I am often asked, “Why do I need to take supplements? Shouldn’t I be able to get all of the nutrition I need from food?”
I could talk about this subject for hours, (in fact I do, for 25 hours, in the course I teach called Therapeutic Nutrition and Supplements in Practice), but here I’ve discussed a few key reasons some people might want to consider taking supplements.
Reasons for taking supplements
- Food isn’t like it used to be: The second a food is harvested, the nutrients begin to degrade. This is why it is always beneficial to look for local foods. One-hundred years ago almost all food was local. Now, it is possible to get foods from the other side of the world.
- Digestive issues: Most clients I see have some sort of digestive issue. If you go into any drug store you are sure to find multiple products for digestive issues. Our digestive tract is where we break down the food we eat and absorb it. If this system is not working, we won’t absorb all of the nutrition in the food.
- Detoxifying chemicals: Our liver detoxifies chemicals that enter the body. The liver does this using a complicated enzyme system that break down the toxins into harmless substances. The enzymes require nutrients to carry out their job. Therefore, the more toxins we consume, the more nutrients we need. Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, larvacides, hormones, and antibiotics from non-organic foods, require more nutrition to detoxify.