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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.


MORE RESOURCES:

TIME

8 Things You Don't Know About Supplements
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Vitamin and mineral supplements are big business, but their health benefits ...National Post
Vitamin BSThe Atlantic
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Isaac Newton's Nutrient Supplements
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An article just out in today's Atlantic is entitled, provocatively, "Vitamin B.S." This seems to share journalistic DNA with "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements" from the Annals of Internal Medicine, and "Skip the ...



New York AG Fires Round 2 Against Herbal Dietary Supplement Makers
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The office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has targeted four major herbal and dietary supplement manufacturers to produce detailed documentation concerning the authenticity, purity, and marketing of herbal dietary supplements ...

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CBS News

New York expands investigation into herbal supplements
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New York Times (blog)

New York Attorney General Targets Supplements at Major Retailers
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The New York State attorney general's office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves. The authorities said they had ...
Herbal Supplement Controversy: Did NY Investigation Use the Right Tests?Live Science
Americans are ignoring the science and spending billions on dietary supplementsWashington Post (blog)
New York State Clamps Down On Herbal SupplementsNPR (blog)
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More US children doing yoga, taking sleep supplements
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The study also showed a significant increase in the number of children using melatonin supplements as sleep aids. Melatonin is a natural hormone known to play a role in sleep. Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago, and the mind-body ...



Live Science

These 5 Supplements Do Nothing for Alzheimer's, Despite Claims (Op-Ed)
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3, the New York State attorney general's office demanded that four major retailers — GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens — remove certain store-brand herbal supplements from their shelves pending further quality-control measures. DNA testing on the ...



Ithaca Journal

Store-brand health supplements scrutinized
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But little or none of the labeled herbs could be found in certain health supplements sold by four major retailers. The products instead tested for high amounts of contaminants and fillers in a commercial ruse that the New York attorney general's office ...
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EcoWatch

4 Natural Supplements That Are as Powerful as Drugs
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It isn't well known, but may just be the single most powerful supplement on earth. Berberine provides all sorts of health benefits, but is particularly effective at lowering blood sugar levels (1). It is believed to lower blood sugar via numerous ...

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Well | Knowing What's in Your Supplements
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Last week, the New York State attorney general's office uncovered another example of what appeared to be widespread fraud in the dietary supplement industry. The office accused four of the country's biggest retail stores of selling herbal products that ...


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