Are you one of those people that rely on supplements for your nutrition? I speak to people about supplements and the potential of the unnecessary and over-use of them daily. It seems that people believe it is important to seek balance in nutrition through the supplement world rather than using real food as the base for good nutritional health. While supplements can be helpful they are not always the best choice nor should they be your first choice in nutrition.
Supplements are exactly that; a supplement to the body when deficient. I can not tell you the number of people that come into my office, sick, unable to walk down the hall to their treatment room and yet when I look at their list of medications and supplements it is often over-flowing with both but supplements believed to bring better health. When asked why a supplement has been chosen the answer falls short of documented proof for the need to supplement with a strong reliance on social media, TV ads and popular physician suggestions as a means of reliability on the use, effectiveness and safety of self supplementation. Now, I'm not suggesting that supplements are bad as they are useful in many deficient states of health and I too recommend them when it is evident that it would support bringing the body up to par with the understanding that when the body is functioning to its full potential, the supplement will not longer be needed. This differentiates supplements from pharmaceuticals; the ability to withdraw from the supplement when it is no longer necessary.
Now, it doesn't matter what color your supplement is or in what form. It can be green, yellow, pink, purple, pressed, tablet, liquid, powder you name it. Supplements come in many different beautiful colors, shapes and sizes but does that mean that it's good for you? Well, it depends on what's in it, how it is prepared and processed, what additives are included and the over-all nutritional value of the nutrients that remain in the substance in its current form. Just because it's pretty and easy doesn't mean it's healthy or that it offers everything you need nutritionally. Just because it says “natural” doesn’t make it so as we often quote the "natural" labeling to justify our use and our willingness to pay a handsome price for the product. We all know that “natural” is hardly a clear indication of it’s ingredient, processing or nutritional value.
When I counsel patients on nutritional health and the benefits of whole food diets over supplements I often receive the deer in headlights response. The vision that comes to mind is over-whelming because we have become comfortable with mixing a drink or popping some pills as we run out the door with the belief that we are providing high nutrient foods to the body sufficient for good health. This just isn't the case (more often than not).
Why do we believe that a powder drink is any better than a whole food blend of fresh veggies and fruits? Is it that we truly believe or are we unwilling to put the effort into preparing our foods to the nourishment of our body. Why are we so willing to forego the nurturing of food preparation at the risk of nutritional deficiency? We clearly understand the importance of nutrition or we wouldn’t seek supplements with the intent to provide adequate nutrition. So, what it really boils down to is taking the time to take care of your self, yes the ability to self nurture. I have this conversation often as well.
Consider this…rather than mix a powder drink or pop a hand full of pills, take a minute to envision how much better you will feel when your body receives a high nutritional meal with adequate fat, fiber, vitamins, minerals and everything it needs to function at optimal levels with real food and nutrients that supports a strong immune system, oxygen rich blood, proteins for hormone and enzyme production, fats for metabolic processes and strong muscles and bones. Aren’t you worth it? Isn’t this what you want? Take 5 minutes a day and nurture yourself...prepare a nutrient dense meal! You don’t need a pill and you don’t need a powder. When you eat whole foods, your blood sugar will stabilize, your cravings for inflammatory sugars will decline, your immune system will remain strong and your bodily functions will improve. Get creative and enjoy the art of nurturing with nutrition! YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Here are a couple of my favorites! Start your day with this and experience better health the whole food way.
Bloody Mary to go!
Organic veggie juice (tomato based)
1 few spinach/kale leaves
1 celery stalk
1 wild green onion
Salt, pepper, garlic, cayenne pepper to taste
Fresh herbs: basil, sage, rosemary, cilantro, etc….
Unfiltered olive oil - 1 tsp
Ginger, Carrot & Apple twist
Coconut water (unflavored)
Unfiltered apple juice
½ apple with seeds
1 small carrot stalk with leaves
1 celery stalk
Ginger root to taste
Basil to taste
Raw, unfiltered coconut oil - 1 tsp
Blend and go! Here’s to better health!
So I'm sure that everyone is aware by now of the recent lawsuit against the manufacturers of PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS which inhibit acid production in the stomach and prescribed for acid reflux. These medications have been proven to cause KIDNEY DAMAGE. Many people have been on the medications for years and unable to stop because the condition still exists and the symptoms return. While there are no symptoms while on the medication, the tissue in the esophagus are still exposed to an acidic environment causing inflammation and leading to other serious health conditions in the long term.
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW is that the esophageal and pyloric sphincters in the body only close when the acid level peeks, triggering the closing mechanism, inhibiting the acidic fluids from leaving the stomach until foods are digested. This is an easy fix! Drink apple cider vinegar with warm water prior to every meal for a couple of weeks until the body naturally reverts back to it's natural production. Yes, YOU HAVE TO RAISE THE ACID LEVEL in order for the body to respond. Sounds counterintuitive I know but it works.
I help people restore their digestive function using this method daily. You need acid in the body in order to breakdown food particles and build rich blood for organ health. Otherwise, you create inflammation in the digestive tract that allows toxins to leak into the blood stream leading to autoimmune conditions down the road. Give this a try and if you are struggling, call me.
I'm Dianne Voitle. I'm a physican of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. My office number is 352-745-7554. Feel free to call so that we can discuss where I can assist with your health needs. :)