I always coach my clients to ask themselves if they are having a good cell day. Not only does this apply to the foods you eat but other ways that you nutrient your body. One way that people can get extra nutrients is through supplementation. But a lot of confusion surrounds this topic. Are they actually needed? Can’t I get what I need from my food? Do they even work?
There are literally thousands of brands to pick from. So, why are supplements so confusing and what can you actually trust? I completely understand! I’ve been confused before. It’s very frustrating when you hear so many different opinions on what products are best and which ones you should or should not take. I hope I can help you better understand
Why supplements might be right for you?
How to pick a quality supplement?
Let’s start by addressing the first question. Think of supplements as your body’s insurance policy. It’s probably safe to say that 95% of people do not get all of their recommended 10-12 veggie and fruit servings in each day. As healthy as you try to be, life is crazy busy. You might also need extra support on the nutritional level if you have a comprised immune system, chronic illness, excessive stress, intensely train or workout on a daily basis, etc…
There is also the fact of how our nations food supply is managed in the modern world. If you have access to your local famers market and can shop as fresh and locally as possible then you are doing better than most. Perhaps you even grow and control your own. For most of the year however, many get a majority of their foods from grocery stores. Your produce is picked days sometimes weeks in advance and comes shipped from all over the world to you. Bananas for instance are picked well before they are ripe – the green hard phase – ever have to wait a few days for your green ones to turn yellow. You know what I mean. Once a produce item is picked it immediately starts to loose valuable nutrients. By the time it gets to your actual plate it may have little left.
It is also a fact that the soils that foods are grown in are very nutrient depleted after many years of farming. While they are supposed to contain a total of 55 minerals in place, in most farm lands only 3 are replaced regularly for the next growing season: Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.
The final reason to consider if supplementation might be needed is that we are living in the most toxic environment that we have ever had. Over 80, 000 new chemicals have been introduced since WWII. They surround us in the products that we use, consume and also the quality of our air. So you might need more quality nutrients than your foods can provide you to help keep your cells and body systems at peak capacity and able to repair.
Now comes the second question: Do you know the old saying you get what you pay for? Well it’s true for the supplement world as well. They are not all created equal. Grabbing the first and cheapest one off the shelf may not be the best option for your health. If fact, you might be doing your body more harm than actual good.
A little background for you on how supplements are regulated. The FDA is the governing body that they fall under for control. That being said, a product under FDA guidelines only has to have 10% of the actual ingredient present. For example: Apple juice only has to have 10% of actual apple juice the rest of the bottle by law. The rest can be nothing more than water, sugar, coloring, taste enhancers, etc…Your better off just eating a whole apple. Same with supplements. There are only a handful of companies that choose to go above and beyond FDA regulations to ensure quality and potency of manufacturing.
Many startling revelations have been circulated recently. The attorney general recently launched a study into major retailers for citations into the brands they listed on their shelves. Many were found to have known contaminants and mislabeling as to what was on the label actually being on the bottle and posting fraudulent curative claims. You can also research on YouTube and find out how easy it is for anyone out of their home to create a “vitamin powder”, capsule it, label it and make it look perfectly legitimate. And by law, they can sell that product without it being evaluated by the FDA or any governing body.
Please review your supplement products or any you are considering for these key criteria to make sure you are taking a quality product that will help your cells not provide more problems.
NSF Certification: This product has been evaluated by strict 3rd party testing that ensures stringent standards on safety, quality and potency. www.nsf.org
Company website and contact information – you should be able to speak directly with their scientific team and link directly to the research that has gone into their products and studies in either nutrition or cellular research they have been a part of.
Athlete approved: If Olympic and Professional athletes use the product that is a positive.
Pharmaceutical Grade Manufacturing– This ensures that the company is going the extra mile to ensure safety and quality of their ingredients and products.
For further information you can access a great resource guide through The Nutrisearch Guide to Comparative Supplements or go to Consumer Laboratory Testing: www.consumerlabs.org to see if a product has failed to meet safety guidelines.
If you wish to further understand how supplementation can work to support your body I recommend Dr. Raymond Strand’s book What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You
To see further specifics on a brand that I have thoroughly researched and trust for myself and my family you can go to www.madeleinechilders.usana.com. If you are interested in learning more. Contact me for questions or an additional discount off your order.