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January 9, 2012 / amberwoodterracechiro

Supplements Uncovered

Okay, so I could go on and on about supplements, and if you have ever attended one of my nutrition courses, you probably know that first-hand!  I felt compelled to address the issue of supplementation.  As I am preparing for my next nutrition course,  I am going through topics that I want to cover, questions everybody wants answers to, etc.  What I find every single time is that people want to know what supplements they should be taking.  My answer is always the same: “The only supplements you should take are the nutrients you can’t get sufficiently from foods.”

Supplementation and nutraceuticals have taken over the alternative health industry, and I am never surprised anymore when someone brings me a bag of supplements they are taking (on top of their medications).  I want to say loud and clear “No supplement will make up for poor lifestyle choices!”  There will NEVER be a pill of any sort that makes it good for your body to have fast food.  There will NEVER be a pill of any sort that makes up for not eating vegetables.  There is a huge misconception when it comes to vitamins, minerals, and herbal remedies that they will help cure your disease processes.  NOT TRUE!  The body only functions properly, free of disease if it is fed the right building blocks in sufficient amounts, given adequate exercise, relieved of stress, and had all toxins removed from its environment.  You should ONLY supplement things that you cannot get from your food, not in place of food.

So, there is someone out there saying “But what about my osteoporosis?  I need Calcium! ”  Another one I hear quite often is “I get my nutrients from my One-A-Day multivitamin.”  I could go on and on with statements I hear from patients regarding why they need their supplements.  Without going into detail about why this is simply not the case, I want everyone to ask themselves, “if we need supplements to keep us from having osteoporosis, then how did people stay clear of it when there was no such supplement?” Studies have shown skeletal remains of hunter gatherer societies with more the sufficient bone density at old ages.  “If we need a multivitamin for vitamins, what did healthy populations do before us in order to get their RDAs?” The answer to almost any question like that is “They did not need them because when you exercise adequately and eat raw, whole foods for nutrients, you simply don’t have to take a pill!”  Taking a pill for your nails, one for your heartburn, one for your immune system, one for your bone density, etc. is the exact same concept as taking 10 prescription drugs to cover up the symptoms that your body is not functioning properly because it lacks essential changes to your lifestyle.

I will say that there are 4 supplements that I believe every individual should be taking due to modern farming techniques and agriculture today.  The 4 essentials are fish oil, probiotics, whole foods, and vitamin D (if you live an area where adequate sunlight is deficient).   I will elaborate on these supplements and the reason for the need to supplement with them in upcoming posts.  For now, I just want every person to ask themselves how many supplements they are taking, where they can find them in nature, and choose to get those nutrients from food instead.  Nature has created us everything we need for sufficiency, I promise.

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  1. Peter @ MoreApplesADay / Jan 9 2012 1:03 pm

    I agree whole-heartedly that our nutrients should only be gotten from their natural and original sources, rather than some pill or solution. As for fish oil and probiotics, I would have to disagree.

    Fish does contain a concentration of the healthy fats we have all heard about, but so do the rest of the natural foods we eat. What irks me about fish oil pills is their remarketing approaches in order to overcome the onslaught of more natural sources becoming publicized and more popular. When chia seeds hit the market, out came some new commercials with better and improved fish oil pills. Seek natural, live longer…

    Probiotics should only be used in severe cases when the individual has compromised their digestive system. If you entertain a healthy diet rich in natural foods, your bacterial flora will not become compromised and will not need to eat your yogurt or some pill.

    Nice Post.

    • drangelalucterhand / Jan 9 2012 2:27 pm

      Thanks for the input! As a physician, unfortunately one of the biggest problems I see in patients is an issue with gut flora balance. Therefore, most people in the population need a supplement to help out. Also, not many people eat enough fermented foods to get adequate amounts of bacteria. As far as the fish oil is concerned, people can absolutely get enough benefit from the real deal. However, if one were to consume enough fish for adequate levels, there may be a toxicity issue due to pollutants. There will be much more elaboration to come, and I will go over some of the caveats!

  2. Shane Blotkamp / Jan 9 2012 6:38 pm

    Good post was hard to believe how well your plan would work three months ago. But was tired of more meds that caused weight gain, while being told to lose weight and feeling like a walking dead man. Still a long way to go but stilll going in the right detection. Sugar down blood pressure down weight down energy up. Will be interesting to see were I am in june.

  3. Angela / Jan 10 2012 11:04 am

    So good to hear! The longer you eat the right food and continue to exercise regularly, the closer to being medication-free you’ll become. We will mark progress in June, and I can’t wait!

  4. Stanley Delacuesta / Jan 14 2012 9:48 pm

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  5. Ossie Rickmon / Jan 20 2012 10:31 pm

    Loving your blog. I wish i had a site and could write articles that could be informative but “to the point” as considerably as yours.

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