum amount of a specific nutrient that the research and experts are confident in saying a healthy individual can consume daily without potential side-effects.
We strongly recommend against even going near these levels without consulting with your health professional.
Be extra careful if you're supplementing your nutrient intake with a supplement and even more careful if you're using more than one supplement. These can quickly compound with your diet and have serious consequences to your health in the long run.
Read All Our Articles About Nutrients
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