Do You Really Need Supplements?
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Do You Really Need Supplements?
By Sherri Mraz
Did you know that Americans spend a whopping 21 billion on supplements? I find it ironic being that I often hear complaints about the cost of organic food. People end up buying inferior food only to then buy junk supplements to make up for the damage.
Americans buy fast food because it is convenient and cheap. They buy prepackaged and processed food for its long shelf life, which makes it easy to keep on hand. This reduces the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Even with the popularity of all the cooking classes on TV it seems that people are losing touch with their food. They really don’t have any idea where it comes from or what changes have occurred in the food supply.
Over the past eight years I have been teaching health based cooking classes and the benefits of eating whole fresh foods. It is not hard to eat fresh nutrient dense food, you just need to have the recipes and a plan. Once you master a few recipes and know where you will purchase your ingredients, it’s easy to rinse and repeat.
You should get most of your nutrition from food, period.
That being said, the key word here is unfortunately “most”. 50 years ago this statement could have been “all”, but with factory farming depleting our soils of important nutrients and the introduction of chemical fertilizers and pesticides we don’t get the same nutritional value we used to get from our food supply.
For this reason there are times that every one of us needs a boost. Maybe you have an unusual amount of stress, have been eating poorly, or just can’t seem to figure out why you are always bloated. This is a time to get a nutritional scan to see what is really going on in your body.
There are times you may need a digestive enzyme, probiotic, an anti-bacterial supplement, vitamin or mineral. This should also be combined with some lifestyle coaching to show how to put it all together.
I have recently merged my practice with a Natural Health Practitioner. We are excited to be able to offer custom nutritional programs and “Healthy Cooking ~ Healthy Living Workshops.” Learn how to make healthy cooking delicious and easy and get practical health tips. It also happens to be loads of fun!
Begin with your food, get tested and create a plan. In just a little over one hour, you can get customized expert information.
Maybe you have stood in front of a wall of supplements at the health food or grocery store wondering what you should choose? Your friend told you one supplement helped her and the Dr. on TV said everyone should take supplement “X”. Everybody’s body is different. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for everyone. This is where a personalized program and professional advice can help you save money and improve your health in the long run.
Don’t waste hundreds of dollars on unnecessary supplements, another weight loss plan or fad diet. Get information on how to preplan a healthy meal plan filled with the nutrition and support that your body craves.