Let’s talk today about whether nutritional supplements are something for you to consider. Some people get in a routine that works for them, the same vitamins every day, or the same thing for breakfast, and on and on. However, for some people their routine hits a brick wall. This is where most people get on the roller coaster ride. Today’s article is designed to bring light into that part of your life and hopefully allow you an opportunity to do things to smooth out the ride. Let’s go!!
The nutritional supplement sales market has exploded over the last 5 to 10 years. There is something for sale advertised to heal anything and everything. What we should be asking ourselves, do I need to take any supplements? I would recommend for everyone the 1st thing to do is to ask their regular family doctor. Your doctor has no incentive to recommend for you to take a vitamin, or a supplement. For this reason alone, I would always get their input. In the event that you decide to try any supplement, a vitamin or a nutritional product, I would research the products designed to treat your symptoms. Currently there are over 90,000 supplements for sale. Next I am going to share some information with you, as well as personal experience, to provide input towards your decisions.
- What supplements are safe for you? The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does regulate Dietary Food Supplements. The FDA oversees the Nutritional Supplement Industry different from the way that they regulate the Food Industry. On August 24th, 2007 the FDA announced their new regulation would apply to 3 things. The new regulation ensures: Products are labeled accurately, Products are produced in a quality manner, and Products do not contain impurities or contaminants
- As I learned what the FDA guidelines for Supplement Manufactures were, I was astonished to see that we are all on our own in determining what was good for us, or what magic pill can be the ONE!
3. Consumers are limited in their ability to make a prudent decision as we search for products that will enhance our health. Manufactures do not have to be responsible for the results of their product, nor if that particular product could be harmful to consumers. So, in a nutshell, only you can decide what supplements will work for you, or what supplements are safe.
Are Supplements Good for You?
Here is an excerpt from Web MD on whether Supplements are good for you, and I consider this analogy accurate.
“Supplements can enhance a diet where there are shortfalls, but a handful of vitamin, mineral or other dietary supplements can never take the place of a healthy diet,” says David Grotto, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
“Foods are so complex, offering not only vitamins and minerals, but fiber, nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats), phytochemicals, and a whole host of nutritious substances that science has not fully identified that work together with other foods and provide the benefits of a healthy eating pattern.”
Still, the ADA recognizes that some people may require supplements because the vitamins and/or minerals they need are hard to get in adequate amounts in the diet. These groups include:
- Pregnant women
- Nursing mothers
- Strict vegetarians
- People with food allergies or intolerances
- Senior citizens
Real Food Sounds Pretty Good ?
I have spent the last 30 years trying supplements, shakes, energy bars, and I’m sure I am leaving something out. My experience with supplements have all been about the same, and all disappointing. I would try something new, and I would feel great for about 20 days, and then I would hit a brick wall. Somewhere between 14 days and 28 days I would notice that this little pill that used to enhance my senses, give me energy, and might curb my desire for junk food, did just the opposite. I would reach a point that there was zero benefit, and a lot of thinking about what I might have changed to not reap any benefit from my amazing pill. I was in search of trying to get the current Greatest Hit, only to have the same thing happen, over, and over again. My ego would not allow me to quit searching for the next magic pill (no way I am not getting this right). In an effort to maximize my investment, I started taking the supplements I had accumulated, and take a different magic pill every day. I had plenty left over, so it was easy to line them up and alternate day after day. Of course, you know what happened, after about (you guessed it) 10 days, not 1 magic pill in the group. Just about this time, I had a regular doctor’s visit for my 6 month checkup. I explained my dilemma to my Doctor, and he very politely said, ” have you thought about eating real food?”. Wow! He really knows how to hurt a guy. He missed the point. I was looking for a modern day solution to a lifetime problem, and he prescribed “real food”, and to supplement my real food with nutrition supplements, energy bars, shakes, etc. That’s when I realized why Doctor’s get paid well.
Fruit and Nuts
I have written on this subject before, and I will again, but for now I can tell you the 2 food groups have solved my diet problem. I have energy all day long, and I do not long for junk food. Fruits and nuts have good fiber to subdue hunger pains, as well as being loaded with antioxidants that are good for your heart, and might lower your risk of infections. My favorite way to enjoy fruits is by blending them with vanilla protein powder, a green protein powder, or super beets powder. I have included links for these 3 products, as well as my favorite, The Ninja 450 Watt Blender. What a great household blender! You can find any of these items, as well as many more by simply clicking any of the links.
Getting in the habit of eating healthy requires new habits be formed. I have found that the easiest I can create a new habit, the better the chances that I would have success. Be sure to add fresh fruits and vegetables to your grocery list for every time you plan to go to the Market. Fresh fruits and vegetables will require more of your time. Unfortunately that is the reason most people don’t incorporate fresh vegetables and fruit in their diet. It will take you extra time, period. Time block enough time to shop every 4 days or so, to ensure you have fresh fruits and vegetables. The next thing I would recommend, is to prep your fruit. Once you get home, wash them and then pack them into serving size containers. If you don’t have enough regular bowls or containers, a reasonable option would be light duty containers made by Glad. The cost is reasonable, and they are reusable.
Eating healthy to live a good life is the best spent money for your future. My goal is to share some trials and tribulations I have endured, in an effort to inform as many people as possible. It appears to me that we should eat regular food, and “supplement” our diet in between (hence the word Supplement). Feel free to give me feedback, and I look forward to interacting with you.