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Our Take: Supplements

There are nutritional supplements on the market for just about everything. I scrolled through a website once to see what my shopping cart would look like if I purchased all of the supplements that were recommended for a healthy diet.

Wow. By the time I had looked up vision health, colon health and stuff that would give me more relaxed sleep, I realized that I would spend all day of every day supplementing. 

How do we feel about supplements? It’s fairly simple. If you can get it from food, get it from food. Are there times when supplementing might be appropriate to …let’s say …supplement a diet? Sure, but there are things you need to consider.

…a couple off the top of my head:

Food has greater nutritional complexity.

Food has fiber.

The bio-availability of food is greater.

If diet restrictions limit certain nutrients, then do not go without. In some cases, you may need to re-evaluate that diet.  If an inability to tolerate a certain food limits certain nutrients, again, do not go without.

One point of clarity, when we talk about supplementing we are referring to nutritional supplements that your body needs for healthy function. We aren’t really fans of quick fix supplements (you know, take 10 of these and lose 15 lbs in 15 days, kinda stuff).