Not All Nutritional
Supplements Are Made Equal
The Essential Ingredients
So you think you might need a nutritional supplement. If you're
like most people, you won't know what you need, or how much you should pay,
and how to put all the pieces together.
Your body serves you well and you need to serve it equally well!
We live in a fast-paced world where the quality of nutrition is suspect. Research
says we need far more nutrients than we are getting. This is especially true
in trying to counteract all the free radicals we produce just by living in our
present environment. (Very simply put, free radicals are disease-causing elements.)
May I ask you a few questions:
- Are you full of energy?
- Do you feel happy and relaxed
most of the time?
- Are you excited and anxious
to start your day?
A healthy body allows you to carry out your
dreams and gives you freedom. It gives the mobility to go ahead with your day's
activities without discomfort or resistance from stiff muscles, respiratory
problems, allergies, etc. It won't cause you pain and problems.
It also gives you the ability to resist degenerative diseases, to fight allergies,
to reclaim energy and a much more positive outlook on life. It gives you hope.
As a baby, your health was almost perfect. You were exposed to many "opportunities"
yet you caught few colds, and when you did, they were gone quickly. You were
surrounded by lots of disease-causing microorganisms, yet you didn't get sick
What gave you that cover of protection? How could your body handle all these
physical challenges then?
In a nutshell, it was the foods you ate and they in turn "fed" your immune system:
they provided all the nutrients you needed.
So the basic question is: is it possible to eat in such a way again so as to
have a healthy lifestyle? Yes it's possible, but it does take some commitment
and maybe some changes.
For a healthy lifestyle, we need certain nutrients to keep us going and our
bodies can't manufacture these. You need a balance of certain vitamins and minerals
plus several other elements, including some known as bioflavonoids. This balanced
mixture feeds your cells and THAT is how you get proper cell function.
Current research tells us that because of environmental
challenges, including pollution and stress, our foods don't contain all that
So in order to have the right "mixture", you
need to find the right ingredients, the correct amounts, the precise balance,
and the best form of these ingredients available.
Where can you find:
THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS
National health organizations have determined
that we need 13 organic compounds and 19 inorganic elements for proper cell
function. Because these cells are constantly under siege from free radical damage,
there needs to be something extra to counteract that damage. This is looked
after by another group of elements called antioxidants.
THE CORRECT AMOUNTS
Known as RDAs, they are "Recommended Dietary
Allowances". This is understood to mean that if you ingested this amount of
nutrients, your cells would live and not get scurvy. It would also prevent acute
dietary deficiencies. So if you wanted more than the minimums, you would have
to do some searching. Most nutritional supplement companies only meet these
standards. It is known that you need more.
THE PRECISE BALANCE
Relatively little is known as to how all these
elements work in harmony. However, it is known that some nutrients work better
with some than with others, and some on their own, create more problems. It's
a very complex field that is only now being researched in depth. For "optimum
cellular function" you need the "right combinations".
THE BEST FORM OF THESE INGREDIENTS
Lastly and most importantly there is no point
in taking vitamins and minerals if your body can't use it. It must be of excellent
quality AND be bioavailable. This means that they must be available to your
cells NOW. The body must be able to absorb it into the bloodstream for immediate
If you choose the appropriate supplement, it will: support cellular metabolism
and counteract free radicals damage. That's your basic goal!
Everyday people buy bottles and jars full of
individual nutrients, hoping to strike the "right combination". Because they
don't know what to look for, they fall far short of their objective. On top
of that they have spent a lot of money.
It's tricky to get the right ingredients. Could you put all these concepts together
for yourself? Most people don't want to go to that much trouble. They would
rather leave it up to the experts, so obviously you may want to find these experts
as well. And will it cost an arm and a leg? It shouldn't! Find yourself a trustworthy
company who has YOUR interests at heart. Ask around. I guarantee you will find
some excellent products, with the "right combination" And they won't cost the
earth! You will "pay" for the required research, but nothing like the cost of
getting the incorrect combination in thirty two bottles of products!
Now you that know just what is needed in a nutritional supplement, check out
the one you are taking right now. Does it meet all the requirements to give
you peace of mind? Does it give you the best value for you can afford to pay?
In conclusion, now you know that an effective nutritional supplement should
contain 13 organic compounds and 19 inorganic elements in the "right combinations",
be of excellent quality AND be in a balanced highly bioavailable form. If all
of this is done in a manufacturing facility that meets all the standards for
continuous, rigorous quality control standards, you have a top notch product
that will serve you and your cells well. This will give your cells enough nutrition
to keep your system moving forward: not standing still nor going backwards.
- You will be full of energy!
- You will feel happy and
relaxed most of the time!
- And you'll be excited and
anxious to start your day!
- You will have a productive
day that leads to a fruitful week, which leads to an awesome month, which
can lead to a superb year!
By Karin Henderson - Nurse, Retired.
Nutritional Supplements & Meniere's Disease.
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I have spent many years in different fields
of nursing, including Operating Rooms, Community Health, and Management. I am
now a clinical and classroom college nursing instructor. Because I teach about
the body and its response to illness or degeneration, I provide a different
perspective and information that could link problem conditions to possible solutions.
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