To Supplement or Not to Supplement
That is the Question!






The dietary supplement industry is second only to the pharmaceutical industry when it comes to pushing pills. Your doctor will often prescribe a pill for this, a drug for that and seldom focus on the detrimental and potential deadly side effects of the medication (you have to watch a TV commercial for that!). Your druggist will always provide a written description of the drug and often will offer to explain potential side effects. Seldom if ever will they discuss potential drug interactions with either prescribed medications or over the counter drugs you may be taking. That can often present a Deadly Problem, so be cautious!

Then there are the vitamins and other 'food' supplements. The industry is massive. Just walk down the grocery/pharmacy isle. Go to a local vitamin shop, or drug store. There are hundreds, no Thousands of supplements, vitamins and all sorts of stuff marketed to help make you healthy.

So do you need the drugs? Do you need the supplements? What about the Vitamins?

Prescription Drugs


Like I have said previously, we are NOT medical or pharmacological practitioners. (have to say that!). That being said, there are often good reasons to take some of these things. If you do have a medial condition, by all means take the prescription drugs that you doctor prescribes. You can still question the efficacy, interaction and effectiveness of the prescribed medications!

Many people who stick to a Whole Food Plant Based diet and lifestyle, begin to regain their natural health and rebuild their immune systems such that they no longer need many of the mediation previously prescribed. That includes insulin for diabetes two patients, those suffering from arthritis and high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more. Always check with your doctor to see if you can reduce or eliminate your current drug regime.

Supplements


Supplements come in such a wide variety and purpose, it is difficult to even count how many and whether they are effective, actually good for you or even needed at all. You can ask your doctor, but they will probably not know what you are talking about as it is impossible for anyone to understand all the stuff that is out there. In general, if you are eating a whole food plant based diet and living a corresponding lifestyle, you probably do NOT need supplements.

We do take several suppliments, more as an 'insurance policy' rather than a need.  But better save than sorry.  Then again, we do a lot of hiking and get some strains and pulls when exercising.  Suppliments can help overcome these minor aches and pains.

Then there are those who are battling deadly diseases like cancer.  For those (and I speak from experience) suppliments can provide that extra healing boost that will help fight disease and heal your body faster.

Below are some of the products that we use and/or have confidence that they are the 'Best of Breed' when it comes to nutritional supplimentation.

Nutritional Suppliments

Some of the powdered supplements are sold as sources of protein. You can get all the protein your body needs (even for extreme athletes) from natural plant protein without resorting to powdered protein that is often full of whey (a discard from cheese making – they had to do something with it!).  There are many good sources of Plant Protein, Vitamins and Minerals if you like to suppliment your diet. Added to smoothies or juices (fresh) they can add essential nutrients for those on the go, fighting illness or as meal replacements for those 'on the go'.  The one we currently suggest and use, almost daily is:

Organic LIVfit Superfood Blend with Protein is the ultimate superfood! It is an incredible combination of fruits, vegetables, vegan proteins, prebiotics, B vitamins and fiber that has been shown to enhance muscle mass, increase energy, improve cognitive function, encourage digestive health, boost the immune system and fight off aging oxidation of cells in your body. LIVfit Superfood Blend will enhance all of your favorite foods with super nutrition. Simply add to your morning shake, smoothie, juice, yogurt or cereal for a quick nutritional boost.



  Omega-3

In addition, many people just don't get enough of healthy fats in their diets.  Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that can be beneficial to your health. Often adding a suppliment can help offset a dietary deficiency; but NEVER use fish oils; way too contaminated.  There are healthy plant based Omega-3 suppliments you can try. Below are a couple of recommended supplimental foods we use frequently:



BOOST COGNITION & CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH: Omega-3 fatty acids are pretty awesome - they have been shown to reduce inflammation and may help support cardiovascular health. High concentrations of Omega-3 fatty acids are found in the brain and appear to have a role in memory, cognition and mood. Recent research suggests that Omega-3 fatty acids may even tackle the damaging effects of pollution.

SUSTAINABLY SOURCED ALGAL OIL: Nested Naturals Vegan Omega-3 is proudly made from vegan algal oil. Fish get their DHA and EPA by eating tiny plants floating around in the ocean - marine algae - making fish a sort of Omega-3 middleman. Why not go directly to the plant source? Our marine algae is grown sustainably on a farm, not harvested from the ocean, which allows us to tightly control the purity and quality.

