Nutritional Supplements and Why they are important
In the world we live in today, it is hard to get all the nutrients we need from our food. Current commercial agriculture techniques change the chemical makeup of our foods with genetic modification (GMO). Think about it, you see giant strawberries that are perfect but taste like mealy pulp in the grocery store but the ones you grow in your backyard are small deep red and taste like nature’s candy.
In addition to the GMOs, our crazy lifestyles find us submitting to erratic eating habits and even with the best intentions eating things that we know are not that great for us.
The use of pharmaceutical drugs has escalated. Most medications deplete essential nutrients, making people more vulnerable to deficiencies and of course the nasty unwanted side effects. Supplements can be a good alternative, limit side effects or even replace the nutrients the drugs are stealing!
During specific times in life, we may suffer from health conditions that we can control with food alone and need a little extra help. These may be environmental causes, lifestyle or even genetically you don’t absorb a certain nutrient as you should. We see this with Vitamin D in many people.
Many nutrients have been proven to prevent chronic disease, slow the progress and yes even reverse things like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, inflammation, fatigue, and depression
Not all Supplements are Created Equal
Is there Really a difference? The answer is YES! In fact not only are they not created equal in dosing, form, and quality there are deceptive practices in labeling in the over the counter brands (OTC) because they are not regulated. I have had plenty of patients come in and be in complete shock, after looking at their lab test they are deficient in the very vitamin they have been taking for months! How could this be?
There are different forms, doses, and grades of supplements. What you want is a pharmaceutical grade that contains no unwanted contaminants.
Reach out to us and we can recommend customized nutrients for you based on bloodwork.
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