Should We Use Supplements and Shakes for a Healthy Body?
I am asked so many times if we need anything at all but whole organic real food? Why would we need to use supplements and shakes to compliment a natural diet?
I also have heard people say that they are adamant this is all we need. I feel that there are a lot of things that they are not taken into account when reaching this decision. So I have taken it upon myself to explain how I see it. It is not intended to persuade anyone. This is my view and I believe everyone can make up their own mind, but it is far better to do so informed than misinformed.
Why Use Supplements and Shakes?
Many say raw plants alone are enough to produce health in the human body. Is this true?
“I eat organic and that’s all my body needs.”
This is a statement I hear all the time.
People come to me on a regular basis and they say I want to lose weight and gain energy. “Oh, I don’t remember what it is like to have energy and get out of bed like I’ve had enough sleep!”
I have to admit that my Journey as a raw foodie has been fun. I started by making myself a test subject in my own trials (makes me think of Frankenstein lol). I was along the same thinking as a typical raw foodie. I claimed uncooked whole plants are all that’s required for health. I still feel this is the best form of solid food.
Many don’t believe in ‘supplements’. They go along with the thoughts we don’t need them and that “Supplements and shakes do not work!” . .
. . .and in one way I agree and in another way I don’t, let me explain . . .
So we have a diet where we eat whole organic plants. On one hand, we have the idea that organic plants give us everything we need. Yet, pro-supplement people claim we MUST add supplements to achieve the greatest health. This because they believe plants in themselves are not enough!
Since both of these ideas (to supplement or not) cannot both be correct. One contains flaws, but which one?
**My perspective is based on my experience within my own life, my family and those who I have helped.
Are Raw Organic Foods Enough?
On a certain level those who believe raw organic foods are best, are correct. They are certain some of the supplements and shakes being peddled to you will never produce health!
Nonetheless, are raw organic foods alone enough?
I’d like to take a close look at supplements and shakes using myself as a guinea pig and give you my perspective.
My hope is that it will help you make a more informed decision. You can decide whether supplements provide greater health or not.
It was once my opinion all you needed is raw plants and the body will do the rest. Health will then abound! The body is a self-contained entity. It’s designed to consume certain foods and only needs to consume those foods. This sounds great in theory! It’s an easy belief that I subscribed to for a long time. Yet, this theory is not without its flaws. You see, this idea requires both perfect foods and perfect bodies. Unfortunately for us, neither one exists!
What if today’s foods have a severe lack of nutrients, even if organic? What if even the healthiest of bodies has a difficult time pulling nutrients out of raw organic foods?
I believe the nutrients contained in plants are to give our body what it needs to function in the best way. Also, they aid our immune system to function to our greatest benefit.
But the truth is that for most of us, including myself, this wasn’t the case. I was looking at those nutrients to just get me through the day. A day without passing out on the couch for the longed for Nanna nap at 3:00. A nap I had relied upon just so I can get through the rest of the day until bedtime. From experience with others, I know this will be familiar to most of you, especially if you are a mum.
By the way, getting us through the day is no small, simple task. We all create trillions of new cells daily. At the same time we are performing more than one billion metabolic functions per second, 24/7. All this while fighting off the vast amount of things bombarding us that enter our bodies each day.
Just being alive is a BIG deal.
And that was my state while eating clean 80% raw and cutting out most of the chemicals in my life.
Oh goodness, I was at my wits end! I felt no better off than those that lived at Macdonalds or KFC. I decided that something had to change . . .
Which this leads me to believe that we don’t get all we need from our food. Maybe if life were perfect and no nutritional wrongs ever occurred. Maybe if plants were like they were 100 years ago, this may have worked for me. But, at the end of the day doing something is better than nothing.
Where Does That Leave Us?
So if raw organic foods are lacking in nutrients, where does that leave us. For one, we will have a hard enough time just accomplishing the goal of getting our bodies through the day. It will be an even harder struggle to pay back our nutritional debts.
Our plants are lacking in nutrients. This is not my assumption. It is according to institutions such as The Department of Agriculture and Rutgers University. More worrying is they say this lack of nutrients is severe.
Both Rutgers and the USDA conduct annual examinations of our foods. This is to determine our foods nutritional content. It is sad they both report our foods are declining in nutrients and this reduction is substantial.
To compound matters, it is not just that our food depleted. We are all meant to eat plants/herbs/foods that are not readily available to us today. These are foods we have lost touch with like Chinese herbs. You know all those long weird names you have never heard of before, that you think “What the heck do I do with that?” These are not the long names that we find on the back of a packet in the supermarket. These are grown by nature. They contain 2 to 10 times more nutrients in them than today’s best organically grown plants. But unless you’re traveling to the rain forests of Nepal you may never see them.
Why am I saying this? Because in truth we have lost touch with nature and health!
Your body’s first priority is just to get you through the day, to survive! Then, if by chance there are any nutrients left over at the end of the day, the body will use those for healing.
Our current organic and raw foods are lacking in nutrients. Often there are not enough nutrients to get us through the day. In reality, we need more than that to replenish our nutritional deficits. The average person would have to overeat to take in enough nutrients. This would enable them to get them through the day and pay back their nutritional debts. I guess that’s where we get the dilemma of obese people. It is because our bodies are screaming out for the vitamin and minerals our food just isn’t giving us.
So I realised for myself that I needed both organic and raw food. Even if lacking nutrition (we can only do the best with what we now have). I also realised I needed extra nutrients via nutrition supplements in the proper amounts. This would start to get me through the day and pay back my nutritional deficient debt. It would also improve my health in a dramatic way. What I didn’t realise was the side effect of feeling better, gaining energy and better health. Through paying back this nutritional debt and gaining these benefits I also achieved weight loss!!!! And if you have read my weight loss story you will know I had a fair bit to lose.
Ok, so I had another huge wall to get over . . .
I had to deal with proper absorption of nutrition.
After having my gallbladder removed I developed an intolerance to foods. I wasn’t able to digest and assimilate my food. I believe this is a problem so many people face.
Are Supplements and Shakes the Solution?
So we have raw organic plants, already deficient in nutrients. We also had a situation where no one digested and assimilated 100% of the nutrients of these plants. Then you have people like myself. We also have to deal with so many more things stopping our bodies getting the nutrients it needs.
It was obvious I needed to use supplements and raw organic food. The problem was if my body wasn’t able to use it, wouldn’t that be a waste of time and money?
For me, the answer was yes. So I began to look for a liquid form of nutrition for my body. Why is this?
What we overlooked is one of the biggest robbers of nutrients in our body. This is the actual acts of digestion and assimilation. On average we lose 25 to 50% of all the nutrients of the already deficient solids. This is because we all have minor to major digestive issues. This is a result of our food being processed and the toxins we need to deal with. This included me. I was suffering from gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, and lactose intolerance.
So, here’s the exciting part. With liquids nutrients, liquid proteins and juice, we receive 99% of the nutrients. This is because we digest liquid through a process called Osmosis. It costs us almost no nutrients to process the liquid. This is in stark contrast to the nutrients that get burned during the digestion of solids.
Nutrition shakes is a win-win! But they have to meet certain criteria:
- the shake must be cold pressed
- it must be rich with live enzymes
- it must not have been heat-treated
- if taken from cows, the cows have not been fed antibiotics and growth hormones.
Most bulking protein powders you find in the shops have been through a heat treating process. It is this process which kills enzymes.
When the body is deficient in nutrients the body ‘borrow’ these nutrients from itself. The body pulls these missing nutrients from the lower priorities of the body. These lower priority parts include bones, hair, teeth, eyes, glands, tissue. It then places these missing nutrients on the high priorities of the body. Areas such as the heart, the brain, our blood and the liver.
This borrowing is a sign the body needs supplementing with nutrients. This need for extra nutrients is essential for long life, or it would not do so.
Here’s where it gets a bit tricky. Most supplements are GARBAGE and do more harm than good! This because most are synthetic, made from chemicals, acidic, dead and unbalanced. In fact, there is study after study saying supplements are useless. That’s because they ALWAYS use synthetic supplements in their studies. At least 98% of all supplements are garbage and can do more harm than good. However, there are good supplements and shakes. They contain the nutrients from raw plants, herbs and live natural proteins from cows. Best of all they are formulated by people that know far better than I ever would.
Nutrients and enzymes are the most important parts of the plant. When a supplement is cold pressed and the enzymes are alive you are able to take in the nutrients. All you need is to add back the water when you consume the supplement (via a glass of water).
Liquid nutrients need almost no digestion or assimilation.
So raw foods will get you through the day and supplements and shakes will restore your nutritional deficits. This is especially so if they include the foods I mentioned before that are not accessible to us all.
It is clear that food alone is not enough. To get more nutrients to our body we do need to supplement along with our healthy diet. Now you know the best way of delivery.
But where do you get these, and what are the right vitamin pills for you?
This is where I had a bit of a meltdown. I was the number one customer of our local healthful store. I was popping pills not knowing what I was doing. Unaware it wasn’t so smart because there was no ‘one hit wonder’ – and that was what I was looking for.
People have searched far and wide for the ‘silver bullet’. They are looking for one raw material that would sweep the country and be the saviour for health. But, the silver bullet does not exist in one ingredient. People walk up and down the aisles, trying to do their best. They buy individual supplements with isolated ingredients to feed their whole body.
Yet there exists a system of products. Products created by one of the most successful, well-respected, top formulators of health and wellness supplements in the world. Someone who has been formulating nutritional products for over 30 years. Someone who has seen the power of nutrition.
They have brought forth the world’s most scientifically advanced and unparalleled products. They have done this along with a leading scientist in the Nobel Prize-winning field of Telomere research. This is the latest in anti-aging technology and human health.
A system with many ingredients that work together to achieve the following:
- assist the body with cleansing and detoxifying
- replenish and drench the body with micronutrients.
The ‘magic bullet’ for me and my family isn’t one pill. In fact, it has more than 300 ingredients that all work synergistically together.
I believe that anything you do for your health is a step in the right direction. Yet some do not wish to do anything about their health. Others, like myself, are lucky enough to find a program that can give you a clean slate. A program that is easy and not difficult to fit into daily life. Achieved through cleansing and removing impurities. All this time flooding your body with the right nutrients and minerals that we no longer get from our food. You can find out more about my journey by clicking here.
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