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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Nutrition | 2 comments

If I eat right, do I really need to take supplements?

If I eat right, do I really need to take supplements?

If you were living on a farm a hundred years ago, growing all your own veggies in nutrient-rich soil, I would say, no, you probably don’t need to supplement. However, if you are alive today, you absolutely need to take nutritional supplements. Twice a day. Every day. For life.

Due to poor agricultural practices and cross-contamination, our planet’s soil is stripped of its original nutrients — even organic soil. Crucial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are missing from our land, which means they are missing from our food and therefore our bodies.

Do you know how many oranges you’d have to eat to get the same amount of Vitamin A present in an orange that existed 100 years ago? Eight!

You might be wondering, why do we have to supplement twice a day? The cells in our body need a continuous stream of nutrients, so it’s important to take your supplements in the morning and at night. In fact, it’s almost more important to supplement at night because that is when our cells regenerate and heal.

There are 100 trillion cells in your body. A billion cells are renewing every hour!

If your cells can’t find the proper nutrients as they are renewing, they will start to draw from your body. For example, if there is not enough available calcium, where do you think the cell will take it from? That’s right, your bones. This is how osteoporosis begins, as well as many other degenerative diseases.

We have the ability and power to prevent almost every degenerative disease that exists today by becoming conscious of our lifestyle and nutrition.

In addition to eating the best we can, exercising moderately every day, reducing stress levels (acupuncture is great for that!) it is of paramount importance that we all take a high quality nutritional supplement.

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  1. Be very careful about calcium supplements.

    “Until contrary evidence is available, the possibility must be considered that a life long adaptation to a high calcium diet with a continual suppression of calcitrici formation and inefficient utilization of dietary calcium may eventually impair the ability of the body to utilize dietary calcium and to conserve body calcium.”

    “hip fractures are more frequent in populations where dairy products are commonly consumed and calcium intakes are relatively high”

    If people need calcium supplements (e.g. because of recovery), they need to limit animal proteins to stay balanced.

    See this study from 1986: http://jn.nutrition.org/content/116/11/2316.full.pdf (it was cited in the “China Study” book I read).

    • Hi Alex! Thanks for your comment! Yes, I’m familiar with the China Study. I don’t advocate taking extremely high calcium supplements, however, each cell in our body needs calcium to divide so it’s crucial that we get enough. One of the issues with having high amounts of calcium is a deficiency in Vitamin D to help properly absorb it. If Vit D and calcium are in balance, the concerns you mention become a non-issue. This is why I recommend taking a really high quality multivitamin that is formulated to give all nutrients in the correct ratio and bioavailability, instead of taking low quality or individual supplements. (For example, Iron should never be taken with Vit C, beta carotene should always be used instead of an active form of Vit A.) Hope that helps! : )

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