I think my diet is pretty good so, why do I need to change my diet and/or take supplements?
Diet is one of the keys to chronic health conditions. This may be from consumption of foods/beverages that lead to inflammation or deficiencies caused by said unwanted foods blocking the absorption of needed nutrients. The American Diet often includes too much in the way of heavily-processed, empty-calorie (high in calories, but devoid of nutrients) foods that lead to over-eating, obesity, functional issues and more.
When the cells/organs/body doesn’t get what it wants/needs to work properly, it doesn’t. It is this easy…and approximately 25 years running Patients on nutrition programs and reading countless books and research papers has proven this to me, time and time again.
I also prove it with myself, over and over, as, like you, I “fall off the wagon,” now and then, and the only way I get myself back on track is by getting my diet in line and taking supplements that support where I am weak with my dietary choices.
We don’t (and oftentimes, CAN’T) eat like we used to. We used to eat the whole animal, consume blood, organs/glands, connective tissue, vegetables from healthy soil with soil-based organisms, eat fermented foods (containing healthy bacteria that our body’s need to fight off disease and unwanted materials) and foods that contain necessary enzymes that help breakdown/digest our foods as well as assist our body’s in the chemical reactions necessary to use these nutrients.
Think about key components of Vitamin B that are necessary to a normal-functioning heart and nervous system. We think it’s ok to get it from fortified bread and cereals (it is not) instead of from defatted wheat germ, Liver, nutritional yeast, fish/seafood, cooked beans, mushrooms, healthy grains and dairy (many people do not tolerate grains and dairy causing much of the problem here).
A stroll through the grocery store with me and most, if not all of you would lead to an understanding as to why those who take whole-food supplements versus an almost complete overhaul of their diet is easier and more effective. For those willing to make wholesale changes to the diet, I have seen them do exceptionally well, if not better, but admittedly, it is work that most people are not willing to do.
Are Supplements Safe and Effective?
Part of the confusion around supplements is that there are people who make billions of dollars who are threatened by supplements and thus post/publish misinformation. Coupled with the fact that there are unscrupulous supplement companies out there and consumers are faced with a dilemma.
To bypass said dilemma, work with Health Practitioners who only align with reputable companies who pass the highest quality standards. When this route is taken the consumer may be rest assured that their supplements are not only safe, but if recommended and dosed properly will have a high percentage of leading to positive results.