Do you have a constant and irresistible urge to move your legs? Is your hair brittle or falling out? Do you get ulcers and bleeding gums in your mouth? No, these are not the most pleasant questions. However, they do all have something in common. They are all signs of vitamin deficiency.

Many Americans do not consume enough vitamins and minerals for optimal health. There are various reasons for this, but one of the most prevalent is that health food stores like Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe are perceived as expensive luxury brands. You shouldn’t need to be rich to be healthy. That’s why we’re going to let you know a few less expensive ways of getting the vitamins and minerals you need.

Eat Right

When you think of vitamins, do you think of pills and powders? Not surprisingly, that’s not the way nature intended things. Ideally, a person could get all the vitamins and minerals they need from a balanced diet. Unfortunately, we don’t live an ideal world and there’s a lot of misinformation about what a balanced diet actually consists of. For decades, the food pyramid was the gold standard of nutrition. When you find out that the food pyramid was actually created with the interests of the agricultural subsidies in mind (something similar happened in the 60s with sugar), not only does it damage your faith in humanity a little; but it also helps to explain spiking obesity rates.

The current belief is that a balanced diet is built around vegetables, healthy fats (like avocado), lean meat, and whole grains. The best way to optimize your diet is to know which foods provide which nutrition. This guide gives you a comprehensive list. There’s just one little problem… Some people just don’t want to radically change their diets.


If eating healthy was easy, everyone would do it. It’s a lifestyle choice that not everyone is willing to commit to. That doesn’t mean they can’t still acquire the nutrients needed for optimal health. However, if you’re buying vitamins individually, you’re going to rack up a huge bill. There’s A, B, C, D, E, and K all with variants. There are zinc and calcium and copper and potassium and magnesium; the list goes on and on.

Instead, try a multivitamin. It packs the essentials into one pill or powder so you can consolidate, costing you less money and time. Moreover, these multivitamins are often tailored to specific types of people. There are multivitamins for optimal women’s health, optimal men’s health, kids, the elderly, take your pick.

Talk to Your Doctor

Speaking of tailored vitamins, you probably don’t need full levels of everything. Talk to you doctor so you know exactly what’s going to have the best benefit for you. Don’t waste money on things that aren’t going to have much of an effect.

Buy a Tablet Splitter

Instead of buying a lot of low potency vitamins, you can buy a few high potency ones and split them up for additional use. It won’t work for everything, but every little bit helps.

Online Shopping

You have more options than you think. There are online retailers that offer some great deals that you’d never hear about otherwise. Of course, be scrutinizing. Make sure the company you buy from is legit, so you don’t get scammed.

Honestly, having a healthy diet is always going to be your best (and likely, cheapest) bet. Try to find ways to make it more palatable for yourself. Try vitamin-rich smoothies. At the end of the day, your health is more important than money.