Supplements-Yes or No?

I get asked a lot about my thoughts on vitamins and what vitamins do I recommend. I always say the same thing, I don’t actually take vitamins (except a little vitamin D per my doctor) because I believe in getting my nutrients naturally the way nature intended them through whole foods. Many people use vitamin supplements to round out their diet and this in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing, provided you know what you are doing, have been advised by a medical professional to do so and use a good quality supplement.

If not, BE FOREWARNED, it’s not nice to mess with Mother Nature. When nutrients are isolated in the form of vitamin supplements we can over “medicate” for lack of a better term. If the vitamin is water soluble like vitamin C, and we take too much, because when we supplement we can absolutely take more than our bodies can use, we excrete the excess vitamins through our urine and derive no benefit. If however, the vitamin is fat soluble, a buildup can occur in our cells and become toxic. (Some vitamin supplements can adversely interact with certain medications, so if adding new supplements to your diet, please consult your health provider.) However, no one ever developed cellular toxicity as a result of eating too many apples or too much kale. When nutrients are absorbed by our bodies in their natural state, they are absorbed and processed efficiently and in a safe way. As such, as stated previously, I am a HUGE fan of supplementing through whole natural foods. To that end, I have recently come to support a product known as Juice+ which is a whole food supplement comprised of 17 different fruits, vegetables, grains and 9 berries rich in antioxidants which is excellent in supporting cardiovascular health. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables will proactively support your efforts to attain better health, a stronger immune system and a more fulfilling life. While Juice+ is by no means a substitute for eating a well balanced diet it is an excellent way to bridge the gap between what we should eat and what we do eat and is especially beneficial for those “picky” eaters who shy away from fruits or veggies. The Juice+ product is gluten free, kosher certified and vegetarian and vegan safe.

Juice+ is one of the most thoroughly researched supplements on the market and is recommended by pediatricians across the country. Juice+ believes so strongly in the benefits of this program that they offer it children ages 4-18 for free for up to one year as part of a children’s study.

Supplementation is a hot topic for most people, so please stay tuned for further discussion on supplements. If interested in learning more about Juice+, Please contact Beth at beth@theregalfig.com.

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