Supplements; the do’s and don’ts of adding supplements to your diet

With regards to supplements, it’s important to keep in mind that one man’s healing supplement is another man’s poison.

Always make sure you take the proper tests before adding supplements to your diet.

Reasons to take Supplements

Supplements; the do's and don'ts of adding supplements to your diet Due to modern farming techniques we are losing important nutrients in the soil. In the past 50 years soil has decreased in nutritional value by up to about 40%.

It’s a domino effect that affects us from one generation to the next and becomes depleted through the generations.

We lack the basic building blocks needed for a healthy body due to nutrients being stripped from our foods. This is when a supplement is needed.

When you think about which food we get Vitamin A from, most people think of carrots. But did you know that carrots have a different form of Vitamin A that doesn’t get used? In fact we get more Vitamin A in supplement form.

Where do I start?

First, I recommend taking trace minerals, liquid form is the best.  We all know the big minerals and forget that there are other minerals. Some of the macromolecules can’t function optimally without trace minerals. Such as iodine for thyroid function, chromium is needed for healthy cholesterol metabolism and manganese for healthy cell growth.

Second, is both chlorella and spirulina which are super foods that work to cleanse the digestive track and clear the body of heavy metal poisoning which can cause brain fog, irritability or depression. It encapsulates the toxins and prevents it from being absorbed into the digestive tract.

In our diets we obtain overall 19 out of 20 of the essential of amino acids (the building blocks for protein).  We are usually missing a good supply of Lysine (an α-amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins.)

Protein is a building block to many different tissues and makes DNA. Lacking one protein can have huge side effects. These detoxifiers offer the most amount of energetic return per ounce for the body.

Third, is having adequate supply of Omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids (3:1 ratio). These are essential because the body isn’t able to produce the fats itself and needs it from an outside source.

Do you have problems remembering things easily? Then an anti-fat diet doesn’t help. You need the omegas to feed the brain, that’s what it needs. And if you are arthritic, then it is recommend that you have about 6 grams of fish a day, fatty fish such as salmon, sardines or mackerel are preferred. If not arthritic then krill oil is great. I prefer Hemp because it has a perfect ratio and its plant based for vegetarians.

Fourth, a probiotic of your choice – preferably taken at night. It stimulates the natural digestive juices and enzymes in allowing the organs to function properly.

Personally, I like all the fermented items such as sauerkraut (high also in vitamin A, B, C, E and helps to reduce allergy symptoms) and kefir is also good which is rich in antioxidants.

Finally, Vitamin D is vitally important especially if you are susceptible to getting colds. It helps increase the immune response and makes it stronger. Vitamin D is a precursor to hormones. Majority of the population in Ireland are low in Vitamin D.

Just bump up the amount intake and watch as the energy goes up. Most adults in the Northern Hemisphere need 4000-6000 units of Vit D a day – minimum.

Combined with vitamin A and it has tremendous effects on chronic disease of all sorts because it allows the body to repair itself quickly. This vitamin is linked to everything and anything related to degeneration of your cells. A person low in Vitamin D can lead to vascular disease and inflammation responses in the body.

An interesting study has linked decreased vitamin D and respiratory infections in children. When it was consumed it was noted that in about 6 weeks the respiratory function disappeared and in some cases about 6 months.

A little bonus item I like to use is resveratrol. It is an effective antioxidant that allows the aging process to slow down. It is high in lime and grapes. A lot of things begin to change such as degradation of cells and energy production and output of toxins in the body.

It must be said I never recommend Centrum. It contains iron oxide (which is rust) and there is no bioavailability in the body. In your spare time try and find out who owns Centrum. The answer will surprise you!

When choosing a company be sure to source one who produce a pure, healthy and ethical range of supplements.


About the author

Dr. Benjamin Martin is a Chiropractor and speaker on Health and Wellbeing. Ben is regularly called on to discuss health topics and chiropractic on radio, tv and press. His promise is to adjust and educate as many families as possible towards optimal health. His work changes lives and has restored people's quality of life.

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