Why Should I Take Supplements?
You may be wondering about supplements. What are they? Should I take them? How long should I take them? Why should I take them?
Unfortunately, the food in the United States has been declining in quality over the last 20-30 years. Our fruits, vegetables, and some grains have been treated with chemicals that modify the size, color, and quantity. These chemicals have disrupted the soil and in turn even when we are eating organic produce, we are still ingesting products of soil that have been infested with gene altering chemicals. These chemicals are mostly water soluble and affect the kind of nutrition we are able to get from our food. They are also affecting the digestive functions of our bodies by making it more difficult for us to absorb and metabolize the nutrients from the foods we are eating.
The stress levels of our population continue to increase. More people have busier schedules and pressures, along with technology which makes us constantly available. Often times people are working into the evenings and weekend hours, not allowing for any down time. Stress produces a hormone called cortisol which, in high quantities and persistent release due to stress, can cause chronic inflammation, fatigue, weight gain, infertility, slow healing times, and gut issues. Simply put - our stress level over time can deplete us of the nutrients our bodies need.
Natural whole food and herbal supplementation can help balance out and support the function of our endocrine system, including our adrenal glands (glands that produce stress hormones), and can help enhance our over all health and well being.
How do I know what supplements to buy?
I recommend only supplements that are made from whole foods or high quality herbal supplements. The brand that I use myself and recommend in the office is Standard Process and Mediherb. They are the highest quality whole food and herbal supplements you can buy.
How to read a supplement label:
Not all supplements are created equal. When reading a supplement label, you want to look for the ratio of synthetic ingredients vs the whole food and herbal component of a supplement. Staying away from synthetic ingredients as much as possible is the best choice. Synthetic ingredients include vitamins in a whole form which may be listed at Vitamin A , Vitamin C , Vitamin K, etc. Sometimes you may have a supplement that has some of the nutrients in synthetic form and some in whole food form. Whole food ingredients in supplements typically will give the body more of the nutrients it needs and are absorbed and used more readily in the body. Here are two examples of a good ratio of synthetic ingredients to whole food and herb ingredients:
I hope this is helpful and as always if you have any questions or are looking for the right supplements for your specific needs, please let me know!