BIOAVAILABLE & POTENT VEGAN OMEGA-3: The algal oil in Vegan Omega-3 includes DHA and EPA naturally. Your body can easily obtain full nutritional benefit without the need for any additional chemical processing. This is not the case with Omega-3 supplements made from flaxseed oil. Flax is full of ALA, which the body can't easily convert to the Omega-3 fatty acids that people most need--DHA and EPA.

Vitamin and Suppliments

Now to vitamins. We ALL need vitamins but mostly they come from the FOOD you consume; if you are eating a healthy diet! Getting your vitamins, amino acids and minerals and the rest is ALWAYS best to receive them naturally with the high fiber a plant based diet provides.

That being said, much of our land has been depleted from over-farming and extremely poor practices of mono-farming (where the same crop is grown in the same ground year after year). The massive use of non-organic chemical fertilizers make the plants look good but cannot in any way provide the same nutrient complex of a good healthy soil. Pesticides, used in massive amounts with GMO farming just make matters worse.

So, to insure that you DO get the best available mix of vitamins, minerals and such, it is a good idea to take a supplemental vitamin complex. Vitamin B12 is a necessary vitamin missing in strictly plant based diets; except for supplemental enrichment of many plant-based foods. In fact, most animal foods, that used to contain this essential vitamin no longer do; because of the nature of factory farming techniques that feed animals an unnatural feed devoid of the dirt and bacteria they would otherwise consume in a natural habitat (B12 is created by organisms in the soil, NOT by the animal).

There are so many vitamin supplements on the market it is difficult to figure out which one to take. Your doctor will probably tell you just to take a 'multivitamin' and be done with it. But not all vitamins are the same. Some are chemically derived, others extracted from natural sources.

We have long been a fan of NOW Pharmeceutical brand of vitamins and suppliments.  Try Adam for men and Eve for Women:

 




Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin) is a water soluble vitamin necessary for the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and for the metabolic utilization of fats and proteins.  Vitamin B-12 is also essential for the synthesis of DNA during cell division and therefore essential for the synthesis of DNA during cell division and therefore is especially important for rapidly multiplying cells, such as blood cells.  In addition, adequate intake of Vitamin B-12, along with Folic Acid and Vitamin B-6, encourages healthy serum homocysteine levels, thereby supporting cardiovascular health.  Because Vitamin B-12 is found predominantly in animal products, strict vegetarians are at risk of developing Vitamin B-12 deficiency and may benefit from supplementation.*  







Now has combined iodine and tyrosine, the two integral constituents necessary for the synthesis of thyroid secretions
The minerals selenium, zinc and copper have also been added as cofactors needed for normal thyroid function
Thyroid energy contains the ayurvedic herbal extracts from guggul and ashwagandha to complement its nutritional support components

Vitamin B-6 (from Pyridoxine HCl) 2 mg 100% Folate (as Folic Acid) 400 mcg 100% Vitamin B-12 (as Methylcobalamin) 60 mcg 1000% Iodine (from Potassium Iodide) 225 mcg 150% Zinc (from L-OptiZinc® - Zinc L-Methionine Complex) 25 mg 167% Selenium (from L-Selenomethionine) 50 mcg 71% Copper (from Copper Amino Acid Chelate) 1 mg 50% L-Tyrosine (Free-Form) 1 g (1,000 mg) †  Guggul (Commiphora mukul) (Gum Resin)   Standardized Extract (min. 2.5% Guggulsterones) 75 mg †  Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) (Root)   Standardized Extract (min. 2.5% Withanolides) 50 mg †  Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Cellulose Powder, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Silica. Not manufactured with wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients.


100% Vegan Registered with AVA - This Vitamin D3 is made with Vitashine, a plant-based vitamin D made from lichen - a natural source of vegan D3.

Essential Benefits - Supports bone health, Healthy Immune System, and Cardiovascular Function. A 2008 study showed that D3 can also help fight depression! Calcium Absorption - Vegan D3 supports the absorption of calcium, promoting Healthy Bones and Teeth.

We also ensure every one of our products are certified Gluten-Free. NO GMOs.



The health benefits of vitamin K2 go far beyond blood clotting, which is done by vitamin K1, and vitamin K2 also works synergistically with a number of other nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D. Its biological role is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth.

