Because of our toxic civilized world, nutritional supplementation is necessary. Our foods are highly processed and devoid of nutrition, soils are depleted because of over farming, people are consuming more genetically modified foods (high fructose corn syrup, for example) than ever. Fast foods are extremely common in the American diet, people are over weight and under nourished, over medicated, and over stressed and we do essentially nothing as a culture to stop this cycle from generation and generation. Our children are overweight and out of shape, over vaccinated, and are following in the footsteps of their parents by eating a poor quality diet (parents are our first role models.) Childhood and adult obesity is increasing at an alarming rate in America. Proper nutritional supplementation may be the partial answer to help “fill in the nutritional gaps.”
What is a nutritional supplement? Nutritional supplements can be plant, mineral or animal based. Depending on the manufacture, they can be made from live whole foods with better absorption potential (biologically active) or they can essentially be synthetic or combinations of each. Not all supplements are created equal. Some are poor quality and contain toxins and potential carcinogens (petroleum derivatives, formaldehyde, heavy metals, etc.), allergens (glutens, monosodium glutamate, known as MSG), lubricants (calcium, magnesium stearate, and stearic acid), binders and fillers.
There is never and substitution for eating fresh live foods. Supplements are not intended to replace nutrient dense foods. Over the past several decades large scale farming, genetically modified foods, and poor food production practices have caused the nutrient content of the American diet to decline. We are all aware of the concept of “junk” foods. The following is a list of common dietary supplements by major categories:
- Vitamins and minerals in liquid, tablets, capsules and powder
- Amino acids to supply protein (rice, whey, pumpkin, etc.)
- Phytonutritionals to supply antioxidants (pine bark, bilbery, grape seed, etc. extracts)
- Enzymes that are anti-inflammatory and digestive
- Glandulars from animal extracts to support adrenal and thyroid function
- Probiotics to supply beneficial bacteria for the GI tract
- Tinctures that are made from plant extracts (hawthorne, ginseng, etc.)
- Immune support like mushrooms (reishi, shitake, cordyceps, etc.)
- Whole foods from A to Z (alfalfa, algae, cilantro, guava, seaweed, etc.)
- So-called “super foods” (bee pollen, blue-green algae)
- Trace minerals (boron, vanadium, strontium)
Always look for so-called natural, organic, vitamins that are non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, absorbable and free of synthetic byproducts, such as soy, gluten, artificial colors and stabilizers, sugar, yeast, salt, artificial dyes, and preservatives. Whole food supplements are the best but may be hard to find. Whole food supplements are rarely found in large commercial box stores and pharmacies. “You get what you pay for” is especially true in the supplement industry! It is important to note that words like natural and organic have very little meaning in the vitamin industry. You must read labels and educate yourself.
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