In my 30 plus years in the health and fitness industry one of the most frequently asked questions is, “do I need to take supplements?”
My answer is, NO, you don’t need to take supplements if you are still living in the Garden of Eden.
If you breathe, eat, sleep, drink water from that pristine, perfect environment, then you probably won’t need to take a nutritional supplement.
BUT, since no one lives in that environment then the answer is actually, YES, you do need to take a nutritional supplement. Not just any supplement but a pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplement.
Why Pharmaceutical Grade? It is more likely to be absorption of the ingredients and that the ingredients are safe. Unfortunately, most supplements on the market are basically worthless.
“You get what you pay for,” rings true when it comes to nutritional supplements!
You know that vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants are critical for your health and your body if it’s going to function at an Optimal – Thriving Level.
There is an archaic argument that goes like this, “But Mike, I read I can get everything I need from my DIET (Food).”
Perhaps you can; but are you?
In a large 21,000 person study it was concluded that not one person received the nutritional requirements set forth by the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). Reference: John Cordaro, CRN, 1993
Now, just so you know, the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) standards are minimal nutritional levels, what I can SURVIVING levels.
The RDA is designed to keep you from getting the deficiency diseases of rickets and scurvy. These allowances provide little if any protection from heart disease, cancer, age related macular degeneration, dementia, etc.
The RDA does not provide the nutritional standards of THRIVING HEALTH!
Also, “Mike you know depending on what you read, some of the latest research is saying that
you don’t need to take nutritional supplements.”
As long as, we have a health care system built on SICKNESS and not WELLNESS, we will struggle with TRUTH. The Sickness Industry makes up 1 in 6 jobs in America.
BUT, As far back as 2002, the Journal of American Medical Association published this; “Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.”
I’ve also worked with a lot of nutritionists, many still hold to the “get all you need from your diet” philosophy. One question I asked, “what percentage of you clients actually adhere to your program for more than a year?” The response, “very few.”
Conclusion, no one lives in the Garden of Eden, Yes, You Need a Nutritional Supplement.
In Part 2, I’ll cover various reasons why “getting what we need from our diet” leads to deficiencies which must be corrected for optimal – Thriving Health!