The question often comes up, “Do we need to take supplements if we eat a good diet?”
I’m afraid there is not straight answer to this question because as many different people there are in the world, well, that is how many unique and individual internal make-ups and metabolisms there are! Therefore, each individual’s nutritional needs will be quite different!
There are several questions you can ask yourself however, that should influence your decision to use supplements or not:
Are you under extra stress?
Do you live in a polluted environment?
Do you drink water that contains chlorine and sodium fluoride?
Do you smoke or live/work with a smoker?
Do you work under fluorescent lighting?
Do you drink more than four cups of tea/coffee per day?
Are you using drugs (prescription or otherwise)? For example, smoking marijuana uses vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc, and many prescribed drugs use nutrients in the body!
Do you drink alochol?
Do you use oral contraceptives?
Does your energy level fluctuate despite a nourishing whole-food diet?
Do you eat non-organic foods daily?
Are you recovering from a cold, illness, or surgery?
Do you suffer from allergies?
If you’ve answered YES to just ONE of these questions, you should be supplementing your daily diet with extra nutrients! Believe it or not, these factors greatly use up our micronutrient supply which our bodies need to function and grow!
We have compiled a basic list of daily supplementation that can be taken to keep up with the body’s needs. You may want to add other nutrients (such as zinc) or antioxidants (such as selenium).
Vitamin A helps to protect the body from lead poisoning, chemical preservatives, and effects of fluorescent lights!
Men and women should take 5,000 IU, but it is important to only supplement vitamin A as BETA CAROTENE, as other forms may be toxic!
Vitamin C is a powerful neutralizer of environmental poisons, and helps protect the body from the damaging effects of stress!
Men and women should consume 1,000-3,000 milligrams daily.
B Complex contains all of the B vitamins which help to protect the nervous system from excessive stress. It is important to take a good quality B complex daily that contains at least:
1.5 milligrams of B1
1.7 milligrams of B2
20 milligrams of B3
50 milligrams of B5
2 milligrams of B6
400 micrograms of B9 (Folic Acid)
6 micrograms of B12
50 milligrams of choline and inositol
Along with PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid, an antioxidant vitamin)
Vitamin E (natural) is an antioxidant which prevents oxidation and increases the oxygen in the cells. It also protects the body from the effects of carbon monoxide, lead, strontium-90, drugs, and preservatives in food!
Men and women should take 200 IU and gradually increase to 400-800 IU over the following 2-3 months.
Kelp Granules protect against radioactivity and provides all of the essential minerals our bodies need! They are quite phenomenal!
Take 2 teaspoons daily.
Lecithin neutralizes poisons in the body by binding and eliminating them!
Take 2 teaspoons of lecithin granules daily.
The suggested dose above is a maintenance dose only, so you may find you need more or less (as everyBODY is different!) Most of the supplements, especially Vitamins C, A, and E, can be used in larger doses to avoid illness in times of exceptional stress. For example, up to 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C will keep the body functioning, however, if you are coming down with a cold or are especially stressed, 3,000 - 5,000 milligrams will have a noticeable therapeutic action and will help with colds and infections!
These basic guidelines are a great place to start if you are making a healthier lifestyle change, or are influenced by any of the factors above. Once you figure out what works for your body best, you can add more or less supplements along with a healthy diet to insure optimal health and wellness! We encourage everyone to do your research and find out what really works for you!