Have you ever wondered where your vitamins come from? I must admit that until recently I hadn’t given it alot of thought, until I came across a natural alternative and began doing more research into what exactly goes into our vitamin supplements.
As a wholefoods chef, who’s super passionate about helping people restore their health and maintain optimal wellness using natural, seasonal and local wholefoods, I believe that, with proper nutrition and a few lifestyle changes, our bodies are able to get back into balance and heal themselves.
However, I’m also very aware that more often than not, due to incredibly busy lifestyles, we make it pretty hard for them to do so!
The first step we can take to get out of our own way and give our bodies a chance to thrive is to make sure we get all the vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal health.
Vitamins and minerals are the building blocks of a healthy body and required for virtually every bodily function that occurs.
The main source of vitamins and minerals comes from fruits and vegetables, especially organic, locally grown produce.
Unfortunately, although more and more people are aware of the importance of consuming fruit and vegetables, most of the population still doesn’t get enough of them in their diet.
A research study
was conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and showed that only 5.5% of Australian adults had an adequate daily intake of fruit and vegetables. This is a problem especially for young adults as only 3.4% of persons aged 25-34 years were meeting the government’s dietary guidelines!
In addition, another reason we’re not getting all the necessary nutrients from food is declining soil fertility. Most of the food that we consume today is grown on soils poor in nutrients with little or no humus. The excessive use of artificial fertilisers and other modern practices have led to declining soil fertility. Australian soils, for example, are very poor in zinc and magnesium, so our food is often low in these minerals as well, causing wide spread low-grade zinc and magnesium deficiency.
This is why I supplement my diet with vitamins and minerals, such as Magnesium and Vitamin C as I want to ensure I’m giving my body all it needs to thrive. Supplementing your diet can be especially important if you’re struggling with low immunity or chronic disease.
The problem, however, is that most vitamin supplements on the market are synthetic and often contain additives, fillers, GMO ingredients, soy, hidden MSG, sugar, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and other nasties.
Synthetic vitamins are manufactured in laboratories to mimic the way natural vitamins act in our bodies whereas natural vitamins are derived directly from plant material containing the vitamin, offering the full nutritional benefit of natural whole foods. We need to include a range of macro and micro nutrients in our diet and whole foods do that most naturally and help them to become more bioavailable. Vitamins and minerals act as cofactors in our bodies, they're like a missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle that is essential for our enzymes to work. Enzymes coordinate the thousands of chemical reactions that happen in our cells every day, you can read more about how enzymes work here.
That’s why I’m excited about Nature’s Way
new range of vitamins. The Whole Foods
range is 100% vegan, is derived from natural vegetable extracts and contains no animal products, gluten or lactose.
For example magnesium is an incredible supplement to take as it is a muscle relaxant and is ideal for relieving stress, enabling sleep, muscle recovery post exercise and pre menstrual cramps. Now, instead of taking a large magnesium capsule made in a lab, Nature’s Way have created a Magnesium Powder from natural marine magnesium, organic spinach, quinoa, chlorella and maca, which delivers 325mg of elemental magnesium per serve. It’s a lot better than taking a synthetic pill.
The range also includes Vitamin C sourced from vitamin C rich fruits such as camu and acerola, Vitamin D3 from Lichen which is one of the only plants on the planet that provides Vitamin D3 and Multivitamins for men and women that offer benefits from over 27 fruits, vegetables and herbs. A good alternative to pills made in a science lab.
As an advocate for whole food, I want to support brands that make an effort to go back to natural, real ingredients so I’m very pleased that we can now safely consume vitamins made from real food too.
And as I like to often say: when in doubt… eat whole food and if you’re time poor or have problems digesting food and need supplementation always look for a non-synthetic and natural vitamin or mineral supplement such as Nature’s Way Whole Foods
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