Vitamins K2 & D3 were simply meant to be together. Most people know the benefits of Vitamin D (maintaining strong bones, immune system support, healthy muscle function, etc.), but many don't realize that Vitamin D NEEDS Vitamin K2 to maximize it's benefits. So, if you're fighting Vitamin D deficiency, you need to supplement Vitamin K2 as well.

MK-7 vitamin K2 contains a highly biologically active form of vitamin k2 derived from non-GMO natto.
Vitamin K2 and its dependent proteins have been discovered to be of vital importance for bone and vascular health.
These vitamin k2-dependent proteins are now known to play pivotal roles in the physiology of bone mineralization.




Rose hips contain the seeds of the rose plant. Dried rose hips and the seeds are used together to make medicine. Fresh rose hips contain a lot of vitamin C, so they share many uses with vitamin C including preventing and treating colds, flu, and vitamin C deficiencies.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps support the immune system and helps neutralize free radicals in the body.

Vitamin C is helpful to maintain the health of blood vessels, bones, teeth, skin and cartilage, according to the National Institutes of Health. It also helps to protect the body's cells from damage and is known for its antioxidant properties. Rose hips are also useful in boosting and maintaining the body's immune system, due to their high vitamin C content.




Melatonin, also known as N-acetyl-5-methoxy tryptamine, is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in animals and regulates sleep and wakefulness. Melatonin is also produced in plants where it functions as a first line of defense against oxidative stress.

Melatonin is a strong antioxidant (often it is called scavenger of free radicals), which protects the body from the effects of noxious compounds. Therefore it was hypothesized that the reduction of melatonin levels with age contributes to the aging process.

High Potency - Premium Quality
Helps Regulate Sleep Cycle*
Vegetarian Formula





Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.
  • boosting immune system.
  • preventing and treating urinary tract infections.
  • improving digestive function.
  • healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS (4)
  • managing and preventing eczema in children.
  • fighting food-borne illnesses.

Probiotics - No Dairy, Gluten, GMOs or Soy
5 Billion CFU per Veggie Capsule
Exclusively using FloraFIT® Probiotics by Danisco®
3rd Party Lab Tested to Ensure Quality
Suitable for Vegetarians - Individually Double-Foil Blister Sealed




Made from 100 Percent Pure, Clean Ion-Min Calcium Montmorillonite Clay.  Ion Charged Terramin Mega-Mineral Supplement & Internal Detoxifier/Cleanser, 1-Pound Powder

Add this living clay daily to detox and regenerate every cell with new found nutrition and ionic mineral power
Repair, replace, remineralize all tissue cells. Renew weak digestive systems and relieve heartburn, constipation
To Regenerate or slow aging process requires micro trace minerals but rare in supplements or foods and in Terramin





Eight of the most beneficial Adaptogens in existence: Panax Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Schizandra (also spelled Schisandra), Rhodiola, Maral Root (Rhaponticum), Shatiike Mushroom, Maca, Tulsi (Holy Basil). Plant Based phytonutrients from Chlorella, Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper and TMG. The Amino Acids, Taurine and Tyrosine: Ionic Trace Minerals: Copper Gluconate: Vitamins A, B Complex, C and D3.

This unique nutraceutical supplement combines therapeutic levels of polyphenols from plants: ellagitannins (Ellagic Acid) from Raspberries, Pomegranates and Terminalia Chebula; oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) from whole grape extract; catechins from Green Tea; Graviola; and 7 Plant Based Digestive Enzymes; together with the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and the mineral Selenium to create an extremely potent antioxidant formula.

Our skin care cream is a blend of100% organic Camphor, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Lemon, and Rosemary Essential Oils.Unlike many other products on the market, our product smells good. Itdoes NOT have a medicinal or "athletic" smell.  The ingredients that make up the moisturizing cream are: Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygoalus Dulcis) and Vitamin E.

Grown & Manufactured in the USA using only organic legal hemp plants.
CO2 Extracted to retain the naturally occuring plant ingredients
Contains over 80 cannabinoids as well as terpenes, fatty acids, vitamins and trace minerals.
Emulsified in organic hemp seed oil.

 

Walk or run in the comfort of your own home
Multi-function LED display
Folds down for easy storage
Suitable for users up to 250 lbs

Skip has been using this for a couple of years not.  Great exercise and he has it up agains a standing workstation so he can walk and work.