I am getting ready for my workshop for Monday night with my 60 Day Turnaround Group… sorting the supplements.¬† Good material to share with the world, so I figured, why not make it my Daily Sprout for the day.¬† When we discuss sorting the supplements, we are talking about the base need for your daily nutrition.
Notice the term BASE.¬† The key to pursuing health from a nutritional standpoint is to stay focused on the basic needs.¬† I commonly have consultation patients who are pursuing many random directions for their nutrition.¬† They have picked up tidbits here and there, so they say things like “I have a pretty good diet” and “I take a lot of supplements”…
To which my knee-jerk¬†response is, “can you explain what a pretty good diet is?”¬† and “why would you ever take a lot of supplements when God has put food on the earth?”
Now, I get that at first it could be confusing… sorting the supplements, and I pretty much just threw them under the bus.¬† But the key here is that everybody needs a plan, a semblance of organization… not haphazard pursuits.¬† You read an article here about calcium, there about vitamin D, this magazine about turmeric, and that internet blog about elderberry.¬† Before you know it you have a “medicine chest” of supplements.¬† ¬†But you take them like a drug, no focus on building a base of health, but trying to out nutrition your symptoms.
To me it sounds just like the medical model wrapped up in a different pill.
Not God’s plan.
So let’s come back to the base.¬† The base is you, identifying that there is a certain amount of healthy food that needs to go into the body, and that after that, there should likely be some focused supplementation on shoring up the base.¬† Not based out of fear of a symptom… really, do you think a symptom means you are sick, or are you simply fighting the way you should fight?
I work off of 13 servings of fruit and vegetables a day (an open handful constitutes a handful), which should be divided into 10 vegetables and 3 fruits.¬† When you fall short of that, don’t choose a “mined and processed” multi-vitamin, choose harvested food, juiced and dehydrated.¬† Juice Plus is the foremost¬†supplement on the planet for a reason, and that reason is research coupled with simplicity.¬† 10 years, and I don’t miss making up my deficiency from 13 in any given day.
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Next, Vitamin D is needed, because you cannot make it up from your diet.¬† You make it from sunshine interacting with your body, which requires sunshine.¬† Any day where you are under 3o minutes of sunshine exposure on your arms head and neck, would require supplementation from 2500 – 10,000 IU’s per day, depending on your current blood levels of Vitamin D.¬† There are plenty of good brands out there, but I really like Pure Pharma, if nothing else, for the coconut oil coupled with Vitamin¬†D3.¬† This is one of my recommendations, find¬†a Vit. D3 with¬†coconut oil.
Omega 3 – I cannot possibly give you the detail that I would want to in this sprout, as for me, this is better as a visual and audible education.¬† But, the key is that in a given day, if you are pushing for 2-5 grams of Omega 3, the best way to get there would be to consume a high level of nuts and seeds in your daily diet that are rich in O-3, such as pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds.¬† The Omega 3 in these foods will provide a good base of O-3 every day, making supplementation unnecessary in many cases.
And lastly, probiotics.¬† Everybody needs probiotics.¬† 200 billion per day is a good number to shoot for, and with that, eating that number would be your first choice, and supplementation a second choice for sure.
I hope you can begin to thin out your drawer of supplements, and move in a direction of just the right ones to give the base. Trust the body, and don’t freak out!!
Be well and Be blessed! – Dr. E