Our immune system is dependent on an adequate daily intake of a variety of essential nutrients – AND – most of us do not get all of those nutrients from diet alone.
After several weeks in our beginners series, we have been implementing some healthy swaps by now in our grocery trips and meal planning as well as adding in more water and veggies. Like I have said before, just make ONE change at a time if it feels overwhelming to you.
This week we are talking about adding in whole food supplements.
I recommend starting with a multivitamin.
Nothing replaces a healthy clean eating diet. We absolutely get the nutrients we need from real, whole foods.
With that said, my family and I have been making changes right along with you! However, I know that even with all of our clean choices, we are not eating perfectly. I want to make sure that our family is getting the the right amount of nutrients that whole food gives us but I know I don’t hit it all.
I would guess that is true for most of us.
How do you know if your supplement choice is ‘clean’?
Not all supplements are created equal. The reason some believe supplements don’t work, is because, honestly, some don’t. Many choices on the market are synthetic (man-made) or they start out natural and then are heat processed. While these choices certainly won’t hurt you, they definitely won’t help either. Why spend your money on nutrients that never get delivered to your body?
Read the label. Artificial flavors and colors are not nutritious and should not be in a vitamin.
Test the purity. A super simple test that you can do at home right now is to put your vitamin in a small bowl of lukewarm water. If it dissolves completely within 30 min then you can be assured it is dissolving in your body. Another thing to look for is ‘stuff’ floating to the top of the water. Those could be what’s called, fillers. Yuck! I don’t want that stuff in my body.
Look at the this visual to understand the difference.
For our family, we trust the Shaklee brand. I know that they use raw ingredients, no artificial ingredients and no preservatives. Both my husband and I as well as my 2 teen boys take the Vita Lea multivitamin. Plus adding this to our diet helps keep our immune system healthy and therefore, we are sick less. My boys have each only been sick with a minor cold once this whole school year. They are surrounded by kids missing school due to illness and that is just not happening with us.
I also really like this video called Why Supplement.
Do you supplement? Have you tested your vitamin before? Do you feel better with it?
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