Diet Supplements - What is Right For Me?
There are so many diet supplements out there: How do you know what you need?
What’s the best diet supplement for me?
How do you know if this multivitamin is good for you?
How do you know if your body is absorbing it?
What about weight loss supplements? Anti-aging supplements?
Many people are so confused they either take nothing or they take WAY too many pills.
Stop the madness.
Why do we even need vitamin and mineral supplements? Because we’re not eating enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
First and foremost, get your vitamins and minerals from whole foods whenever possible!
Remember, an orange has thousands of phytonutrients including Vitamin C, A, beta-carotene, calcium and fiber that work optimally in your body; a Vitamin C pill only has Vitamin C.
You need to eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies to get the most benefit.
How many servings per day?
Yes, it used to be 5.
Hold on to your seat.
Now, it’s 7-13 servings EVERY day!
Are you getting your average of 10 servings of fruits and veggies every day?
Most likely not.
But don’t despair. You may be getting a little more than you think.
A serving is ½ cup or a piece of fruit the size of your fist. So, a big salad can be 3-4 servings.
Still, most everyone is not getting 10 servings every day.
On top of that, you’re likely not getting a wide variety of fruits and veggies that gives you the expanse of nutrients you need. Yes, broccoli is good, but you’re missing out if that’s the only veggie you eat.
You’ll also get more nutrients from organic produce and from vine-ripened produce. Most people don’t buy organic and if you got it at the grocery store, you can bet it’s been awhile since it was picked (so to be ripe now, it was green when picked).
The nutrients come from the soil (or water, if hydroponics or aeroponics), through the roots and finally to the fruit or vegetable. You know it is bursting with nutrients when it smells and tastes great.
If you’ve tried a store-bought tomato and one from a garden, you know which one is the nutrient powerhouse!
In fact, due to depleted nutrients in our soil and conventional farming, some studies say we’re getting over 50% less nutrients in our food today compared to when we were kids.
Our cooking method can also deplete nutrients:
- Soups and quick sautéing are good
- Steaming lightly is good
- Boiling and over cooking are not so good
Also, a lot of folks are juicing these days. But you lose the fiber and some nutrients, so blending a smoothie is better.
And finally, poor digestion means less absorption of nutrients, no matter what form (food or supplement), so get your digestive system back on track first.
So, what’s a nutrient-depleted person to do?
The first thought you may have is to take a multivitamin-mineral supplement. And while I don’t believe it will kill you (as some studies are saying), it appears that it doesn’t really help you either.
For one thing, it may not be very bio-available to your body, so you’re not absorbing it (and it’s a waste of money). It may also be too much or not enough of what your body needs.
And a key point is that it’s a few isolated nutrients versus the tens of thousands of phytonutrients in food.
Please read this great
article by Dr. Katz, Yale Prevention Research Center
for more information.
So, if we can’t get 10 servings of a wide variety of vine ripened fruits and vegetables every day and taking a multivitamin doesn’t make sense, what does?
You’ve heard of natural vitamin supplements and whole food vitamins - and you’re on the right track!
I truly believe in a whole-food based supplement – not a vitamin but fruits, vegetables and whole grains in a capsule. By compressing whole foods into a capsule, you get all the thousands of phytonutrients nature intended to work together.
You don’t need separate supplements like acai berry or Vitamin C as antioxidants and other nutrients are naturally included. Please call or email me to learn more about my recommendation.
Also, check out my
Best Diet Supplement Tips!
We are all unique! Talk to your trusted nutritional advisor if you need help making the right supplement choices for you. Also check with your doctor if you are taking medications.
And remember that these are called “supplements” for a reason! Even the best diet supplements are not to be at the expense of good whole foods.
Start with a healthy diet and take a whole foods supplement to fill in the gaps.
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