Clean Eating {step 7} Whole Food Supplements

 

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. 

clean eating 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.

1375262_10200750580305551_850121249_n

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. 

vita lea

I also really like this video called Why Supplement.

Do you supplement?  Have you tested your vitamin before?  Do you feel better with it?

all in one vita strip 2

*** be sure to email me at claireshealthyhome(at)gmail(dot)com to get my latest Shaklee special

 

 

vitamin test

How natural are your supplements? Follow this simple test to find out.

Do you know how natural your vitamin is?  Did you know that can do a super simple test at home with your multi-vitamin to see how effective it is?

simple vitamin test

Doctor Oz did this test on his segment of Vitamins & Supplements to test if a vitamin or supplement is effective by heating the pill in a vinegar bath.  Dr Oz said since most vitamins or supplements are not supposed to be slow release, you can do this test at home to check to see if your body can actually absorb the vitamins or supplements that you take.  I like this test best because the vinegar mimics the acid in our stomachs, so if the supplement does not dissolve in the vinegar, then they will not dissolve in our stomach either. 

Vinegar Test for Vitamins & Supplements

1.  Warm a small pot of vinegar until it is 98 degrees.

2.  Add your Vitamin to the warm vinegar.

3.  Let the Vitamin sit for 30 minutes – if it dissolves, then your body has a chance to absorb it, otherwise time to buy some new supplements!

I picked 5 different brands to test.  My son did it with me and used it for his science research project.

100_4067

We used vinegar and heat in the microwave to get as close to 98 degrees as possible.

100_4070

100_4073

This picture below is just a few minutes are the multivitamins were dropped in.

100_4075

100_4076

Notice the ‘stuff’ floating on top of some?  They never dissolved fully.  Yuck!  Centrum was actually bubbling and fizzing.  Notice also the coloring of the water.  This is coloring additives.

There are two basic kinds of vitamins;  synthetic and natural.  Synthetic means developed and natural is as it sounds…from phytonutrients. 

BUT be careful of the ‘natural’ label.  Many are not using 100% phytonutrients and also may be heat processed and will greatly diminish the nutrients.

I use the Shaklee brand due to the purity of the vitamin.  Chemicals and fillers are not something I would pay to put directly in my body. 

Give this a try at home.  Test your multivitamin and let us know the results here in the comments or on facebook.

Claire

Vitalea by Shaklee