A lot of people are concerned about whether or not they are getting enough nutrients, or what they can take to make them feel better as a whole. As I have emphasized in past newsletters, the best way to feel good is to detoxify your environment by eating minimally to non-processed clean/organic foods and cleaning your home with non-toxic agents. Some of us though, will still notice a lack of energy, or aches and pains that make us feel like we are still lacking. The reason for some of this lack IS because of the nasty environment and lack of vitamin/nutrient rich foods that we are left with despite major efforts on our part to rectify with good habits. Unless we grow our own food or have a farm in our backyards, it is literally impossible to get everything we need from what we eat. Our soils are polluted from the years of abuse, and the way our food is treated before it reaches our grocers makes for even the best foods to not give us 100% of the benefits it would give us if it were fresh from our own backyards. That’s why supplementation has become a huge way for people to feel balanced and energized.
If you take a multi-vitamin, you would hope that would do the trick. Well, not all multi-vitamins are created equal, and most do more harm than good. And on top of that, there is no way that scientists can get EVERYTHING you need into their little tiny synthetically made pill that will be a cure all for your ailments. When I say that they do more harm than good, this is what I mean:
#1: They are synthetically made, which means, your body does not even recognize that you are trying to help it. It is confused by this foreign object since the specific vitamins are put into it separately. For example: when you eat an orange, it has vitamin C along with co-factor vitamins J and K, the body understands this combination and begins to utilize it accordingly. When scientists make a pill, they put in C, J, and K in separately, a code that the body does not know how to read, thus cannot process it and voids out (urinates) what it can’t understand.
#2: Your body only digests 9% of these synthetic vitamins because of the way they need to be digested. Ever wonder why instructions ask you to eat vitamins with food? Or why it says it may upset your stomach? The synthetic pills needs enzyme to digest itself… Guess where the enzymes come from? They steal it from the food that you are eating with it! And what is your food left to digest itself with? Not much… now you are screwing with your digestive process! This is why I always suggest taking in as much nutrients from whole food, and if you are to take vitamins, make sure that it is from a “whole food” source. It will be on the packaging as such to not confuse you.
Below I have written up some supplements and whole food multi-vitamins choices that I have experience with, or have observed clients/friends taking. These ones that I have chosen have shown to make the biggest difference. There are many more, but for the sake of not overwhelming you I have only named a few. My disclosure is that you check with your doctor whenever you decide to take supplements that may or may not interfere with medications or conditions that you are currently dealing with. I am not telling you to go out and buy these things; I am only offering my preferences and research.
Multivitamin (liquid and/or whole food supplements are best)
Alive– a whole food supplement that comes in pill, liquid, and effervescent packs (www.vitacost.com).
Sea Aloe – It contains Matrix Aloe Vera, Sea vegetables, Pau D’ Arco, Juice concentrate blend (http://www.myseaaloe.com)
Buried Treasure Multivitamins which are all liquid, can be found online (just Google for the best price) or purchase at Whole Foods
Bromelain (Pineapple) – also a digestive enzyme
Papain (Papaya) – enzyme that aids with protein digestion
Fish-contains omega-3 (DHA, EPA)
Nightshade Diet– eliminate nightshade plants: tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers from your diet since you may or may not know that your body is allergic.
Ginger- 500-1000mg 2x/day with food.
Reduce fatty meat and high-fat dairy products. More fish and colorful fruits/veggies. Use organic when possible.
Omega-3 – acts as an antioxidant. Fish oil, Flax seed.
Vitalzym– enzyme supplement that digests protein, and aids in decreasing scar tissue build up throughout the whole body, organs, muscles, etc. . The best form is the liquid gel capsules.
Evening Primrose Oil- strong antioxidant, contains alpha-linoleic-acid, or ALA.
Vitamin C 2000mg (whole food is best) – I usually take Emergen-C effervescent packs. Vitamin C also decreases adrenal stress.
Vitamin E- potent anti-oxidant which protects the cells in the human body from free radical damage.
Nerve: Growth: B6, Omega-3
Pain: Orthocare (capsaicin) – also diabetic neuropathy
Joints: Manganese– decreases collagen laxity; Glucosamine 1500mg – Increase chondroblast (cartilage) activity
Muscle Recovery: L-Glutamine-also aids with digestion; Protein– Whey Protein powder, I like Biochem, can be found at Whole Foods Store.