Why do I need supplements?
Did you know that you would have to eat 32 peaches in order to get the same Vitamin A from 1 peach from 1950?
Yes it is true!
Did you also know that there has been a 50% reduction in the antioxidants in food, in the past 25 years?
That is because our food is no longer what it used to be. Our soil is greatly depleted of the vital nutrients that are essential for growing high quality produce, and our environment and chosen agricultural practices have left our food more toxic then ever. Therefore, even the freshest organic produce does not have the same nutritional value as it used to.
Furthermore, we are faced with constant exposure to toxins from our water, air and personal care products that put a huge burden on our body’s ability to detoxify. If we cannot properly detoxify these toxins with the aid of essential nutrients (that we are not getting from our food), then we create an environment where disease and illness can thrive.
Currently in the United States there are over 80,000 chemicals that are in active production, with only a very small fraction of them being studied for safety (we are talking a couple hundred).
Couple this with the 80% loss of mineral reserve in the United States soil (70% loss in South America, and 60% loss in Europe) and we have a recipe for disaster.
Not only that but….
With food choices that range from diet soda to Doritos chips, our food is no longer a source of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants, but rather a slew of hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, chemicals, hormones and antibiotics. This further increases our toxic nature as well as our nutrient deprivation, leaving us to deal with a host of symptoms ranging from fatigue, insomnia, pain, headaches and eczema, to name a few.
As you can see, our need for nutrition is higher than ever and unfortunately even the healthiest of foods such as organic fruits and vegetables will not be able to satisfy our body’s needs. Therefore, in order to have outrageous health and to prevent disease, we must supplement our diet with whole-food, live-source supplements. This is no longer a choice, but a necessity if we want to have radiant health.
Are all supplements of the same quality?
Today it seems every manufacturer claims to make the finest products. However, research published in the JANA shows the opposite. In their landmark study in 1999, they showed that only 2 1⁄2 % of nutritional products were both non-toxic and effective!
This is because most supplements contain synthetic nutrients that are highly heated and blended with toxic binders, fillers and glues. These are NOT what you want to be putting into your body, especially if you are already dealing with symptoms and disease states.
It is vital to realize that not all supplements are created equal.
Just like there are different qualities of meats and produce, there are varying qualities of supplements as well. In fact, there are such great differences between high quality, live-source supplements and synthetic, poorly manufactured supplements, that you will find it is the difference between supplements that work and those that hurt.
Toxic supplements not only can be ineffective, but they can even damage the cells of our body. Therefore, it is very important that you choose high quality supplements made from once-living sources.
Remember the study above. You have a 2.5% chance of finding a good supplement. The odds are definitely not in your favor. And, I am routinely surprised as to how many of the “good” supplements that many reputable doctors, chiropractors, etc. are using, that test terrible.
Many people are believing that they are buying quality, when in fact they are just buying expensive synthetic supplements.