First off, let’s define supplement. A supplement is “something that completes or enhances something else when added to it”.
So, let me ask you…Are you wanting to get well, live healthier, feel your absolute best, or lose the excess weight as fast as possible? — if the answer is YES, then let’s dive in!
Sure, there are quick-fixes that will get you results in a shorter amount of time, but are those results going to be sustainable—meaning, can you realistically maintain whatever diet you’re committing to FOREVER— and also, I want you to think long and hard about this— ARE YOU SACRIFICING LONG-TERM HEALTH FOR FASTER RESULTS/SHORT TERM GAINS?
Think about what your ultimate goal is— to live a healthier, more fulfilling, energetic life? Do you wanna be healthy enough to enjoy your grandkids and possibly see them get married and have kids? OR Is your goal to fit into those certain size jeans, no matter the cost on your health?
I’ll let you in on a little secret—if you focus on the prior, you’re gonna automatically be able to fit in those jeans!
So, let’s dive in to a common misconception about supplements—some people don’t like taking nutritional supplements, but often, that’s because they don’t understand what is really in their supplements—and THIS IS EVERYTHING. Know what you are consuming and what you are allowing in your body—is it organic & harvested from a reliable source? Is it a pure, unadulterated product? Is the company ethical?
Yes, you can find just about anything on Amazon—but, make sure you do your research—just like food, if it’s fast and cheap, you need to be very selective! Every year tens of millions of dollars in counterfeit nutritional supplements are sold online, so always keep the in mind—and if you ever see a supplement that costs much less than others in the same category there’s always a reason why—be careful.
Typically, health supplements are concentrates of vitamins, minerals, herbs & whole foods. These nutritional supplements provide what your body is lacking—(more on this in a minute…) or help to remove what you have too much of—like toxins. Side note—did you know that most pharmaceutical drugs are originally derived from PLANTS—aka whole foods, herbs that have vitamins, minerals—sound familiar? You can read more about it HERE.
I digress. The truth is you’re body does NOT have a storage place for an endless supply of vitamins and nutrients.
There is no “reserve tank” of vitamins—if you’re not consuming them, you don’t benefit from them.
But, let’s also remind ourselves—supplementation is NOT a replacement. You can only be healthy if FIRST we eat and drink properly, and get as much nutrition as possible from fresh, whole foods.
We can’t eat like crap and consume “food” with ingredients in them that we can’t even pronounce—ps…if you can’t pronounce it, chances are, it ani’t good for you. Tip: A good way to teach your kiddos about nutrition too—have them read the ingredients label on the back of a bag of chips or a can of ravioli and see if the can pronounce the words. If they can’t, I will let them know that it’s not a “healthy choice”.
We can’t keep our bad habits and think we’ll make up for it by stalling pills or drinking a shake—nor can we expect our kids to be healthy if we don’t first lead by example. The fact is, our bodies won’t even be able to use the supplements very well if we’re not already eating well and taking care of ourselves. So bottom line, if you’re looking for a quick fix—for some magic supplement, so pill, shake or patch, that’s gonna make you healthy without having to put in some effort on your part—my advice would be to don’t waste your money.
Don’t try to the short cuts when it comes to your health—your health is truly and investment. You can either invest in quality food an supplements or you’ll be forced to invest in pills and doctor bills—choose wisely!
And just another nugget for you—If you’re still not a believer—there are thousands of research studies showing the efficiency of using high-quality supplements to live a healthier and longer life. Also, keep in mind that the reason you’re probably not aware of or see any TV commercials about the many benefits supplements can help with is because unless pharmaceutical companies can patent a vitamin, extract or nutrient (aka make $$ off of it), your medical doctor will most likely never recommend one. It’s sad, but conventional medicine aka our medical doctors are never educated about the proven benefits of supplements. Healthcare is a business—and unfortunately, the system is in the business of making money, not keeping you healthy.
These are a few of my favorite supplements: