Does your diet make it necessary to supplement? If so, what and how much?
Lifestyle and nutritional habits can leave you deficient in essential nutrients. Even with efforts of eating a little healthier, research shows that chemical-laden and nutrient-deficient foods don’t provide everything our bodies need to reach optimal health. Americans lack adequate nutrient intake. When nutrients are deficient in our diet, we lose energy, are more prone to disease, and can create reactions in our bodies that activate fat storage sensors. When we make small consistent improvements in our nutritional intake, significant health benefits of increased energy, vitality, disease resistance, and excess fat loss begin.
Essential Needs 1, 2 & 3: Clean Macronutrients
Your largest nutritional intake comes from macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats). Research shows that an improvement in the type of macronutrient foods you eat can have a dramatic improvement in your health and weight. According to an April 2015 study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it’s not just calories. It is the TYPE of calories that determine your energy, vitality, and fat percentage levels.
More research from a March 2015 study at a National Food Institute showed that although food chemicals from one or two foods do not immediately harm the body, the “cocktail” effect from our diets can cause a significant increase in risks for disease including heart disease and cancer. Almost every grain, fruit, vegetable and animal meat is exposed to chemicals, genetic modification, pesticides and heavy processing.
Improving your intake of healthy macronutrients by consuming NON-GMO grains and pesticide, chemical-free fruits and vegetables daily can make a considerable impact through improved energy and excess fat reduction. Thousands of studies show that the lower your animal meat intake, the longer your lifespan and help reduce your risk for major diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
The diet and lifestyles of more than 300,000 people in eight countries found that people who ate at least eight portions of fruits and vegetables a day had a 22% lower risk of dying from the leading causes of death than those who ate three portions a day. The average American consumes 1.5 servings a day.
Consume more healthy Non-GMO grains daily. Eat some organic or pesticide/chemical free fruits and vegetables while lowering your meat intake. Focus on eating more proteins from healthy grain and vegetable sources.
Research shows that Non-GMO pesticide-free foods dramatically reduce disease risk. Ensure you are getting some servings of pure unadulterated non-GMO, grains, fruits and vegetables daily by taking either Complete Nutrition Plus (proteins) or the Fruit & Veggie Plus (just fruits and vegetables) formulas. These formulas are Non-GMO, Non-Gluten, Non-Dairy, Soy Free and are nutrient-dense in powdered form.
The foods are freeze dried the same day they are harvested ensuring their nutrient levels remain intact, and they are the purest nutrients grown in organic settings. Take a serving or two of Fruit & Veggie Plus to get the highest amount of antioxidants and phytonutrients proven to neutralize disease-causing free radicals or the Complete Nutrition Plus if you are in need of the cleanest and most balanced source of proteins along with pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Can be taken in place of a meal to aid in fat reduction.
Essential Needs 4: Omega Fatty Acids
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important for the normal functioning of all tissues of the body. Deficiencies in these fatty acids lead to a host of symptoms and disorders including abnormalities in the liver and the kidneys, reduced growth rates, decreased immune function, depression, and dryness of the skin. Adequate intake of the essential fatty acids results in numerous health benefits.
Documented benefits include prevention of atherosclerosis, reduced incidence of heart disease and stroke, relief from the symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis, menstrual pain, and joint pain. Omega-3 fatty acid levels are also associated with decreased breast cancer risk. Most people think of fish oils when it comes to Omega 3 supplementation, but research shows that fish oils can contain mercury and the processing can easily damage the fatty acid structures.
Algae, Flax Seed oil, and borage have shown to provide even higher levels of healthy omega 3 fats (DHA) than fish oils without the heavy processing or mercury problems. Most people don’t know that fish get their omega 3’s from algae. A vegetarian supplement with these ingredients just cuts out the middleman or middle fish, if you would.
Consume more essential fats in your diet from raw organic sources (avocado, flax, olive oil). Optimal EFA is a pure source of EFAs from algae, borage, and flax. The capsule is patented and does not allow any oxidation of the fatty acids, ensuring delivery of pure, unaltered fatty acids to the cellular level. Take 1 capsule twice a day morning and night.
Essential Needs 5 & 6: Food Enzymes & Probiotics
Eating the cleanest macronutrient foods will not do you any good unless the foods are digested down to usable nutrients at the cell level. The non-digestion of foods causes simple issues like bloating to severe disease states when larger molecules of undigested foods get into the bloodstream. Studies dating back to the 1970’s and before have shown the need to add back food enzymes and probiotics to processed and cooked foods to take the stress off of your digestive system.
Enzymes are in all raw foods, and different enzymes digest different macronutrients. The enzymes that digest Proteins (proteases) are different than the ones that digest Carbs (amylases). Knowing the need for supplementation is fairly simple. If the food is cooked or highly processed, the enzymes are destroyed, and your body will give up a tremendous amount of energy to digest it. If it doesn’t digest the food you are not only out of energy, you will usually have bloating and allergy type issues.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that surround your intestinal tract. They act as an immune defense mechanism keeping you disease-free and they help with the digestion and assimilation of nutrients into your bloodstream. Stress, chemicals, acidic foods, sodas and especially antibiotics found in prescriptions and our food supply destroy our friendly flora. Fermented foods like Kefir, Kim Chi, and sour yogurts contain probiotics, but unlike other countries, people in North America don’t eat fermented foods on a daily basis and thus are deficient in friendly flora.
Eat more raw and fermented foods.
Optimal Digestion is the best-selling digestion formula for over 15 years and is the only formula guaranteed to provide every plant-based food enzyme needed to digest all foods in your diet while also helping assimilate the digested foods into the bloodstream through patented acid stable probiotics and ensure their utilization on the cellular level. Take one capsule three times a day with meals. (If your meal is overly processed and cooked, consider taking more capsules with that meal.)