As a practitioner I do get asked the question often, “do I really have to take supplements?” My answer is always, well, if you want results, then yes.
There is so much controversy regarding to take supplements or not to take supplements. No matter who you are, your background, how fit you are, how thin you are or how healthy you eat…you have deficiencies. In a perfect world you would simply eat a real food balanced diet. For starters, there is not such thing as a balanced diet. Dietitians and doctors around the world were put to the challenge to create a menu that would simulate a balanced diet. Guess what? They could not do it. Not because they didn't try, but because with the depletions and deficiencies in our soil – the micronutrients are not there. Please feel free to read Empty Harvest by Bernard Jensen for more information on this subject.
I am a food first kind of gal, but I am here to tell you that food alone is not going to rebuild and restore your cells, glands and tissues and here is why:
- Soil and food micronutrient depletion. Dr. Rakowski is a clinical nutritionist and the clinic director of the Natural Medicine Center in Houston, Texas. Rakowski says that one problem in the US is that our fertilizers often only contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. “It takes 17 elements to make a healthy plant, and we only put three back in. So what happens is this malnutrition in the plants becomes malnutrition in the animals and becomes malnutrition in humans.” Also, refer to Empty Harvest by Bernard Jensen.
- Lack of absorption due to poor digestion. It is estimated (and is probably more) that half of all americans have insufficient stomach acid, which is vital in the absorption factor. You are not what you eat, you are what you digest and absorb. Lack of stomach acid puts you at great risk for osteoporosis, lack of micronutrients, inflammation, parasites, gas, bloating and GERD.
- Poor food quality. Putting aside the fact that even organic fresh foods are devoid of nutrients, many american are eating the SAD diet. The Standard American Diet consists of processed ‘whole wheat' grains, sugars, vegetable oils and factory farmed meats. If this is you, you will greatly benefit from some help to fill in the gaps until the diet is cleaned up and the body is balanced.
- Toxins. We are in a sea of toxins, from the time of conception, while in the womb and throughout our lives. Whole food supplements keep the organs of elimination-eliminating!
In the past 50 years more than 75,000 chemicals have been introduced into the environment. Today 300 synthetic chemicals are found in the bodies of humans. Even newborn babies have synthetic chemicals passed on from their mothers.
—REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and
Authorization of Chemicals, a European Union program)
- Quality of life. If this isn't one reason to fill in the deficient gaps…I don't know what is. Since I have been supplementing to correct my imbalances, I feel the best I have ever felt, and I owe most of it to the effects of supplementing. When I take my supplements (I feel like a million bucks so, I know they are filling in my deficiencies and also supporting my body to eliminate and detox.
My Current Nutritional Protocol:
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend. I take 1 tsp daily.
- Blue Ice Infused Coconut Oil. I take 1 tsp daily.
- Strong Probiotics, I rotate these: GP and YB
- Homemade Bone Broth. I drink 1-2 cups per day.
- Liquid ionic minerals. I take 1 dropper of Ionic liquid Mg in my 8 oz water glass, 3x per day.
- Grass fed Gelatin. I eat it in some form daily, whether I add it to a drink, eat homemade vitamins or simply sprinkle it on food.
- Liver. I eat grass fed liver 1-2 times a week. You can take theses liver capsules if you are not able to source liver or if eating liver does not appeal to you.
- Seafood. I eat cold water seafood 1-2 times per week. I highly recommend this resource if you can't find fresh and good quality locally.
- Butter and Ghee. I consume liberal amounts of grass fed butter and ghee (clarified butter).
- Coconut Oil. I eat approximately 2 TSP per day and use externally for moisturizer, deodorant and toothpaste about another 2 TSP per day.
- I also oil pull with the coconut oil daily.
- Sea Salt. I consume topically and externally about 2-3 TSP of pink sea salt per day.
- I focus on saturated fats, grass fed proteins, fermented foods along with a lot of leafy green produce. I only eat fruit in moderation and focus on grapefruit, green apples and green tipped bananas (on occasion).
- I avoid all grains, legumes and lentins due to their phytic acid and lectins which rob the body of vital minerals needed for optimal health including healthy teeth.
- I only drink tea; pau d'arco, a detox tea, kombucha tea and a lot of RO water with lemons. I avoid alcohol.
- I eat and drink fermented foods and beverages daily.