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If I am Eating Right, Do I Still Need Supplements?
Let’s get right to the point, the answer here is yes and probably.
You probably do, because even though we should be able to get all the nutrition from the food we eat, we usually don’t. Even under ideal conditions, such as food grown organically in nutrient rich soil and with pure water, it still loses much of its nutrition just being trucked from the fields to our tables.
Yes, because food by itself, no matter how pure and perfect it may be, is also only as good as what our bodies can absorb.
Let’s look at that one first. One of the things many people hope for when they eat healthy foods is that they will have a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system requires a digestive system that is working properly. Due to our typical Western diet, Candida overgrowth in our bodies is quite common and this leads to a compromised immune system. When our gut flora is out of balance, we can’t properly absorb all of the nutrients from the foods we are eating. So no matter how perfect our food might be, unless we are doing regular Candida detox programs, then yes, we will need supplements to help our bodies get more of the nutrition it needs.
Unfortunately, most of the produce that arrives at your store is picked before it is fully ripe, because farmers know that it’s a minimum of 14 days before it reaches your supermarket. Many warehouses gas the produce so that it looks ripe and lasts longer. For every day that produce is not being consumed, it’s gradually losing its nutritional content.
Now if you are one of the lucky ones who consumes a diet that has a wide variety of nutrient dense, raw, whole, organic foods, lots of raw green vegetables that are locally grown (or better still, grown in your own garden at home) and harvested at the right time so that you get maximum nutrition, and your immune system and digestive system are in great shape. If this is your life, then you probably don’t need supplements. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t still supplements that could benefit you anyway.
So now you go into one of those vitamin stores or the supplement aisle of your local organic health foods store and stare open mouthed at all the bottles. Which ones are you supposed to take and what brands are best? Ask 10 people and you will get 10 different answers. Ask a salesperson and they will most likely recommend something they have been told to recommend or something they get a commission from selling.
None of those options sound good, do they?
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