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Healthy Eating isnt Enough, You Need Supplements, Real Health Part 3


The next step on your road to real health is supplements. And I'm not talking about one multivitamin a day either. Exactly what you take is up to you, but you need to get in the habit of taking quite a few pills or powders every day. In this article I'm going to lay out the case for supplements.

You might be thinking, why supplement? By now, you should be eating more good food, fruits and vegetables, drinking more water, getting sunlight, and eating more whole grain foods. You should also be reading labels on food to avoid health-robbing ingredients. However, two factors work against you being able to get all the nutrients you need just from the food you eat.

The first is soil depletion. Our farmers do produce a lot of food. However, the minerals in the soil, that the plants take up through their roots and then pass on to us, have been depleted. In medieval times, farmers would let a field lie fallow for one or two growing seasons. This allowed the soil to replenish itself. These days, this is not feasible. The plants do grow, of course, due to the use of either chemical or organic fertilizers.

These plants grow and are healthy and good for you to eat. However, they often lack the minerals you need or have reduced amounts of them. So, to get all the you need, you would need to eat a lot of them. This is the second factor. In prehistoric times, people walked and gathered and ate, all day. They took in a lot of calories and expended a lot.

You however, have other things to do. It has been estimated for you to get all the nutrients you need on a daily basis, you would have to eat 10,000 calories a day. You'd be eating all day and you'd obviously gain weight. This is not practical at all in today's world.

Supplements get their nutrients from whole foods. Vegetables, microalgae, grain, fruits, and other healthy foods are dried and combined, either in powder form or pill form. This makes it relatively easy to get the nutrients you need, without having to spend all day eating.

Barbara Pfieffer writes about gaining real health on her blog, Real Health.


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Omega-3 Supplements Have No Benefit For Cognitive Decline -- Study
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Irish Medical Times

Supplements, Exercise Fail to Improve Cognitive Function
Medscape
A physical activity program and nutrient supplementation interventions failed to improve cognitive function and lower the risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia, according to two new studies. In one trial, led by Kaycee M. Sink, MD, from ...
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Lompoc Record

Study: Easy does it on Vitamin D supplements for obese teens
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"After three months of having vitamin D boosted into the normal range with supplements, these teenagers showed no changes in body weight, body mass index, waistline, blood pressure or blood flow," Kumar said. "We're not saying the links between vitamin ...



Male eating disorder? New report on workout supplements
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Theodore recently co-wrote a paper with psychologist Richard Achiro to study whether the use of dietary supplements such as protein powders, creatine and other performance- and muscle-enhancing boosters contribute to unhealthy eating habits — and ...



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This Supplement May Save Seniors from Falls
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Furthermore, those individuals who received the supplements reported a lower rate of falls than their counterparts who only received a placebo. Additional investigation is needed to validate the vitamin D intervention's reduction in falls, but this ...



The Inquisitr

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FDA cracks down on dietary supplements
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In April this year, the FDA expanded its policy of restricting the sale of adulterated dietary supplements containing untested additives. Many of the substances targeted are dangerous and worthy of restriction. The synthetic additive DMAA is one such ...



Newsmax

ISU researcher examines how supplements, resistance training improve muscle ...
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Duluth News Tribune

Multivitamins and supplements: To take or not to take?
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For some people, however, taking certain supplements may be the best way to get nutrients they may be lacking through diet. So, Harguth cautions, it's important to understand the exact impact supplements will have on your body before getting out your ...
Lowdown on taking vitamins, supplementsWatertownDailyTimes.com

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Newsweek

Omega 3 is still good for the brain. But 'fish oil supplements just don't cut it.'
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Consumers may want to rethink popping fish oil pills if they're hoping those supplements full of omega-3 fatty acids will keep their brains healthy. A new study--one of the largest and longest in duration of its kind--finds that taking omega-3 ...
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