Vitamins are a huge industry and big money-maker here in the United States, but are they necessary? Can we not, and should we not, get our vitamins and minerals from food?
I often get asked this question, and a lot of people want to know what I’m taking and why. So let’s address that shall we?
When the world was first created, our food was perfect and supplied all of our needs. After the fall of man things changed and the ground became “cursed”, we had to toil in the fields for our food. After the flood, things may have changed even more – plants may not have resurfaced in certain areas, the ground was changed yet again.
And then we humans have done our own damage to the ground we walk on, the same ground that feeds the food we then eat. Whether it’s plant or vegetable matter, all of our food gets its nutrients from the stores in the ground. And our modern-day agriculture has damages this precious source of nutrients quite drastically in just the last 50-100 years. Most soil no longer has the same amount of vitamins and minerals as it once did. And the soil is artificially fertilized with less absorb-able synthetic minerals.
I highly believe that whole foods is the foundation for good health, yet I and many other whole food fanatics still take supplements. And the amount that I take has grown and changed over the years. Yet, how can I justify it? I mean, even my husband asked me at dinner the other night why I feel it’s acceptable to take pills for nutrients.
I feel that in a perfect world, we wouldn’t need them. People who have always eaten and stayed on a nutrient rich, whole foods diet probably don’t need them. But my body has been damaged by 25 years of eating a standard american diet. I went through phases of starving myself to lose weight, I was on the birth control pill for 4 years – my body just doesn’t work like it should and I’m still in the process of healing. So for that reason I take supplements based on my particular symptoms as well as a pre-natal vitamin.
What to look for:
When you’re looking for supplements, the biggest thing to look for is one made from whole foods.many times these will be listed as “raw” or “whole foods based”. Of course, many still have issues, like vitamin A being plant-based and not animal based, maybe folic acid is used instead of the natural based folate. But they will be miles better than regular vitamins.
And you can also look to herbs for vitamins and minerals as well – this way you truly are using whole foods!
A simple whole foods pre-natal is a great choice for those trying to conceive, but if you have deeper issues that need healing I would highly suggest you consult a naturopath, chiropractor, or holistic health counselor who uses nutritional response testing and/or can look at your symptoms and best “prescribe” certain supplements. I’ve had great luck going this route, and the supplements were tailored to my specific issues, allowing for healing.
What am I taking now? Well…… I’m currently healing and building after a miscarriage and seem to have some thyroid issues going on (and I’m working with a naturopath), but I take a raw prenatal, cod liver oil, vitamin C, desiccated adrenal and ovary, calcium/magnesium, and iodine. I don’t always take all of these and I’m looking to get back to taking just the prenatal, fish oil, and calcium/magnesium. But in the short-term, my body needs the extra nutrients.
What are your thoughts on supplements?