Whole Foods just aren't cutting it anymore

You don’t like where you are in life. You want to make a change and decide you are going to start by improving your diet. You want to get more reconnected where your food comes from, GREAT IDEA! You start hanging around a bit more in the produce section of your grocery store. Your dishes become a bit more colorful and creative and you even begin to start to lose some weight. However, you notice your energy levels are still down or that you seem to be getting sick a bit too commonly for someone who is eating so healthy. 

Although you may be making better food choices, the food still is not as rich in minerals and nutrients as it should be. This is a downward spiraling trend that has gone on over the past 70 years. Although we throw out billions of pounds of food each year, farmers are called upon to grow so much produce that the soil has no time to reset. Without the brakes between crop cycles, soil doesn't get any time to replenish. 

Another player to the depletion of nutrients and minerals in your produce is the use of pesticides and fertilizers.

What are your options? you could buy organic and shop locally at your farmers market or you could try supplementing. The definition of a supplement is, “add an extra element or amount to”. Your normal diet should never change when you are supplementing and supplements should only be taken when necessary. Although supplements help provide you obtain the full potential of your diet you still can't beat eating whole foods.

One of the number one minerals missing in diets today is magnesium. Found in foods such as nuts, leafy greens (spinach, kale), fish, and avocados. A few signs of someone lacking in magnesium would be irritability, anxiety, depression, and muscle soreness. I eat as wholesome of a diet as anybody however with the amount of intermittent fasting and exercise I perform I love keeping a magnesium supplement around to avoid fatigue as well as muscle soreness. 

Bug protein is also a great source of magnesium! Listen to my podcast with Cricket Farmer Joe Skipper!

Those who have tried to lower the amount of red meat in their diet and switch to a vegetarian and vegan diet usually suffer from a vitamin b12 deficiency. The foods richest in vitamin b12 are red meats, seafood (shellfish, salmon, cod), and animal organs. Without a steady flow of b12 in your diet, you will start to experience a fatigue, weakness, cognitive difficulties, and on the extreme end jaundice. 

However with a supplement market with very little oversight from the FDA, it is hard to figure out if the supplement you purchase actually has the nutritional benefits you are looking for. So for you, b12 shoppers make sure your b12 supplement has some methylcobalamin. The methyl rather than the cyanocobalamin supplement is much more easily absorbed by our bodies.

My most avidly used supplement would have to be MCT oil. MCT oil is found in products such as whole milk yogurt, cheese, and butter but is found most abundantly in coconut or palm kernel oil. MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides and a fatty acid that is easily absorbed and metabolized by the liver for energy. 

Why do I supplement with MCT’s? Because they consist almost entirely of saturated fat. Over the past 50 years, there has been a campaign against dietary fats. However new studies have shown that a diet rich in saturated fats doesn't actually lead to increases in cardiovascular disease such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, or hypertensive heart disease. 

MCT’s are probably the best way to supplement with saturated fat because it comes in many friendly forms such as powders or oils that can be added, to coffee, cooking, smoothing,  baking, or anything you’d like really. I myself will throw MCT oil on everything I find it enhances the taste of whatever I pair it with. 

What are the three things necessary for a good dish? Acid, salt, and fat! Listen to the episode titled just that, with Michelin Star educated chef Storm McGowan.

A substantial extent of our cells, muscles, and tissue is comprised of amino acids, which means they do numerous vital real capacities, for example, giving cells their structure. They likewise assume a key part in the vehicle and the capacity of supplements. Amino acids have an impact on the capacity of organs, organs, ligaments and supply routes. They are moreover fundamental for recuperating wounds and repairing tissue, particularly in the muscles, bones, skin and hair and additionally for the expulsion of a wide range of waste stores created regarding the digestion system.

Just like the soil being depleted of nutrients other outside factors such as pollutants from fossil fuels in the air, over uses of fertilizers in the soil, and poor social habits such as smoking or drinking negatively hinder the way our bodies absorb and use amino acids.

Normally consumed as pre workout for bodybuilders and trainers, BCAA’s (Brach Chain Amino Acids), is an amino acid supplement that doesn't just help give you a solid boost of energy in the gym but it also helps enhances your own cells capability synthesize proteins. 

The only constant in life is change and change isn't limited to select entities but everything. Nothing last forever. Not our bodies, not the soil, not the rock we are hurling on through the cosmos. With the food we eat becoming less abundant with the key nutrients and minerals we need to fuel our bodies,  genetically modified food developed with rich vitamins and minerals still being expensive supplementation is your best bet to supply your body with nutrients that are lacking. 

Again no one is saying you should strictly eat supplements or maybe you should. Maybe you do get everything you need from whole foods but then again every, "you" is different. "You!" need to get out and figure out how your body works and discover what nutrients your body is lacking in. You know your bus best now go find out what kind of fuel it needs.