This one may be somewhat controversial. Supplements seem to be the craze in the health movement. Oh, you need to take your B12. Make sure you get enough zinc. What? Your not supplementing vitamin D? And What about Calcium for bone health? You can get that through your pasteurized dairy products. Right?
Now don’t get me wrong, I believe supplements have their place but I just want to clarify a few things here. Let’s look at the word “Supplement.” According to thefreedictionary.com “Something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency, or extend or strengthen the whole.” This suggests an addition, not a replacement. How many people are taking vitamins and supplements to try to make up for their bad diets? Secondly, there is this misconception that supplements are “healthy” right? A lot of supplements are created in man-made factories and use isolated synthetic versions of vitamins and minerals. They don’t know what they actually do in human bodies. Is supplying your body with 5000% of what it needs daily really a good thing? Please do not buy your stuff from places like CVS or Walmart. Do we really think a 10$ bottle of synthetic vitamins will help us? Cost is #3. I can tell you from experience that most supplements or “herbal formulas” are really just fancy blends of regular foods. These are formulated and then sold at massively increased prices. I would say the real thing works a lot better. So what can we learn from all of this?
I am not saying that supplements do not have their place. I take a few myself. What I am saying is that they should not be your primary source of nutrition and you need to be very careful that what you are buying is good quality. This stuff is not regulated. So how do you do this?
Eat a “high nutrition” diet. Lots of fruits and vegetables. Some nuts. Some meats and eggs. Think of things that go bad when sitting out.
Eat “superfoods.” This is another post all in itself but i consider superfoods to contain massive amounts of nutrition. Often these are missing in people’s diets. These could include organ meats, garlic, herbs, good fish oil, etc.
Always favor foods and real herbs over supplements. If you are using an herbal formula,” you can usually make it yourself for a tenth of the cost.
So what do i recommend supplementing? People are severely deficient in tons of different things these days. The basics should be taken care of before anybody goes off the deep end in supplement land.
Vitamin D is critical. Get sun exposure. This is the true way of getting this important vitamin into your body. If not getting enough, you may use a good quality fish oil or eat lightly cooked salmon or sardines.
Vitamin C is important. I use a blend called “Living C.” This is non-synthetic vitamin C made from living foods such as lemons, cherries, and rosehips.
Magnesium and calcium. Careful with supplementing these as it is easy to screw up your ratios. Some good sources of these are leafy green vegetables. Spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens, etc. Nuts are a pretty good place to find magnesium. Especially pumpkin and sunflower seeds. RAW dairy products would also be a good source of calcium
B Vitamins. These are your stress vitamins. Almost everybody is deficient in these today. B12 deficiencies are everywhere and heavily tied to Alzheimer’s. Stress and exercise deplete them. So what can we do? The easiest way is to eat lightly cooked grass-fed beef liver. This contains massive amounts of these essential vitamins. If you absolutely can’t eat it, then a natural supplement will suffice.
These are the basics guys. So don’t take the shortcuts. Save yourself some money. Go for the real food first. If you have a specific health issue then you might need extra supervision but for most cases, we just need to eat what we were designed to eat. Any questions, let me know.