Giving our bodies the right nutrients on a regular basis can completely transform our health and our lives.
You are NOT what you eat.
You actually are what you eat on a regular basis. So we become the cumulative effects of our diets over days, weeks, months, and years.
You should strive to get your nutrition from food, but far too often food fails to meet the high standards our bodies have for meeting our daily needs. This happens for two reasons.
Reason #1: We make poor choices.
Most of us find it difficult to eat really well all of the time. We may dip in and out of healthy eating and do really well for about a week, month, or sometimes several years. But end up slipping back into old patterns of drinking coffee every morning, grabbing fast food for lunch, and forgoing a healthy dinner to consume junk food, sugar, and sweets. Ultimately, we want to work on making better choices, but our health shouldn’t suffer based on how strong our willpower is at any given moment. That’s too much of a gamble.
Reason #2: All Food is not Created Equal
An apple is not a universal food. This means an apple produced by one tree on one farm may not be equal to an apple produced just down the road and certainly not around the world. Food is only as good as the ways in which it is grown, cared for, and stored. Although technology and globalization has brought us many positive things, food production is one of the negative drawbacks. It might seem cool to be able to eat strawberries all year around, but by time they are doused with 59 different pesticides and journey cross-county, their volatile antioxidants are not even worth the toxicity of ingesting the fruit.
As you can see, you should strive to eat the right foods, but even with our best efforts, our bodies may still be starving for the nutrients we need.
3 Steps to Choosing the Right Supplement
So how do you choose the right supplement? Are all vitamins created equally?
All vitamins are far from equal. Here’s how to tell if you are choosing a good vitamin that will help you move forward on your healing journey or set you back.
1. Make sure it’s made from real food.
We love to think we have it all figured out, but the truth is we don’t. Science is fantastic and has figured out that certain vitamins are present in certain foods and perform certain jobs in the body. So now, many vitamins are sold individually, like vitamin C or A. These are called isolates and they’re often synthetic and have a harmful effect on the body. Many vitamins on the market today are synthetic or isolates. These types of vitamins can provide some benefit, but are very limited and can even be toxic to the body. Have you ever had bright yellow urine after taking vitamins? Well this is a sign that the body is not digesting the vitamin properly.
Look for supplements that list vitamins in the Supplement Facts section instead of the ingredient section. This will help you avoid isolates and ingest real food vitamins.
2. Pay attention to the ingredients and ensure you’re not choosing a vitamin with lots of synthetic fillers and chemicals. If you don’t recognize an ingredient look it up and be sure you know what you’re putting in your body.
3. Choose a highly digestible form of the vitamin. Often liquids and powders are easier to digest than pills. If this is an option, choose the form that’s closest to real food. Your body will better recognize and use it. If a pill is the only option, look for gel caps and substances that will help your body recognize the vitamin as a food.
4. Spend some money. If you’re not cheap with your clothes, shoes, car, or house, certainly don’t skimp on what you put in your body. Material things will come and go, but that body is yours until your time is up. How it functions directly controls your quality of life. So invest in your vitamins. You don’t have to break the bank, but $3-$5 is not going to cut it. Wholefood supplements tend to be more expensive, but they’re worth it.
Here are two quality brands of supplements:
If you eat meat, this is a great selection for supplements. These vitamins are made from quality wholefoods and people love them. In a very short amount of time, you’ll really feel the difference. They also have specific vitamins for different systems of the body.
Garden of Life Vitamin Code
These vitamins have raw ingredients full of fruits and veggies. These are some of my favorite vitamins and they’re a good choice for vegetarians, vegans, and even those who are on the raw foods diet.
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