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The big supplement debate. Some people swear you have to take them to be healthy and some people think they are just a part of the “health trend” and that they don’t help anything. Who’s right? Well that depends on who you are. The word vitamin has actually evolved into a broader term we use more frequently called “supplements”. Let’s start by defining supplements. What are they?
” A supplement is something added to complete a thing, supply a deficiency, or reinforce or extend a whole.” (reference: Dictionary.com) So supplements are meant to fill the void that can’t be filled by food. For example: Vitamin D comes from exposure to the sun. In the spring summer and part of fall that isn’t an issue…but late fall and winter can be tough and vitamin D levels can fall during this time. Supplementation can be considered after testing during this time. If you choose to use them it’s always wise to be educated before taking just any kind. This article can explain the benefit of taking K2 with vitamin D. The brand I use can be found here.
Another example of when supplementation might be used is if someone is low on omega 3 intake. Most people aren’t eating enough quality seafood which is a key source of Omega 3’s so supplementation may be warranted. You can read here why a balance of omega 3 and omega 6 is so important. I would recommend a source like Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil or Krill Oil by Radiant Life.
One more example which I think is very important is liver. I personally grew up eating it and hated it. Now as an adult? I can’t manage to get it down so I take a supplement instead. Liver is a super food and can also be purchased at Radiant Life.
“Key Nutritional Aspects of Beef Liver:
100% grass-fed, organic beef liver raised in the USA
An excellent source of high-quality protein
One of Nature’s most concentrated sources of vitamin A
All the B vitamins in abundance
A highly usable form of iron
Trace elements such as copper, zinc and chromium; liver is our best source of copper
CoQ10, a nutrient that is especially important for cardio-vascular function
A good source of purines, nitrogen-containing compounds that serve as precursors for DNA and RNA”
(reference Radiant Life)
So I could go on and on about what I would recommend to supplement with but everyone is different and the same rules don’t apply to everyone. The only foundational guidelines I follow for all of my clients is to follow a whole food diet as much as possible and fill in the gaps where you need to. Supplements are NOT meant to be a way of life. It’s one reason I am so against MLM’s is because they claim to fill every nutritional need. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read here for more about why you should not waste your time or money on programs that come with an offer to “Bring you on to our team to make thousands per month!”
There is a time and a place for supplementation. Be smart with your money, never add more than one new thing into your diet at a time and make sure your products are top quality. Quality products will be sourced from NON GMO sources whenever possible, should never contain gluten or soy and should always be very low in fillers. You can get quality supplements here and here.
Of course there are hundreds of supplement companies out there but where you get them will depend on what you need. One main supplement I recommend clients to look into is a good quality probiotic such as this one. Probiotics are important for way too many reasons but something everyone should have on hand and consider adding to their daily routine. You can learn more here.
So to recap: Always test levels of hormones like vitamin D before using an outside source of hormones, always go slow and low with supplementation and take the advice of a progressive trusted doctor, try to get most of your nutrients through food FIRST and always use quality products.
In good health,