Your body is able to easily absorb nutrients and vitamins from actual whole foods (go figure!). However many people don’t realize mass produced fruits and vegetables aren’t as nutritious as they once were. This is partially due to soil degradation, pollution and the reality of mass production as a whole. Think about it, most of the fresh produce you buy at a grocery store has ripened on a shelf, truck or somewhere in transit. That’s why we’re such firm believers in buying local, shopping at farmers markets and growing some of your own food if you have the time and space!
Something else people don’t generally associate with nutrition are the stressors we face and chemicals we unknowingly consume while living in the 21st century. Stress and toxic chemicals lead to the depletion of our body’s vitamins and nutrients. Factoring in all of these outside elements, arguably our body’s need more nutrients than ever before!
*To read more about living consciously in the 21st century, download our free ebook Healthy People Healthy Planet.
REAL FOOD NUTRIENTS
Nutrients are only natural if they remain contained within their original foods. Singular vitamins or minerals (even if grouped together) don’t qualify as natural and neither do man-made chemicals. Your body is used to absorbing and pulling vitamins from actual food, not synthetic pills.
IS IT REALLY “NATURAL”?
Most vitamins sold are not from whole foods – they are synthetically made, even if they say “natural” on the bottle. These are not the same chemical or structural form as vitamins from food. No matter what the bottle says, nutrients in these forms are not natural to our body.
The problem doesn’t stop there. Most synthetic supplements contain some nasty ingredients and are made or processed with:
- Petroleum and coal tar derivatives
- Hydrogenated sugars processed with carcinogens such as formaldehyde, cyanide and nickel.1
Look for the Certified Organic symbol to know whether your supplement is really from food versus synthetics and fortified yeast supplements.
HOW TO CHOOSE A NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT
When choosing a nutritional supplement, be sure to read labels and ask these questions:
- Does it only contain whole food ingredients?
- Is it free from synthetic ingredients, binders or fillers?
- Are the ingredients organic, vegan, and non-GMO?
- Is it free of yeast?
- Does it contain any added colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives?
Of course we have to brag a little bit about the fact that our PureFood powders check off all the points above ???? not to mention our A to Z, B, C and Iron all come in BPA free glass jars that are tinted to protect the nutrient density, our entire product line is made and packaged in Canada, and our products were formulated by a Naturopathic Doctor with over 25 years of clinical experience in Vancouver, BC (Dr. David Wang).
But remember you can’t out supplement a poor diet. Always listen to your body, if you don’t feel good after taking your nutritional supplement, it’s probably time to switch it up! For more information about picking the healthiest supplements, read: Your vitamins might be doing more harm than good.
Have an in depth product question for Dr. David or our in house Holistic Nutritionist Kari? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1 McGartland CP, Robson PJ, et al. Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Bone Mineral Density: The Northern Ireland Young Hearts Project. Am J ClinNutr, 2004;80(4):1019-1023