Proper Nutrition? Your body is an efficient machine that uses all the different vitamins and minerals available as co-factors in reactions that take place millions of times a day in your body. If you don’t get enough vitamins and minerals in your diet or through supplementation, you may suffer from fatigue, confusion, jitteriness, muscle spasms, swollen or sore tongue, really red tongue, hearing loss, loss of taste and touch and many other symptoms.

Sleeping pills and tranquilizers-Depletes: Vitamin B2, CoQ10
Anti-biotics–Depletes: Bifidobacteria, Lactobaccillus, Biotin, Potassium, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Vitamins C, E, K, Inositol, Magnesium, Zinc
Anti-Acids (PPI, H2Blockers)–Depletes: Calcium, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Vitamin D, Folic acid, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin B1
Antihistamines–Depletes: Essential Fatty Acids
Anti-anxiety medications/Antidepressants–Depletes: Folic acid, Vitamins B6, B12, D, Essential Fatty Acids, Sodium
Muscle relaxants–Depletes Vitamins B2, B12, C, Folic Acid
Diabetes medication–Depletes: CoQ10, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12
Blood pressure medicine–Depletes: CoQ10, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin B1
Cholesterol-lowering medication–Depletes: CoQ10, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Folic acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamins A, B12, D, E, K
Pain medication-Depletes B6, B12, Folic Acid, Vitamins C, E
Alcohol–Depletes all B vitamins, Vitamins, A, C, D, E, K, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, selenium, tyrosine, folic acid and a slew of other inscrutable but necessary energizers.

Smoking- Depletes the B vitamin family, Vit C, E.

Do You Take Medications? Many of the medications on the market cause nutrient deficiencies. Most healthcare providers don’t address this when they give you the prescription. And most pharmacists don’t tell you about it either. Do you take it upon yourself to learn the details about the medication you are taking? It is your responsibility. Don’t assume your healthcare provider knows everything or has the time to tell you everything you need to know. Be diligent, do your homework. The internet is full of information.

What You Eat Really Matters. Food is information, fuel, energy for the body. If you feed your body low quality fuel, you will get low quality performance. Eating a whole foods diet, full of dark and brightly colored fresh vegetables and fruits; fish, poultry and grass fed meats will go a long way to supporting your brain and your emotions. Your body can’t work well without the proper information.

And that begs the question, should you be taking supplements? The general rule of thumb in the old paradigm is, “If you feel good and you’re healthy, no”. I would ask you to define healthy. Mental health? Physical health? Emotional health? Or maybe you want wellbeing. Healthy is NOT the absence of illness or disease. But this is a discussion for another blog. The question here is supplements, yes or no?

In today’s world where pollution is rampant, where toxins lie around every corner and in all food, YES you need supplements! You need supplements because your life, and my life, is full of stress. No matter how good you are at meditation and stress relief and exercise and eating organic food, your life is still full of stress. Environmental toxins, electronics, negative news and thoughts, and so much more. Our bodies simply can’t keep up with all the waste removal.

Which Supplements Should You Take? That really depends upon your needs. Seek out a nutritionist or a health coach. Get tested. Talk about your specific health issues and symptoms. You may need more or different supplements depending upon your medications, health and nutritional needs. Now, having said all that, not all supplements are created equal.

Get The Right Quality. Your supplements should be pharmaceutical grade. Studies show the stuff you buy at Wal-mart (One-A-Day, store brands, Costco etc) gives you 8-10% of what’s on the label. Pharmaceutical grade supplements give you a much higher proportion. They are sold by functional medicine providers, some chiropractors, nutritionists and those who have specific licensing to sell them. You may also find them at specialty and compounding pharmacies. The reason you want a pharmaceutical grade supplement is that the others have lots of filler, questionable quality of ingredients and in research have been shown to do more harm than good. Pharmaceutical Grade products must exceed 99% purity (natural sources) and contain no binders, fillers, excipients, dyes, or unknown substances. Fewer than 3% of the products on the market are pharmaceutical grade. Look for the USP emblem.

Learn To Cook. Cooking is much easier than you think. I promise. You can decrease your supplement needs by eating a whole foods diet. Eat real food, the stuff that molds and rots within a week. If you drop it on the floor and the bugs won’t eat it, neither should you. Shop the farmers market and the periphery of the grocery store. Buy organic whenever possible. Yes, I know its expensive but so is illness and disease. Would you rather feel amazing and eat awesome food or feel icky, tired and lethargic, spending your time and money at the doctors office? Eat fresh fruits every day, a couple of them. Eat fresh vegetables every day, lots of ‘em. Don’t know how to cook them? Ask the farmer for their favorite recipe or Google it like you do everything else!! Check out these websites: thedailymeal.com, https://www.rebeccakatz.com/recipe-box-menu/, www.cookinglight.com, and there are lots more.

Here’s to your health & wellbeing!

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