I am commonly asked by my patients, “Can I get all the nutrients I need from food?”
In an ideal world, eating organic, whole, fresh food, would provide all the nutrients our bodies require to function optimally. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we still fall short.
Some of the reasons for the nutritional deficits include:
Evidence shows we need nutritional supplementation! Nutrients are essential for proper functioning of our biochemistry and metabolism serving both functional and structural roles. Widespread deficiencies in our population include omega-3 fats, vitamin D, folate, zinc, magnesium and iron. Doctors now routinely prescribe omega fish oil, folate, coenzyme Q10, and probiotics, even in traditional medical clinics.
It is most beneficial to take only what your body needs and in the right dosages. Over supplementation can create its own stress within your body, and lead to further physiological stress. Children should only take formulas designed specifically for their needs. When choosing supplements make sure that they are of high quality, free of allergens, additives, and have been independently verified to contain what is on the label.
Because there is so much to know about proper use of supplements, I suggest a consultation to identify nutrients that are best for you.